Learning about the importance of teamwork from the soccer club

Public Relations Office        August 28, 2014

SEGGUJA JULIUS (Uganda), 4th-year student, School of International Studies


-Please tell us about your campus life at KG.

KG’s campus is very cosmopolitan. I can learn from other international students about cultures and fads in their countries. I enjoy learning about the world on campus every day. I played soccer in Uganda for a long time, so I joined the soccer club at KG and played as a member for two and a half years from my freshman year. At first, I was surprised to see the members training very hard.
-What did you learn from the soccer club?

The importance of teamwork. In Uganda, we place no emphasis on players’ participation in training and their attitudes. Good players can participate in games, and training focuses on improving individuals’ skills. At KG, all members, regardless of their skill levels, as well as all staff members think about what they can do for the club and strive to make contributions. I felt they had a strong sense of team spirit.

-You speak Japanese very well. Please tell us tips on how to master a foreign language.

It’s important to try to speak as much as possible. In my case, I listen carefully to words that I don’t understand in conversations with my friends, and memorize the words. Then I find out and understand what they mean. Finally, I use the words when talking with other people. By repeating this process, I’ve been able to speak Japanese much better, although at first I didn’t understand even hiragana.
-What kind of behavior of KG students interests you?

They talk to foreign people they don’t know in a friendly manner. They speak to me particularly often, because I’m black. When I was doing muscle training in the Training Center, Japanese KG students said, “You’re doing great!” and “You have great muscles.” When I responded “If you continue training, you’ll be able to do this much,” they said “Wow! You can speak Japanese fluently!” Then our conversation became exciting and we clicked with each other instantly. I’m happy to have made many Japanese friends. In fact, students in Uganda show little interest in foreigners.

-Please tell us about your future dream.

I want to use my knowledge and skills that I’ve acquired in Japan to help children in Uganda and other African countries achieve their dreams. After graduation, I will join a major Japanese mini-vehicle maker. So I will absorb as much knowledge and skills as I can. I also want to communicate the importance of teamwork that I learned from the soccer club to African children.

-Please boast about your home country.

I most recommend visiting Lake Victoria, the largest lake on the African Continent. The lake is surrounded by lush greenery and you can enjoy a superb view. Ugandan food is great, and in particular, matoke is delicious. Matoke is a dish made from boiled green bananas and brown soup. You can add vegetables and meat if you like. Matoke looks like curry, but it tastes sweet. Ugandan people have a sweet tooth and don’t like spicy food very much.

-Please tell us what your favorite Japanese word or phrase is.

My favorite phrase is “Senri no michi mo ippo kara (The longest journey begins with a single step).” It’s my life motto. Looking back on my life, first, I grasped the opportunity to come to Japan, was able to enter KG and speak Japanese, and then finally, I found a job in Japan. I’m sure that I should be able to achieve my goals, no matter how big they are, if I continue to make efforts diligently without giving up.