Discovering patterns in children’s books
Nur Nameerah Binti Mohd Fadzil
She holds a special connection with children’s books.
“I spent most of my childhood reading books, and being inspired by them to write my own stories,” says the fourth-year student. “Because of that, I decided that my research should be about children’s books.”
From programming to patterns
She went to primary school in Sudan and high school in Saudi Arabia. Growing up, she was exposed to Japanese culture via Japan-related events and television programs, and became interested in the country’s music, food, and culture. She was interested in going to university in Japan, but had never studied the language—which made the English-language GIGA program a perfect fit.
Like many SFC students, what she planned to study coming in and what she ended up doing in the end were quite different. She initially chose SFC because of its good reputation for programming. But after a few programing classes, she decided it wasn’t her path.
“I kind of decided to change my field. That’s what’s nice about SFC. If you decide to change your course of study suddenly, you’re allowed to do that.”
It was then that she had her fateful encounter with pattern language:
“I was always interested in education and writing, but I didn’t think that I would do it academically. One of my friends who was already in the seminar for pattern language suggested that I join as well. The seminar is usually in Japanese, but the professor opened an English one, so I decided to join it.”
Though she’s Japanese has improved greatly since coming to SFC, she was delighted to have access to this seminar in English. She notes that these days, a number of other professors have been offering in English, too, seminars that were originally in Japanese only.
For those considering SFC and the GIGA program, she echoes many of her fellow students in noting that the university is definitely for those who are willing to take an active approach:
“It’s important to have a plan already. You can’t just sit there and wait for the professor to suggest something. You have to kind of be a go-getter and decide on your own project.”
Note: Titles, affiliations, student years, etc. indicated for individuals are accurate at the time of January 2018.