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Seoul Searching: Korean cuisine, classes, culture

2 March 2014 By Ellen Back, Columnist No Comments

My first week in Korea was a success! I am settled into my dorm at Yonsei and I am finally starting to get a hang of the time difference. Although I struggled to find my orientation building, I made two new friends along the way. Their names are Kerry and Reina. They’re both Korean and English speaking students who live in my building. We’ve only known each other for almost a week but we act like we’ve been best friends our whole lives. I’m really glad we all got lost and found each other.

So far, I’ve explored Sinchon, the central area of Seoul near Yonsei, where I’ve tried a variety of Korean dishes like soegogi (beef soup), bibimbap (a mixed rice dish which consists of mixed vegetables, rice, beef, an egg and chili paste) and of course, ramen (a common noodle dish that tastes 10 times better served at restaurants). I’ve come to realize that Korea is never short of delicious foods! Because of that, I plan to join the campus gym next week!

Tomorrow is the start of my first week of school. I’m scheduled to take “Korean Grammar for International Learners.”

I’m looking forward to making friends with exchange students while improving my reading and writing skills. I’ve been having trouble keeping up with what my friends have been typing in KakaoTalk (a mobile messenger app for smartphones) so I’m excited to join the conversation.

This week, I hope to enroll in another Korean language course, look for an English teaching job on campus and join Global Angel (a volunteering program offered at Yonsei). I plan to get involved and participate in a lot of clubs this semester. Luckily, my roommate is a senior at this university so I plan to get her advice on some of the good organizations offered here. I haven’t even started classes yet but I can already tell that it’s going to be a great semester!

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