Thanks to the great number of courses to choose from at OIST from those that serve to deepen my knowledge of my own specialization to those that allow me to learn other areas of research, I can build my own curriculum while following the advice of my professors. What I like best about OIST is the freedom to elect my own lab and degree thesis research theme and get all the advice I need. What's also appealing is the freedom to use the latest equipment. So if an idea pops into my head, I can immediately experiment with it using all the necessary devices and tools.
I used to be interested in journalism, so my project for the Professional Development Course was to set up a magazine with my classmates. There are many things to deal with when making a magazine like content, design, editing, financing and more. I learned from this project about the importance of deadlines, setting priorities, working as a team, the art of negotiation and the need to compromise sometimes. All of them were valuable lessons that I'm sure to apply in my career. Our endeavor was even reported in a local Okinawa newspaper. That really boosted my motivation.