In today’s Drama Communication class the students presented their rehearsed sketches about the pros and cons of ECT, as well as a general overview of the topic. As usual I was somewhat taken aback by their inventiveness and wit, with some of the sketches causing me to squawk out loud in a manner very unbecoming of a lecturer! The progress that many of the students have made in terms of confidence and a willingness to engage is remarkable, and it had been a great honour to be a part of that journey.
The Tokyo Institute of Technology has also been impressed with what we have been doing, so much so that they have asked us to take a performance/workshop over to China at the end of March, as part of the University’s 130th anniversary celebrations with their twinned Beijing counterpart. As part of the trip we have to select a number of students to take with us, and to help in the process we conducted a series of short interviews (after today’s lesson), where we aked the students why they wanted to go to China, and why they thought Scientific Communication was important. Most of the answers were intelligent and heartfelt, and some of them were very moving (one student talked of how before they had started this course they had no foreign friends), but there was also that horrible feeling that the students felt as though we were judging them. On a more positive note I can finally cross out recruitment advisor from my list of possible future jobs.