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Seoul Searching: Culture Shock

2 February 2014 By Ellen Back, Columnist No Comments

Hi, my name’s Ellen Back and I am a sophomore at Towson University. I am currently majoring in Mass Communication with a focus in journalism and minoring in International Relations.

During this spring semester, I will be studying at Yonsei University in South Korea. I am so excited about my journey abroad and more so, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my experience with you.

As I prepare to leave the country, I can’t help but feel a little anxious about living outside of my comfort zone. Although my parents are Korean-born citizens, I am not entirely in tune with or familiar with the Korean culture.

I’m hoping this will change during my four months abroad! I look forward to making new friends, attending an international university and reuniting with my grandmother who returned to Korea in 2009 after raising me for nearly 16 years. My grandmother is a prominent reason why I chose to study in Korea.

I hope to spend as much time with her as possible and reconnect with my relatives, who I have only seen once in my life. Since I’ll be living in an Asian country, I’m sure I’ll never be short of schoolwork but hopefully I’ll be able to find some downtime to explore the nightlife and check out Korea’s infamous karaoke bars.

I’ll be posting new entries every Monday about my experiences studying abroad. Be sure to check out next week’s column as I’ll be getting ready to register for my first class at Yonsei. I really hope I’ll be able to get into the journalism classes I signed up for. Wish me luck!

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