My discovery of the Monbukagakusho

Something amazing happened one day as I was looking up scholarships online and happened to type ‘Japan’ in the search box, not even expecting to find anything. There it was, the monbukagakusho, otherwise known as the MEXT scholarship. (Ministry of Education culture, sports, science and Technology. I think)

I read through it and it sort of went like this in my mind:

-Full scholarship to Japan
What? You gotta be kidding me. I bet it’s only graduates though.
-Undergraduate
Ok, looking good so far, but I bet I can’t do it because of the age limit. -_-
-17yrs-22 for 2015
0.0…This can’t be right! Hold on, don’t get happy yet. There’s bound to be some condition which single me out like usual… How was it that I just barely made it?!

At this point, I read the guidelines and I kind of held my breath as I read along and didn’t find anything I didn’t qualify for. I read it again. And Again, and again. At this point I was bursting with so much happiness that… it felt like I was floating.

I remember telling my sister that over and over again. I kept telling her, ‘I’m floating’

As you can tell, I’m weird like that. From the way I acted it was as if I had won the scholarship, which I haven’t YET. (Confidence. Confidence.Confidence.)
My sister thought I had won from the way I was acting.

I guess you wouldn’t understand why I was happy unless you were in my head. Normally, any great program I find has criteria which factors me out in one way or another. It’s usual age. I’ve never been in my correct grade since way back so I’m usually in a class with younger kids.

When I want to do some stuff grade wise like contests it usually has an age limit and so I’m out.

This scholarship was just too good to be true. I had to go out and do as much research as I could. Man,it is HARD finding info on the winners, I’ve found only four winners, one of which I get a lot of info from.

Shout out to Eustacia at
http://nihonjinjanai.blogspot.ca/ (LOVELY site)

Luckily I managed to get my hands on a book from 2005, which is probably outdated. The bad news was it didn’t help me much in understanding how to apply and practice for stuff and guide me to a successful application BUT It was a book that was meant for those who had won the scholarship . I’ve literally have held on to it like the bible, (figure of speech, I’m not even christian.) This book gave me some insight on what to prepare for as a winner. (I know, I know, I’m getting ahead of myself) It even answered some my my questions and helped me understand the MEXT scholarship a little bit more.

I’m so happy I’ve applied but I nearly messed up big time by forgetting to add my signatures on the form. Good thing I submitted it a day before the dead line because I was able to go back and finish it off. I guess that made me look bad though. 😦

I think I did good considering the fact that I discovered the scholarship at the beginning of may when it was due on the 30th of the same month.

Now to prepare for the exams.

dun dun duuuuun

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