Following my Heart’s Desires!
It’s crazy to think how much time has passed already… It’s been over a month since I came back from South Korea. The semester overseas felt both too short and too long. The memories that I have of Korea and of the friends that I made there are unforgettable. To me, meeting and hanging out with each and every one of them felt like it was yesterday (Picture 1).
I’ve always been interested in the language, food, and culture of Asia, especially South Korea. In my spare time, one of my favorite things to do is watch Korean movies and dramas and listen to Korean music. I never thought I would have an opportunity to study abroad to Korea due to my busy schedule and I did not think our school had any programs going to Korea. While helping out at the International house in the Fall 2012, I started to chit chat with a fellow friend who was also interested in Korea. She told me Washburn had a program that sent students to Korea. After hearing about the Magellan Exchange Program to Korea, I immediately looked into studying abroad.
My study abroad experience was filled with learning, adventures, self-seeking, and a lot of fun. When I was in Korea, I got to study the Korean language, learn about their history, and see their cultures (Picture 2 and 3). I also got to go on adventures to different places in Korea and see their traditional palaces (Picture 4 and 5). Personally, for me, the best part of being in Korea was finding myself and figuring out what I wanted out of life. For one of the class assignments, we had to hike up Suri Mountain (Picture 6). To me, it was the scariest thing ever… I’ve never hiked before and I sure did not want the other students to see me fail. It was tempting to pretend to be sick that day but I did not … I faced my fears and went. And boy was it tough!!!!!! But this mountain that I hiked… it represented my goals and what I wanted in life. The difficulties of climbing that mountain represented the challenges I have faced or will face in seeing to the end of my goals. I learned that by taking things one step at a time, a little bit of encouragement, a little bit of fear, and occasionally asking for help doesn’t hurt… in fact that was what helped me get to the top.
I hope I will always carry what I’ve learned from Korea with me all the time. I intend to live my life to the fullest and make everything that I have a blessing. And I sure hope my story will bring others in line to study abroad!!!
Hanging out with The Crew aka The International Students.
Studying Korean with the International students at Anyang U.
Learning and playing a traditional Korean game, Yuut, with Markus Togrund and Marc von Schroeter.
At the palace.
Pillars at the palace.
Hiking for the first time in my life at Surisan, with Daniel Alexander and White Chou.