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公衆衛生学研究科修士課程修了生代表 固武 利奈

The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and the warm spring breeze seemed to calm my anxious heart as I entered the door of St. Luke's International University on my first day of class. That was about a year ago, but I still remember it vividly as if it were just yesterday. Excitement and perhaps a little bit of fear filled the air as I and my classmates greeted our faculty and staff for the first time. I will never forget the smiles and warm welcome we received from everyone on that day. I felt like we were treated as a family, like we were a part of a big team. The Graduate School of Public Health is indeed an ideal interactive educational environment with a rich diversity of students from various cultures and professional backgrounds. The unique curriculum and dedicated faculty and staff made it possible for the school to achieve its aim of "providing high-quality graduate education in public health that meets global standards for the training of professionals who can contribute to improving the quality of health care.” This school indeed exceeded whatever expectations I had when I joined the MPH program.

In behalf of the graduating class of 2020, I would like to extend our sincerest and heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Tsuguya Fukui, President of St. Luke’s International University, Dr. Hiroyoshi Endo, Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, and to all the members of the faculty and staff, for walking alongside all of us throughout our journey. The journey we embarked on was not an easy one. But with the supportive faculty and friendly classmates, who all had a common goal of seeking for a high-quality health care for everyone, it became more meaningful and worthwhile to study and learn more about public health at this school.

This day may mark the end of our journey as students of the Graduate School of Public Health, but it also marks the beginning of our new path as public health professionals. I hope that with the degree which we just earned, we all can act as seeds, which would grow into big trees, or a ripple that could create a big wave of positive changes in the field of public health in the near future.

It is quite unfortunate that we did not have the chance to personally thank our teachers and bid them goodbye. However, as public health professionals, we have the deepest understanding of the difficult decision the school administration had to make. Although we have lesser chances of setting foot in this school again, we are still somehow connected through our bond as alumni of the Graduate School of Public Health at St. Luke's International University.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my project supervisor, Dr. Mihye Lee, and the director at my workplace, Dr. Hideko Yamauchi, for their guidance and support. I am also grateful to my parents for their endless love, and to God for seeing me through difficult times and for all the blessings He has given me.

To all my fellow graduates, may God be the light to the paths that we choose in achieving our own goals. May God bless us all.