The Olympics will offer an opportunity for all of us to participate as volunteers. Regrettably, it seems that most young people are indifferent to Tokyo 2020 even though it would help widen our view of the world.

I suggest my fellow university students should make use of this chance, but there is a problem. The Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 24 to Aug. 9. This will overlap with university exams — and discourage students from volunteering.

To avert this, universities should give special consideration to students who volunteer to help at the Olympics. For example, Tokyo Metropolitan University has announced it won’t hold any classes or exams while the Olympics are running.

Volunteering for the Olympics will allow us to interact with many people who have a variety of viewpoints. Take advantage of this opportunity. Surely, being involved in such an activity will lead to self-improvement.

In addition to these benefits, engaging as a volunteer will be useful when it comes to job-hunting.

With the Tokyo Olympics as a staring point, I want to leave a human legacy.


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