South Korea: Make the Most of it!

I just finished my first full week of classes, and it was a little tiring but also really fun! Because my program counts for 6 hours of Korean, and it only lasts for four weeks, we have many hours of Korean everyday. Most days we have four hours of classes, but somedays, there are an extra two hours of classes. I have taken summer classes before, but it was never this intense. Haha, I don’t know if I’ve ever been so busy in the summer, but it is completely worth it! I am loving it so far because I love learning Korean! Even if it is tiring at times, it is so much fun and very rewarding!

Though classes make me a bit busy, I make time to explore the areas around me and hang out with the friends I’ve made. I came to South Korea to study Korean, but I also wanted to make the most of my short time here, so if any of my friends asks to do something or go somewhere, I try my best to join them because I want to make as many memories as I can! So far, I have been to karaoke too many times and travelled to many areas around Seoul for shopping, looking around tourist-y spots, and of course food! The food in Korea is amazing! My favorites so far have been Jjimdak, Sujebi, and Bingsoo! They are all so good! I’m getting hungry just writing about them!

Jjimdak is a marinated chicken dish!
Sujebi is a soup with veggies and dough flakes!
Bingsoo is a shaved ice dessert! This one is Strawberry Macaron flavored!

Also, my summer program at Korea University offers activities and trips to all students participating in the program. I definitely recommend doing this if you have the opportunity because you might end up going places and doing things that you would not have done otherwise!

Last weekend, I went on a trip planned by my program to Icheon and made pottery! It was really fun! We each were able mold clay into the shape and design that we desired, and afterwards, we were also given the opportunity to work with the teacher on the pottery wheel. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but it was fun either way haha! I really enjoyed this trip because I know I would have never decided to make pottery in Korea if my university didn’t already set it up for me! Also, because of this trip, I was able to meet more people in my program and make some new friends!

Overall, I think that studying is important, but it is also important to enjoy your time abroad! So, make the most of it!!

-Katelyn Tuck

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