This time last year, I was on my way to what I didn’t realise would be the most amazing place I had ventured to before. Seoul, South Korea.
Every day & night for a whole month, I had a great time. Trying new foods, stumbling across Soju and Makgeolli, wondering around, and meeting amazing people. Not only did I enjoy discovering Korean culture and meeting Korean people, a big part of my time in Korea and at Hanyang International Summer School (HISS) was meeting people from all around the world. I made great friends who I will never forget and hope to meet again in the near future.
It is hard to forget anything which happened in Korea last summer, and I hope I never do. I can picture my room clearly and even remember the sound the lock used to make when my door closed! I learnt a lot while attending HISS, academically and personally. I miss my Media in Korea & Korean Language classes sooooo much!
I met truly amazing people during my time at HISS. Although we don’t stay in touch as much as I would like, you have a special place in my heart and I am glad I can share such great memories with you all.
When asked what was my favourite thing about my time in Korea, I can’t name one. The experience as a whole was and still is indescribable. My least favourite part was saying goodbye. Packing just 1 hour before I had to leave my dorm and saying a tearful goodbye to Ethan, who I will never forget and hope to see again soon.
A year on, I am still studying Korean language! This will be a big surprise to my fellow Korean language students!! I am planning my return to Korea after I graduate in November and I have become accustom to the taste of Soju and still drink it! (despite it being really expensive in London)!
I’m hopeful that I am not the only one who cherishes Korea dearly. I hope that July 2012 will always have a place in your heart, like it does in mine. It’s great to see that some of you have now graduated and are having new experiences and even travelling the world (Kesiha I am so jealous!).
To sum up, I am glad that I met people who are so open-minded adventurous and unique. I think of Korea everyday and although I love Korean culture, my view of Korea wouldn’t be the same if I hadn’t met such outstanding people.
I truly hope to meet all of you again! How did this year go by so fast?!?!
I’m thinking reunion next year?! =D