本気の学生ほど恐いものはない (Never Underestimate the Power of Students and their Potential)

This is a reflection (English after Japanese) by Sonoko, one of our class assistants for the current Spring 2017 class. Although she is not one of the 12 participants, Sonoko assists with class preparations and audits class sessions. She is currently a students at Tsuda University.

This is a reflection (English after Japanese) by Sonoko, one of our class assistants for the current Spring 2017 class. Although she is not one of the 12 participants, Sonoko assists with class preparations and audits class sessions. She is currently a students at Tsuda University.

【本気の学生ほど恐いものはない】

 

Sekai Creatorが始まってからすでに4回のミーティングが終わった今、12人の学生の存在が、近くにも遠くにも感じられます。なぜだろう。

それはきっと、彼らの本気度と「やってしまえる」力が、私の想像をはるかに超えていたからかもしれません。

各自の進展状況を毎回のミーティングで全員と共有するのですが、部屋の片隅で必死にメモを取っている私も、思わず顔を上げて聞き入ってしまいます。特に、プロジェクト実現のためのデータ収集や人脈作りのスピード感には圧倒されてばかりです。

例えば、傘のレンタルサービス導入に挑戦している学生。

「突然の雨の日も、気軽に借りられる傘があったら。」そのアイデアの背景には、大量廃棄されている忘れ物の傘をリサイクルし、かつ使い捨てにされてしまう傘を減らしたいという思いもあるそう。

その実現のために、サービスの使い手となる学生や大人(学生食堂のおじちゃんにも)にインタビューしたり、一方でサービス運営の協力者となりうる企業の方に直接交渉したりと、その抜かりのなさに驚くばかりです。

他にも、「満員電車に代わる通勤手段」や「大学教授の評価サイト」を立ち上げようとしている学生もいます。12人全員分をここで紹介できないのが惜しい!

そんな彼らの意外な素顔を知りたいなあというのが、筆者の密かな願いであったりします。

そのこ (Assistant Student of Sekai Creator)

 
 

Never Underestimate the Power of Students and Their Potential

 
 

Four sessions have passed with these 12 participants and I feel both closer and distant from them.

Why? 

The reason might be that their passion and potential to make something happen are beyond my expectations. 

Although my job is to take notes during our meetings, it is hard not to get distracted by their interesting stories, in addition to their incredible data collecting skills and ability to build strong connections with people.

Let me introduce you to some of their interesting projects. “Rental Umbrella Service” is one of our students' projects. The concept is simple ― offer people an umbrella in case of sudden rain. However, what is behind this concept is a focus on the amount of waste that is being produced due to lost umbrellas. So in order to break this bad cycle, she wants to reuse and recycle abandoned umbrellas in the best way possible. 

In order to launch this project, she decided to interview her future customers, including students and other people, like cafeteria staff. At the same time, she negotiated with managers at several companies in the hope of finding potential partners. 

Just to give you an idea about other projects, we also have “Alternative Traffic Commute System in Tokyo” or Japanese version of “Rate My Professor." I wish I could go deeper into details about all 12 projects, but that’s going to have to wait until next time. 

In the meantime, I hope to share the real face of these participants with you all, whether they like it or not! 

- Sonoko (Assistant Student of Sekai Creator)