Now that classes have started, I think I should make a post about what I’m studying, since that is the whole point of the trip. I definitely forgot the importance of the *study* component of studying abroad. Because it’s a six-week program, classes move at twice the pace of a normal semester, so it is not unusual to have 50-70 pages of reading for my contemporary Korean society class ass well as studying for my Korean language class. The classes have been challenging so far, but I am learning a lot, so it’s worth it! The beautiful stone buildings definitely add to the experience 🙂

My professors are SO. COOL. In my contemporary Korean society class, the professor has lived and worked in Korea for the past 40 years, so she has personally experienced the societal changes that we are studying.  For me, it really helps to be in Korea and observing a lot of the cultural aspects in order to give a real, analytical point of view to class discussions. As for my Korean language class, the professor is really challenging us with new vocabulary and grammar points, even on subjects that we all thought we were well-versed in. Because it’s a discussion-and-practice-based class, we are always put on the spot with examples and questions by the professor. My Korean skills are improving; although, it takes a while after class for my blood pressure to return to normal…

The university also offers cultural enrichment activities every Friday for its International Summer Campus students. For example, tomorrow I will be learning a K-pop dance routine and performing it live for a student flash mob. Wish me luck!