I’m of Chinese nationality and I am currently majoring in English Literature at Gachon University. I came to Korea to improve my Korean and also to learn and experience a different country.
First, I’d like to say that Chinese and Koreans share some similar ideas. However, as similar as they can be, differences do exist, so it was very hard for me to adapt. At first, when I got here it was so strange and mysterious because everything was different from China. I think that Chinese and Koreans both have some distinctive eating habits. There were drastic changes in my lifestyle when I got to Korea. It was hard for me because I had difficulty getting accustomed to the culture. Sometimes I could not understand certain things Korean people do, but as time passed, my understanding has changed too. Having different cultures doesn’t make one country better than the other. It is just a different way of life. If you have a hard time adjusting to Korea, then just think of it like this; you are in a different country with it’s own culture. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Another thing that was hard for me was the fact that I could not be understood properly. I felt very lonely being apart from my family and home. I missed my family so much and this taught me that it is hard to live by yourself when you are young. Though I may be having a hard time now, I know that it will pay off one day. So I try not to think too much about it and just relax.
What I feel and see during my studies in Korea is that Korea is developing at an even faster pace, and to a higher position than China. I am thankful that I chose to study abroad in Korea and I want to keep learning about the Korean culture in the future. I am so grateful to all of Korea for their kindness.
-Jang Nam, Department of English Language and Literature< Copyright © The Gachon Herald All rights reserved >