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Preparing to Go Abroad: Financial Aid

Financing study abroad can be extremely worrying and taxing. I honestly did not think I would get enough money. Most universities offer the ability to ‘reevalute’ your FAFSA (if you are from the United States) and if your school offers it, there are also trust fund loans. In my experience, the process of getting more aid was easier than I thought. The financial aid office at my school has advisers for a SACE (study abroad cost estimate) evaluation. Once I completed a meeting with said advisor, I was able to […]

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About Me

Hello! You probably stumbled upon this blog wondering about studying abroad in Korea, or perhaps you’re just a wanderer. Here is a little information about me to get this blog started! Feel free to contact me via social media with any questions. Name: Brenna Age: 20 Location: Seoul, South Korea University: Korea University Anyways, this blog is about the trials of life abroad as a student, and even the life of someone applying to be a student abroad. There is a lot of work that goes in not only preparing […]

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THE LITTLE MONKEY DAEWOO: 작은 원숭이 단우

As of this moment, it is before my first volunteering with the Eastern Social Welfare Center, where I will be spending an hour of my time with babies in their facility. I have never done volunteering with young babies before, so I predict that this will be an impact and emotional experience. Even when I had a short introduction and training session at the location, the emotions already started to dwindle inside. Being there is quite eerie, especially because it was at that exact location a friend of mine was […]

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위안부: COMFORT WOMEN

Sex slavery has been an issue that has haunted Korea for years, and puts a huge strain in Korean-Japanese relations. For those who do not know much about this issue, below is a very well made animation for this issue. It even uses the voices of actually survivors who share their traumatic and agonizing past. Moreover, the reason for this topic is that I had been able to experience one of the famous 수요 집회 or Wednesday Demonstrations. These demonstrations are held weekly to continuously urge Japan to readdress the […]

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REIGNITING THE DRIVE

On October 15th, I was privileged with the opportunity to see a play that surrounded a storyline of the daily struggles that North Koreans refugees face living in South Korea. Basically, the storyline was 3 interconnected stories of individuals breaking the stereotypes that ingulf North Koreans while growing their personal relationship with the North Korean refugee that surrounds them. and changing their perspectives. It was absolutely wonderful, each and every actor did a sublime job, and there were four actors who were refugees themselves. Ever since my first involvement with the […]

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SCHOOL SPIRIT (연고전)

As most colleges and high schools in America have very zealous homecoming games that spew school spirit, Korean Universities are no different, or at least the at the University that I attend. So, recently it was the school’s annual YonGoJeon (연고전) which is a weekend that consists of five different games against the most intense school rivalry within all of South Korea. The games were baseball, basketball, hockey, rugby and soccer. Nothing too special, right? I attended the basketball and rugby games, and what hit me when I was there, […]

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CIEE EXCURSION!

Small excursion to the small cities of central Korea that are filled with various facets of traditional Korean society. CIEE is the exchange student program that I am on, and one of the benefits of this program is the great excursion that they have planned for us. Before classes started, we went to a few cities in the middle of Korea that are each famous for showcasing different facets of traditional Korean society. I created a vlog of my experience, and I hope you enjoy the video. It sums up the trip […]

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DEMILITARIZED ZONE

On Saturday August 13th, I made my way finally to the infamous demilitarized zone. I was lucky enough to have a good friend drive us to the location that he did his own military service, and there I was able to meet some of his 후배 (juniors). It was one of the most memorable and incredible trips that I have made on this trip so far. That trip started with jamming to tunes on the 30-ish minute drive from Kipyo (my friend)’s hometown. As we arrived, it was identical to […]

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NOW PLAYING

I will say it once, and I will continuously say it, I appreciate the attention to visuals in this country. Its so extensive and spread throughout almost every aspect that it adds such a nice touch. Well recently, last Friday, I went to an Epik High concert, they are a Rap/Hip Hop group that has been formed for over 10 years, and when it comes to the Hallyu and the many Korean musicians that emerged into global fame, this group is one that is most well-known. Below is my own […]

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My past month in a nutshell (kind of)

First of all, I would like to say that I discovered that adaptation to a new location varies between others, and it can take up to a month. My month was filled with a diversity of emotions, most of them being either monotonous and/or melancholy. I am currently working on another post about my experience with adapting to living in South Korea for a year, so I won’t leave the explanation to two measly adjectives. Anyway, here is my past month in a nutshell (kind of). Currently, I am studying […]

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The Kia Ora Chronicles Chapter 1: Aucklund and Rotorua

https://youtu.be/ZIm6jcJ2GuM

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Sumo 相撲

As many of you may not know, back in early January I joined the Hiroshima University Sumo Team after I heard how fun it was from two of my American friends who had both joined the team prior to me. After starting practice, I realized not only is it a once in a life time opportunity to practice sumo in Japan, it’s also a great chance to practice Japanese, and ONE HELL OF A WORKOUT, the only reason professional Sumo are so huge, is because they eat nearly 3 times […]

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Trip to Vietnam

Hello all! I know I’ve been getting quite behind with my blog posts, and I thought I’d take a little break from mid-term studying to try to catch up a bit. So as I may have mentioned before, at the end of March, my father and I took a trip together to Vietnam. At first I wasn’t too happy as my journey from Hiroshima to Hanoi, Vietnam would take about 34 hours, with 27 of those being in layovers. However, I was up for the challenge. My experiences in the […]

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The Great Outdoors

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers At Peking University, students in the school of Chinese as a Second Language are taken on one expense-paid field trip per semester. Last semester our teachers took us to the Summer Palace and out to dinner. This semester we went to the Beijing Botanical Garden so I hopped myself up on allergy pills and took a lot of pictures. I’d never seen so many flowers in my life. The Russian Embassy I don’t have any religious background and in fact have never even attended a […]

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Spring Adventures

I’ve been going on lots of adventures! Most notably, I visited a portion of the great wall in Tsingdao. People were shocked when I told them I had never been to the great wall, considering I’ve been here for eight months now. The reason is actually deliberate.  In general I don’t enjoy tourist attractions, especially those set up for foreigners. I think in order to experience the real China your time is better spent elsewhere. I am saving the touristy part of the great wall for when my girlfriend comes to visit […]

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