Two Realizations through the Program – Saki Nishino
Hello! I am Saki Nishino from Tokyo, Japan. I’ve just finished my first week at iLEAP where I learned lots of things, and I want to share two things that are really important for me.
First, I learned the importance of awareness. Through an activity, I realized that I sometimes try to persuade others to see my way instead of trying to understand them. In addition to this, when others try to persuade me, it pushes me to believe even more strongly that I am right. The activity made me realize that I do not try to listen to others when I believe I am right. I think learning this was really important, since it can happen really easily when we have our own projects and put so much passion into it. We might think “I am right because I am the one who thinks about it the most,” however, it is really important to keep a space for accepting other’s ideas to make the project better.
Second, I realized relying on others does not always mean that you are weak. One of the reasons why I participated in this program is to overcome my weaknesses. I often try to solve issues by myself, without relying on others because I’ve believed that relying on others meant that I was not capable of dealing with it by myself. I see this trait as my weakness because there will be times when I really need help from others. Thus, I want to overcome it, to be ready for implementing the Change Project when I return to Japan.
One day, we had an activity to get to know everyone deeply. What we did was simply answering questions with a yes or no, but some of them were questions that I have hesitated to share my answers to. After the activity, I found I had so many emotions that I hadn’t processed yet. Then, I realized this was the time for me to really challenge myself and take a step forward.
So, I decided to be truly honest with one of my friends and shared how I was really feeling. After talking with him, I felt my mind became clearer. This experience made me realize that relying on others and being vulnerable does not always mean that I am weak, but it is one of the skills that I need to have to grow. I had many findings just for one week. For the second week, we will have various opportunities to see social enterprises and meet various people who have devoted themselves to make the world better place. I am excited to learn from those opportunities as well as expanding my Change Project.