So because of quarantine, we were required to come to Korea by February 13th which meant that I finished more than half of my winter quarter in Korea. The first two weeks of quarantine were fine because I didn’t exactly have a sense of time in quarantine. But when I moved to the dorm and I had to take Drexel classes at night and SNU in the day, it was absolute torture. I felt so bad for my roommates because I was worried I was making too much noise in the shared living space when they were asleep at night. There were days where I would stay up all night and then would attend my SNU classes and then take a nap in the afternoon. I am taking mostly discussion-based classes where there’s a lot of reading to do before class.
I am taking Advanced English Literature, English Drama workshop, Feminist Aesthetic and Art Theory, and Aesthetic Art Theory. I kind of fell behind in my readings which proved to be a challenge because I would get called in class I would have to figure out what we were talking about based on what other students said. (I was also half-asleep most of the time so I would get so startled when I would hear my name) It was hard staying home when all of the other exchange students were out having fun, and getting all of their official work done in groups while I was just studying; but I knew I had to get through it. I missed multiple events that were hosted by my SNU buddy, like group dinners, escape room, trips to the palace- it was so depressing. Though I did attend a calligraphy event because it was a one-time event(most of the other events are scheduled to happen twice). I believe usually if there is an overlap you are required to take a leave of absences. but because everything was online it wasn’t necessary. But now that exams are over I can finally breathe and explore Seoul.
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