Mentor’s Name: Gopal Krishna
After school I dabbled in a few courses, and felt frustrated that I was not sure what I wanted to study. When I changed my mind for the third time, my father suggested that I focus on Japanese studies since I enjoyed my beginner’s language class so much. He felt that I need not worry about a career at this point. What was important was to do well, for which I should study what I enjoyed.
This was when I began thinking of my father as my mentor. His encouragement and confidence in me were incredibly reassuring. He helped me find a niche for myself that reflected my strengths and interests.
My father also played a crucial role in my decision to go to Japan for a master’s degree. He researched university programs and knew more than I did about scholarship requirements or the cost of accommodation. He proof read my essays and had invaluable inputs.
We had a lot in common and our interest in Japan brought us really close to each other. As he had a business connection with Japan and traveled there often I grew up hearing about his experiences. When I spent my third year of university in Japan as an exchange student he enjoyed my stories on campus life and exploring around.
My father has had profound impact on me. I am so grateful for his good advice, encouragement and keen interest in my life. Since his passing five years ago he has become a role model for me. In the future I hope to have a professional association with Japan just as he did.