ALL PHOTOS FROM KANG
For me, being an exchange student means more than just studying abroad. It was a challenge to my limitation. At university, I met students who are superior in English to me. And that stimulated me to start studying English. Finally, I got conditions for exchange student, like TOEFL scores and university grades. I applied for University in America 2008, but I failed. At that moment, I realized there is one point that I missed. It was the answer to the question; what should I study abroad, for what purpose? Until that, exchange student meant just experience in abroad and life in an English speaking country. But I realized, I need an obvious goal for my major and field. So before I applied at the next chance, I attended English language classes, and considered my future career. I found notice for 2009,
Introduction of Gold Coast
Australia Gold Coast is a vacation spot where you can enjoy warm sunlight all year round. Every year, not only foreign visitors but also many Australian visitors come this spot. Griffith University Gold Coast campus is situated near many tourist attractions. I usually went to Surfers’ Paradise Beach and it is really a beautiful spot. At dawn, I enjoyed sunrise, and at afternoon, under warm sunlight, I enjoyed reading books and listening to music. At night, I played with my friends at various kinds of parties.
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Living as an Exchange Student
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What I want to emphasize the most is, have a clear thought on what you want to study ahead applying for the program and be exposed to English using surroundings as much as possible by attending lectures in English. For the students who are to leave as exchange students, I hope them not to concentrate on improving English only. When they do so they are not able to appreciate academic experiences. Additionally, they are easily being distressed because their English skills are different from other students. Furthermore, I hope them not to limit themselves because of the nationality that “I am Korean.” ‘I,’ myself, is the most important that it is significant to experience as much as ‘I’ want. Finally, students have to evade racial discrimination. For the reason to make a improvement in English skill, most Korean exchange students show amicable attitude to western students, while they tend not to Asian students. It is agreeable to have relationships with students from all the nations since this helps us to understand and experience different and various cultures. In addition to that, we can meet Asian friends easily after the program ends. The fascination of the exchange student program is to grow up and encounter oneself in the process of accepting differences without perception. The most difficult part was the linguistic communication. The first fact that I realized is that other foreign students cannot afford my poor English but they don’t care about me. Since they had other friends fluent in English from English-speaking countries, I was the one who needed to make an attempt. I realized that to be a friend it was necessary for me to participate in conversations and be with them as much as possible. I participated in parties to make friends, watching movies and dramas to study English, and to eradicate the fear of using English. I was hurt when the other students laughed when I used English, but day by day I was accustomed to using English and became real friends with them, especially my roommate, breaking the language barrier.