Overall, I had one of the best experiences of my life in Korea! I was not expecting to like the culture, but once I was there I fell in love with it and would go back again in a heartbeat. I learned so much about the history of Korea as well as how they feel about other countries like the U.S., Japan, and North Korea firsthand. This trip was beneficial to my understanding of Korea in a more in depth way because I was living in the city of Seoul and experiencing things I have previously only read in books or articles. I think it makes such an impact on one’s learning to go to the country they are learning about. Getting to know my classmates more and interacting with them outside of a classroom setting was very valuable in building our relationships as a group. From listening to lectures and visiting museums to getting lost on the subway and ordering food from a menu only in Korean we made it through the week together and became much closer because of it. I wish that every class could go on a trip like this.
Although educational, I also enjoyed the markets, street food, and the nightlife. There was always something going on and there was always a new part of Seoul to discover every day. Coming back to America was more difficult than arriving in Seoul and I am already having withdrawals and wishing all my meals came with chopsticks. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to see this amazing city and to be immersed in a completely different culture than my own. I will never forget the great time I had in South Korea!
|Last Night in Korea|
|Taking Pictures with Korean military|
|Visiting the Gyeongbokgung Palace on the 1st Day|