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Seoul Searching: Time changes

16 February 2014 By Ellen Back, Columnist No Comments

Two weeks from today, I will officially be in Seoul, South Korea, getting ready for my first orientation at Yonsei University. Excited would be an understatement! I’m so ready to move in, settle in and get back into the groove of being in school. All of my friends have already finished their first two weeks of the semester while I’m still waiting to register for classes.

I was scheduled to enroll last week but unfortunately, I missed my registration period. So now I’m stuck waiting until the end of this month. I blame it on the time difference! It slipped my mind that Korea’s standard time is 14 hours ahead. In other words, 10 a.m. on Feb. 6 in Korea means 8 p.m. on Feb. 5 in Maryland. That’s going to take some getting used to. I just hope I’m not nocturnal my first month abroad!

So far, I’ve gotten three classes approved at Towson (which is great) and last week I sent in my first payment to live on campus in the International House (which is even better). My goal is to make three new friends from three different countries. Since I can speak Korean pretty well, I’m hoping that I can use that to my advantage. I’ll be able to help my new friends differentiate between the terms “classroom” and “bathroom” (those words can be easily mixed up in Korean). Although I’m a little nervous to find out who my roommate is going to be, I’m confident that this will be an incredible learning experience nevertheless. As long as she speaks some English and doesn’t snore, I’m sure we will get along fine! I also recently submitted my application to apply for Yonsei’s Mentor’s program so I’m hoping I’ll be able to explore Seoul with someone who’s familiar with the area.

I’ll be sure to post pictures of my travels in the future! In the meantime, I’ll be in mental preparation for my 15 hour flight and somehow figure out how I’m going to pack four months of my life into two 50 pound suitcases. Be sure to read my column next week to find out if I succeed or fail!

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