Hello, this is Narazaki from the iU Blog.
I’m going to introduce to you the iU school building, so let’s explore it together! By the way, if you haven’t visited our school building yet, or if you are interested in iU, please take a look around.
First floor – Entrance
At the entrance, there is a high-tech thermometer monitor, which takes your temperature even with a mask on. The temperature is taken instantly, so you don’t have to wait for a long time in front of the machine or feel frustrated to take your temperature. After completing the temperature check, we can go to the reception desk.
Japan is still under a state of emergency, and our school follows that guideline. So, I had to apply for admission by 4:00 p.m. the day before. There are set time schedules, but I often forgot about it. We were informed that the declaration of emergency will be lifted in a few days, so I’m looking forward to that! I also heard that once the declaration is lifted, you won’t need to apply the day before and guests will be able to enter the iU campus. Please come and visit iU when the declaration is lifted.
Now, back to the main topic. After passing the reception desk, a bright entrance awaits you, where you can also find the iU logo.
The door at the back of the entrance leads to the plaza outside, where children often play on the campus grounds. When iU students feel tired, they also go outside to refresh themselves. On a clear day, the air is delicious and the view of Sky Tree tower is very pleasant. I have also seen students playing catch before their classes. It looks like fun, and it also seems to improve blood circulation and make your brain work better.
This is a place where students and faculty can have meetings, work, and relax. This is also where we held the iU Fest e-Sports tournament last year. (see URL link)
The iU Hub has an open feel and comfortable sofas, so it is sometimes used for guests and visitors. The private rooms in the back are called labs, and if you start a business at iU, you can register the lab as your office. However, the early bird gets the worm! Don;t worry, there are a number of labs on each floor, so there’s no need to rush.
The cafeteria offers a menu that changes daily. The portions are reasonably large, which is great for students who have a big appetite. In the first year, the partitions were opaque, so it was very difficult to have a conversation. I heard that the partitions have recently been made transparent, so next year we can enjoy eating, seeing each other, and talking!
By the way, the curry in the iU cafeteria is famous among the students for being very spicy, so please try it when you visit the school.
Lab 7: Wonder Bowline
There are several labs on every floor, but I’d like to show you the company I actually work for, Wonder Bowline Inc. which also has an office in iU.
This lab is equipped with a digital lock, as requested by the CEO, Mr. Ebata, a full-time professor at iU. The students are allowed to use it freely, and we are grateful for the opportunity. But, to open the lock, you must use an app on your smartphone.
Inside, you’ll find the Takibi cooker that Wonder Bowline carries, some of Prof. Ebata’s books, and a desk.
And you can see the Skytree from this office too! I think the labs on the Skytree side will be the first to be allocated, so the early bird gets the worm.
This classroom can be used for a wide range of purposes, including face-to-face classes, meetings between students, and self-study. As we walk down the corridor and look around the classroom, I see a person who looked like a student, so I approach him.
It is Inoue, my friend and colleague from Wonder Bowline.
Me: Good morning! What are you doing?
Inoue: Right now, I’m practicing hacking.
Me: Hacking⁉ Isn’t that a crime?
Inoue: This is hacking from virtual space to virtual space, so don’t worry. It’s just a practice.
Me: Wow. Tell me more about it sometime!
Inoue: That’s totally fine! See you soon!
This classroom, which was being used by Inoue, can be used as you like! I often study in the classroom when I come to school, and I highly recommend it because you can get a lot done! It seems that Inoue is studying the field of IT security and is gathering all his information in English! Inoue is also a very interesting student, and I’m planning to write an interview about him soon! Please look forward to it.
The library has a lot of technical and business books that are useful for business and research, and iU students can borrow as many as they want! I am also a big fan of this library.
The library is a great place to read books and do self-study. It is my favorite place because it is quiet and I can see the Sky Tree tower as well.
This classroom is primarily for presentations. Until now, this classroom has not been used much due to the Corona pandemic situation, but I think it will be used more and more in the future. Let’s all gain a lot of presentation experience here and become masters of presentations!
This is the hall used for large classes and events. It’s probably the biggest classroom in the school building, and it is where we held the e-Sports tournament broadcast in a joint project with BS11, as well as the live broadcast of the iU festival last year.
On days when we have classes, we also take accounting and “Waku Waku i Juku,” where we invited visiting professors to speak to us!
How was your school exploration? If you have not been to the iU campus yet, did you get a good idea of what the school is like? There are still some classrooms that I haven’t introduced yet, but you’ll have to come to iU and explore them for yourself! After the pandemic situation improves, you can come to the school as a regular visitor. We also hold an open campus periodically, the next one being held on March 28th, so please come and join us!
And for those of you who will be part of the incoming freshman class or sophomores, in iU next year, you’ve paid a lot of money so take advantage of the campus offerings! Just because it’s an online class at the moment doesn’t mean you should let your guard down! Don’t let the online classes put you off!
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