The past year was such a learning and growing experience for me. I know that I’ll always remember how my YASC year gave me so many opportunities that I never could have imagined last year before I left. Even now in seminary, I have to stop myself from talking about Japan constantly! On my desk in my dorm room is a picture of some of the kids I taught English to every Friday of last year. I love to look at it and remember the place I was living last month and the people that I got to know well over the course of last year. Even if I return to Japan to visit, I’ll never again have an identical experience to my YASC year in Nagoya. For me, that year only lives in my memories, pictures and stories. However, that experience is now a part of my experiences and is therefore a part of who I am. As I begin new adventures and new studies, I am better prepared because I carry with me the experience of my year in Nagoya.