Next Step for Nasuti – Moving On
No, I’m not going anywhere.
OK, that’s not entirely true. In September I’ll be traveling with my son Roman to Japan. We’ll be getting him settled into his new life as a college freshman. It promises to be a big adventure as this will be Roman’s first experience living away from mom and dad. Add to that a foreign culture and the language (Roman reads and writes Japanese but conversational immersion will be a new thing) and my son is going to be living a different life in a few weeks.
Life in Japan
I don’t have all the details straight but so far I know this: from his visit there to check out the school with my wife a few months ago, I know the food is great. Even in the school cafeteria. The school is in Fujisawa outside of Tokyo. Roman will be living about 5 or 10 minutes by bike from the campus. I’m not sure on his school breaks yet but I know the schedule differs dramatically from US schools. He doesn’t have Christmas off, which is fine with me being in the restaurant industry I can’t travel in peak season anyway.
Roman was accepted to three colleges: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Drexel University in Philadelphia & Keio. All three had a big research focus and offered programs that he was interested in. The main difference was Keio had a more global focus and of course the cultural experience of living in Japan.
His program is some kind of communications major that involves software programming. I forget exactly what it’s called. I don’t worry too much about not knowing the details of what he’s studying. You have to remember that I graduated from a high school culinary program while Roman graduated from Iolani with AP classes in calculus and physics his senior year. I only had to look at his homework and it made me nauseous.
Leaving a Mark
During his years at Iolani School, Roman had many opportunities. He made some great friends and contributed some meaningful work through the school’s Ala Wai canal monitoring project. He also managed to leave a small mark by representing the school in Washington, DC at the CyberPatriots competition sponsored by the US Air Force. Mostly though, it has been the school that has made a lasting difference. It has been a great experience for Roman and through my own work with the school at their various culinary fundraising events I’ve been very impressed. Tiki’s has supported the school since before my son was enrolled and I have no doubt that we will continue.
Hopes for the Future
In the near term I just hope he goes outside and gets off his computer once in a while. Long term I believe his opportunities are unlimited. That may include his location and I realize that doors may open up for him in Japan. My wife is from Korea and likes the idea of him being close to her home where her family is. She does speak Japanese and has visited Japan several times. It’s a very exciting time and I’m looking forward to our upcoming trip and being a small part of this big adventure.