EDITING : 2017.11.22 수 16:04
The Gachon Herald
Coming to KoreaForeign Student Column
g.herald  |  g.herald1984@gmail.com
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
Updated : 2012.12.24  14:07:07
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn

  My eyes were wide with anticipation as I looked out on the mountainous terrain surrounding Seoul. I was about to land at Incheon International Airport and I was beyond excited. As the plane touched down on the tarmac, I silently promised myself that I was going to do my best to make my first trip to Korea a memorable one.
  Korea has always been a place of interest for me since I was in high school. The language and culture captivated me because it is so vastly different from the American culture in which I was raised. Watching dramas and listening to KPOP further peaked my interest to come study and live in Korea. When I entered my university in America, I knew that I was going to make it my goal to study abroad at a good Korean university. I worked day and night preparing essays and applications and taking as many Korean language classes that I could. When I got the confirmation that I would be coming to Seoul to study at Gachon University, I was so excited that my mom took me out to a bookstore to buy all of the travel books on Seoul that we could find. I would spend hours in my room with those books and on my computer mapping out exactly what I wanted to do and see when I got here.
  The months of planning and anticipation finally paid off when I felt that plane touchdown. I was finally on Korean soil! After getting settled into the dorm here on campus, after a few days of typhoon weather, I was finally able to go out and explore before classes started. I met my friend, Ji Hye, who helped me get adjusted to life here on campus, and we went to the Korean Traditional Folk Village south of campus. It was so amazing to see the traditional houses and customs of Korea. We acted really touristy and took a lot of pictures. I even tried on a traditional Hanbok! The village was very different from the big city so I was quite surprised.
  My favorite part of the city though has to be the Han River. In Banpo there is a nice park where I relaxed with some friends and watched a beautiful water show. I think it was that day, looking over the Han River towards Namsan Tower and the city skyline, that made me fall in love with the city of Seoul.
  Coming to Korea was nothing that I expected it to be. I have been surprised by how much this city has captivated me like no other city in the world has. This may be my first trip to Korea and my list of things that I want to do may be extremely long, but I think that no matter how long I stay in Korea, I will always be entranced by its beauty and find new ways to fall in love with it every day.
   
Courtney Strickland

< Copyright © The Gachon Herald All rights reserved >
g.herald Other Articles More
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn 뒤로가기 위로가기
Comment (0)
Please enter the code for preventing auto-enrollment!   
Send
- Readers can write comments up to 200 words (Current 0 byte / Max 400byte)
Comment (0)
가장 많이 본 기사
1
The annals of the Joseon princesses.
2
How much interest do you have in Korea, your country?
3
Privilege of Youth, RAIL-RO
4
Let’s all enjoy Korean Thanksgiving
5
Way of communication that links people, simultaneous interpreter Lim Mira.
AboutContact UsAdvertisingFAQPrivacy PolicyE-mail address privacy
경기도 성남시 수정구 성남대로 1342 학생회관 315호
Copyright 2011 The Gachon Herald. All rights reserved. mail to webmaster@gachonherald.com