Taking A Train to Busan

After finishing all of my in-person midterms for this term in Korea I headed to Busan for a short weekend trip! It was exciting to finally go to a different city in Korea and taking the KTX/bullet train for the first time. I had been looking forward to this trip for a while, especially because ...

Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village

It quickly became apparent to me that I was in a city with a such a long history, especially compared to anywhere in America, and it was fascinating to see some very old palaces and general traditional buildings that have been preserved. I took a day to go to Bukchon Hanok village, a 600 year ...

Quepos and Manuel Antonio

Buenas todos! First, this picture is of Manuel Antonio beach, which is a little more touristy, but still beautiful; I will get into it more a little later. This past weekend, my friends and I finally went to one of the prettiest beaches in all of Costa Rica…Manuel Antonio. Where do I even start? My ...

Edward Jenner: One of the many men who have contributed to coronavirus vaccine hesitancy

As the reopening of London is approaching and several COVID restrictions will be lifted, my father, a passionate public health professional, told me about the English physician, Edward Jenner. Jenner created the first vaccine after smallpox hit England hard in the 19th century. Jenner tested a theory inspired by cowpox, a similar virus in cows ...

I don’t know how to cross the street: Culture shock in London

Culture shock is a given when you live, or travel, somewhere new. I expected to have to get used to seeing cars and pedestrians on the other side of the road or hearing lift, football or chips opposed to elevator, soccer and fries. But I figured since we spoke the same language and I was ...

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Eating my way through London

When I went to Ireland on a family vacation a few years ago, every morning consisted of beans, sausage, eggs and toast. Although I enjoyed the traditional full English breakfast, I was dying for some variety by the end of the week we were there.  I was worried when coming to London that I would ...

Channel 4 does it first, makes trouble, and inspires change with “Naked Attraction”

During the first in-person class I have had in a year and a half, we discussed BBC and Channel 4, the most popular broadcast services in the UK, and I fell instantly in love with Channel 4’s mission and content: Do It First, Make Trouble, and Inspire Change. Having a father that was born and ...

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Photo Event

The SNU buddy program hosted a Group Photo Event as their last event. This event was fairly simple but it was one of my favorites. This was the first time we met in a group larger than four, as two buddy groups of four met at once, which was really a lot of fun. We ...

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Bangladesh and South Korea

Some of my favorite childhood memories from when I was in Bangladesh was all the time that it rained. This season in Korea is similar to the season in Bangladesh, the only difference being that in Bangladesh it never gets as cold. I feel like in the U.S there isn’t really a rainy season, but ...

Reverse Culture Shocks Back Home in Philly

Coming home kind of felt like I was again stepping into a foreign country except I knew the directions to my house. There were some things that immediately stood out to me that made me think both “ah, it feels good to be home” and “I wish I was still in Seoul”. No in-between. 1. ...

Saying Goodbye to Seoul

The last two weeks in Seoul were kind of spent in a frenzy of trying to do everything I wanted to do before I left for home and studying for finals. I also wanted to go back and re-experience some of my favorite memories and places. If it wasn’t obvious, I was feeling very sentimental ...

34 hours until freedom

I am on Day 9 of the 10-day quarantine at FIE housing. A floormate and I have made a countdown for 11:59 p.m. on Sunday the 27th, at which point we will flood outside and enjoy the first fresh air we have gotten in what feels like two months.  Settling into my room and getting ...

A year and a half later than expected— I have made it to Europe!

It has been a dream of mine to study and live abroad, so sophomore year I applied to a bunch of abroad opportunities: a week-long ICA in Greece, a 5-week summer creative writing workshop in Ireland, and seriously considered an international co-op in Zimbabwe.  Within the first three weeks of March of 2020, all three ...