The first episode takes us to the protagonist’s junior year of high school. The episode starts by showing Gogata in his surrounding environment through the eyes of his classmates: shy, stubborn, quiet. In one word: an outsider. Yet, this boy distinguishes himself by winning competitions and scholarships on national levels. Coming from a middle-class family with no college graduates, he constantly looks for opportunities and considers applying for colleges abroad. His first thoughts are to stay close to his family and apply for schools in Europe (Denmark, The Netherlands, The UK); this changes when Gogata hears about the Fulbright Commission’s United States Achievements Program. The protagonist applies at the very last day and gets invited for an interview.