Last week, I was invited to go to a high school event, so on Friday I went to a high school near Hyogo University's Himeji campus. I wasn't the only foreign student that went, but I was the only American. The high school students had an English speech contest, but we didn't make it in time, so we didn't get to see it. However, after lunch, a couple of students came to get me and another foreign student and took us back to their classroom to talk.
After the students introduced themselves with prepared English introductions, I and the other foreign student introduced ourselves. Many of them were a bit nervous, but I guess that's to be expected. I think American students would be nervous, too, if they had to introduce themselves in Japanese. After the introductions, I and the other student were asked some questions, and then we asked some questions, too, but I don't have much experience asking large groups questions, so I'm not very good at it. The truth is that I wanted to have a little one-on-one time to talk, but I wasn't able to. When I was asked if I had any questions for the class, all I could think of were questions related to my recent research. If I had asked a question like, "What are your dreams for the future?", of course most of the students wouldn't have answered, so I would have had to ask them individually. But, I thought that would have been weird. It really wasn't the right time to ask that kind of question.
However, I had fun meeting them and visiting their classroom. If I have another opportunity, I'd like to go again.