One day I pondered why I was leading a life full of struggle. I dreamed of seeing the world. How could I better learn firsthand a culture outside of Korea. It was then I decided to apply for Sookmyung Women’s University exchange student program. Just the thought of it excited me: living overseas, le
Santa Claus, Moomin, lakes, saunas, birch trees and xylitol. What do all of these things have in common? They are all from Finland. From August 2014 to August 2015, I studied at the University of Tampere as an exchange student. Everyone, including my parents, criticized my choice, but it was a wise
I lived in the United States for two semesters as an exchange student. I had a fabulous time at Coe College (Coe), and it’s my pleasure to share my experience with fellow Sookmyungians, especially students considering applying for an exchange program. At first, I enrolled in the program expecting to
After completing my fourth semester of school, I wondered how to best improve myself. I came across the exchange student program on our university community website. At first it was really hard to decide which university to apply because there were so many available and in so many various countries.
Hello Sookmyungians. I am a student from the Department of Education who went to University of California, Davis for half a year; i.e., the Fall and Winter Quarters, as an exchange student. UC Davis is located in the city of Davis and offers students a pleasant study environment. Since Davis is loca
Becoming an international exchange student was one of my goals after entering university. After applying for and being selected, I started on my journey to Griffith College Dublin, Ireland for my senior year. Despite the reluctance by some people to persuade me to give it up for this being my final
I had always dreamed of living in a foreign country and wanted to experience a different culture. However, I was also a little worried, and I didn’t really expect my dream to come true. My days in Switzerland were like a dream come true, but some days were scary nightmares. Nevertheless, I love my d
I spent a dreamlike summer vacation at UC Berkeley, which I summarize as long yet short. It was a completely new environment for me, but I was able to attain good scores by studying hard just as I do at Sookmyung. I also traveled a lot in my spare time and made friends from all over the world. In th
After graduating high school, I thought I would finally do something that I wanted, not something I was required. However, I had to make choices that would benefit my future job. “I learned how to play piano and traveled around the world simply because I loved those activities” is not a a good state
In winter of 2013, I participated in the Global Best Program in Hawaii to have a new experience. Throughout the 3 weeks of the program, I used my English skills in the real world, and I had a wonderful time experiencing a new culture. It was a short time but I learned and experienced many things. Al
Life is the C (choice) between B (birth) and D (death). The one summarize my year exchange at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). Not only did I have to make a choice when selecting the program, I had to make several choices to open doors that presented themselves in front of me. Hiking mountai
“I thought you wanted to learn Chinese. Why are you going to Taiwan? The nation uses traditional Chinese characters and does not include character substitutions created after 1946 or newly developed ones either. It does not use the Chinese language of mainland China.” The thought of not using simpli
Europa Universitat Viadrina Frankfurt (EUVF) is located near the border of Poland and Germany. Whenever we wanted to eat pizza, we had to cross the river that links Poland and Germany. We went shopping for cosmetics and groceries in Poland but lived in Germany. It was a really unique experience as a
Last summer, the famous TV program, Grandpa over Flowers, which aired on tvN network, attracted great attention from audiences in Korea. I learnt for myself about the trend of traveling to Taiwan when I found Taiwan travel book on display as a bestseller in bookstores. People of all ages have opened
Reminiscing over the precious moments I had in Geneva last August, I suddenly felt as if I were still there. The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) program, not only gave me the s
“Social Network,” I watched this movie right after my first year in university in 2010. It is about Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg who creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook.
My misfortune led to fortune. Applying to be an exchange student, I never expected to go to Brunei. I applied for a university located in Florida, the United States and dreamed of basking in the sunshine on a blue beach. However, after getting selected as an exchange student for fall semester, 2012, I was presented with only few options. Among them, I chose Prague, Czech Republic, as it is famous for being a romantic city. I prepared for the journey to Prague but all of a sudden the International Office gave me bad news. They encountered an unexpected problem with the university in Prague, so I could only go there for one semester, not for one year. I was embarrassed and disappointed as my plan collapsed. However, they suggested going to another place for the other semester. I looked at the bad news as an opportunity. Seeing the list of available places with a fluttering heart, Brunei caught my attention.
“Are you going there to study, not for a vacation?” My friends asked the question again and again. This is because of the fact that Hawaii is a famous place for tourism. I also was aware of the fact, and worried that I would not study when I got the message from the Sookmyung’s Office of International Affairs about the Global Best Program. However, now asI finished the program, I am glad that participated.