Life in Japan

Graduation Speech・卒業スピーチ

Hey everyone! Welcome to my blog and my first blog post.


I graduated from the Language School Affiliated with Tokyo International University (TIUJ) last month. I wanted to share my graduation speech to celebrate that! I wanted to write more but as there was a character limit set by the school, I couldn’t. To be honest, this was just supposed to be an essay but I had to present it as a speech in the school’s speech contest since I became the class representative (it was embarrassing, haha).


These two years has been a crazy ride. Thank you for taking care of me. I was able to meet a lot of good people and make great memories together. I learned a lot, I can’t thank my teachers enough. I’ll work harder on my Japanese now that school’s over. This blog is the first step. Please continue to support me and this blog!


The “me” in Japan

Ever since I turned 22, I feel like the flow of time became faster and faster. Looking back two years ago, my life was completely different. That time, I was a regular company employee. Everyday, I took the same train, ate the same meals. I was not dissatisfied with my situation but I wanted to change something. I was a graphic designer in my country but since salaries are very low there and studying abroad is quite expensive, it wasn’t an option for me. Thanks to my mom, I was able to study here in Tokyo, Japan, which is my dream city. Since then, there were a lot of changes in me and my lifestyle.


Before coming to Japan, my Japanese level was really low but I’ve come a long way and reached N2 level. We don’t really use kanji (Chinese characters) in the Philippines so I had a lot to learn compared to my classmates. I was not good at reading long articles and stories in particular, but because I practiced a lot in school, I gradually improved. To be honest, I didn’t think I was capable of reaching this level. I do know I still have a lot to learn so I want to continue and do my best.


Compared to my home country, Japan’s living and school expenses is quite expensive. In order for me study here, my mom sacrificed a lot of things so I want to repay my mom somehow. Until now, my family has been very supportive of me; so in the future, I want to be able to support them too. I wanted to be independent here in Japan so I did part-time work while I was studying. Thanks to my part-time job, I met a lot of people and my world became bigger and bigger. With my own abilities, I was able to pay my own tuition fees and living expenses starting November 2018. The life of an international student is not exactly easy. Still, I think it was a fulfilling journey.


When I was a child, I thought that being an adult meant having your own house, work, and salary. Two years ago, I was that kind of person, but I didn’t really feel like an adult. However, studying in Japan made me realize the true meaning of adulthood. I became a person who could stand on her own, financially and mentally. I overcame each and every difficulty, gradually grew up, and became an adult.


Now, while living an independent life, I can experience a lot of new things. I’m able to live this kind of life, thanks to everyone.


Thank you so much for reading! If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to leave a comment below. See you on my next blog post!



  • ルカ
    2020年4月12日 at 7:25 pm


  • Mabelle Pureza
    2020年4月13日 at 8:57 am

    I can onlybe happy for you because you’ve pursued your dreams and became what you have envisioned for yourself. The meaning of success is relative. It’ s your own definition that matters. Keep on! God bless you!

    • ケイリ 🌸KHAYLEE
      2020年4月14日 at 11:44 am

      Thank you Ma’am Mabelle! I still have a long way to go but I owe where I am now to you and all the other great teachers I had. I’ll keep working harder! ✨

  • Louise
    2020年4月13日 at 9:48 am

    Congratulations, Khaylee! I’m very happy for you! As I’ve always said, you deserve all the happiness and success for you worked extremely hard for them. And thank you for always reminding us (your friends) that sometimes we just need to take that leap of faith if we want something to happen or change. Lovelots and congratulations on your blog as well ❤️✨

  • Pau-chan
    2020年4月13日 at 11:48 am

    Not gonna lie, I got a bit teary eyed while reading this. Idk your full story and we haven’t been in touch as much as we used to, but I’m super duper proud of you Aya-chan! I’m so happy that you have achieved your dream!! I’m always amazed by your achievements and how you became strong and independent in a foreign country on your own. It’s truly inspiring and I hope I can meet you there in the future! I’m sure you’ll repay your family and even give back more. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!! All the love and support!!

    • ケイリ 🌸KHAYLEE
      2020年4月14日 at 11:41 am

      Hello Pau-chan! Thanks so much for reading! I know we haven’t been talking as much as before but just know you’ll always be one of my treasured friends. ❤️ Thank you for staying and I hope we can see each other again when we have the chance. I’ve always got your back!

  • Tish
    2020年7月29日 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Khakylee! Just wanted to ask about your journey since it’s also my dream to study and work there!


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