For being eligible to apply, do I have to be a university student?
Born in the year 1998. Currently studying Waseda University, School of Political Science and Economics.
This time, we have an interview with a current resident of U Share Nishi-Waseda, Geo Han.
Geo is currently serving as a Resident Assistant (RA) at U Share Nishi Waseda since April 2023. Born in South Korea, he has lived in Japan for 13 years, and thus, he is fluent in Japanese, English, and Korean. Upon his graduation in September 2023, he will be pursuing a career in the Investment Banking Division (IBD) of a Japanese investment bank, a decision heavily influenced by his time at U Share Nishi Waseda and interactions with the Founders and residents.
The biggest lesson I learned is the importance of networking. One of the biggest reasons why I decided to live in U Share was because I wanted to connect with different students, and I am glad that I made it come true and was able to learn its worth too. After I started to live in U Share and connected with different residents, they introduced me to their network, creating a positive loop. Also, U Share Nishi Waseda offers a tightly knit network with the Founders and professionals as well. Therefore, my network expanded rapidly after a few months. Having good connections itself is obviously one of the elements that make youｒ life more fruitful, but I also noticed that I became more flexible as a person after learning to live with others and interact with others on a daily basis.
I like how we can utilize the communal space in U Share Nishi Waseda depending on seasons. My favorite thing to do in summer is definitely BBQ parties on the rooftop. It is not only a fun activity but also a great opportunity to connect with other residents or network with more people outside of U Share Nishi Waseda in a casual way. In winter, we often watch movies together using the beam projector and speakers in the basement. This brings us closer and gives us a home-away-from-home feeling. The thing I like about Waseda is the variety of cuisine you can experience. One of my favorite Italian restaurants is a 3 min walk from U Share and you can grab a quality French brunch within a 10 min walk. Additionally, the geographical location of Waseda and U Share is nicely positioned so that you can access the most popular locations in Tokyo within 40 min.
I believe people with the following two qualities will enjoy living in U Share.
1. Someone with a strong sense of purpose. Most people in U Share have a clear goal or clear purpose in life, and we learn new things by sharing our philosophies and ideologies.
2. Someone who constantly acts, instead of waiting. Although the U Share Founders and RAs do a wonderful job at helping residents adjust to life in U Share, it’s ultimately up to the residents to decide how the U Share community moves. If residents constantly pitch new ideas or events, the leadership will actively move to make them happen. If residents grow complacent and maintain a passive attitude, it’s that much harder for the leadership to improve the U Share community.