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.
Every student has imagined studying abroad while enjoying exotic atmosphere and developing language skills as well as studying their major. Living amidst an internationalizing world, we sometimes feel pressure or stress to make a career abroad. However, you can find the chance to go abroad very easily. Look around at SMU, as there are many and various global programs for students. The Sookmyung Times covered Office of International Affairs, which is in charge of all global programs at SMU.
It feels like it was yesterday when my heart fluttered, just thinking about entering a university. Time flew so fast and now I am a fourth grader who is just before the graduation. From in and outside
First of all, please be aware that the contents I will provide to you are substantially based on MY experience and knowledge I gained while I was staying in Ireland for one year, studying in Griffith College Dublin.
Aloha! (“Hello” or “I love you” in Hawaiian) I am Sungkyung Kim. I went to Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) through a study abroad program for a year. Since I was the one and only student that went to HPU as an exchange student from Sookmyung Women’s University (SMU), I was nervous and excited at the same time.