Augusta lacks resources

Last night I dreamed that I signed up to take a Japanese language proficiency test, and when I finally went to take it, I didn’t know any of the answers. So I decided to just take the test with me and study it for next year.

It was pretty humiliating, in the dream, but I managed to keep an outward smile.

Then, this morning, oddly, I find a new comment on a post from a year and a half ago.

I searched for Japanese classes back then, and listed the only ones I found in that post. The commenter suggested that I check the Yellow Pages and local community colleges.

I guess she couldn’t tell from my post that I had done that already.

But hey, a year and a half has passed, I thought. Maybe things are different.

So I checked. ASU doesn’t have anything. Neither does USC Aiken. (These schools would probably argue that they are not community colleges, but you have to at least admit that they are very small.)

Here’s a list of all the “colleges” and “universities” I could find in the area. None of them has any courses even remotely related to Japanese. Many of them don’t have any foreign language courses at all. Augusta Technical College; Troy University; Savannah River College; Paine College; Brenau University; Southern Illinois University Off-Campus-Fort Gordon; Central Michigan University Off-Campus-Fort Gordon; Georgia Military College Augusta; Summit Christian College; Voorhees College; Piedmont Technical College; Cambridge College-Augusta

So no, Karen, I don’t live in an area with good educational resources, stuff beyond business, health, and trades.

I used to.

Oh well.

The closest real schools are the University of Georgia, 2 hours away, Georgia State University, 2 hours away, and the University of South Carolina‘s main campus in Columbia, an hour and a half away.

UGA has many, many different Japanese language courses, including your standard Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced, plus Business Japanese, Intensive Japanese, Directed Study in Japanese, and Readings in Japanese Literature.

GSU has Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced, with Intensive versions of each of those, plus Intermediate Composition and Conversation, a Pronunciation Clinic, an Intensive Grammar Review, Japanese Language and Society, Reading and Writing in Japanese, and Business Japanese.

USC has Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, and Japanese for Business.