(Private post just published.)
Reza drove me to the Embassy of Japan rather early in the morning. It was practical, since his office is just along the road.
At the registration counter, I saw a few more people who were selected for the interview, waiting for the Embassy to open its doors.
We introduced and had a brief chat about ourselves.
Once we were granted the permission to go in, we were asked to go to the upper floor of the Embassy, the part that I’ve never been to before. We were greeted by A, the person responsible in communicating with prospective applicants. She’s the go-to person when it comes to scholarships at the Embassy.
All of us were led to a conference room. It’s time for the assessment — some multiple choice and comprehension questions. I still can’t get a clear mind when doing the algebra questions, but the comprehension part was there to save me. I hope 😆 Overall I think I did alright.
After that came the interview session. We were called into another room, one by one. The interviewer was a professor from the university and was there whether we’re good fit to receive the scholarship and to enter Hitotsubashi. Figured he’s been in the States for a while because of his accent. He seemed very passionate about his field of work. He asked me the reason behind the application and wanted to know more about me.
I stayed up late to prepare for the interview, so my eyebags were hugeee. Because of this, I consciously smiled a lot to conceal the resting bitchface and eyebags (I tell you, it took so much effort).
Anyway, I told him my story, the things that I’ve experienced and the things that have led to this. When he asked for more details I was confident to share, because I felt like I prepared enough and knew what I wanted. After that, we shook hands and I left the Embassy.