All posts by Julie Soderstrom

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Jeju

안녕하세요 (Annyeong-haseyo)! This past week, my friend and I planned to visit South Korea! We would be visiting both Jeju and Seoul. The plan was to leave on Tuesday night and arrive the next morning in Seoul where we could explore for a few hours before catching our flight to Jeju. This did not happen ...

Academic Structure of HKUST vs Drexel University

Over the past few weeks, I’ve learned of certain differences between Drexel and HKUST. They are things I took for granted at Drexel and I realize now that I quite miss it. I’ve been having midterms for a few weeks now, having taken my last midterm this past Monday. UST seems to have a much ...

“Philip? Who’s Philip?”

Kamusta! Greetings from the Philippines! Surprisingly, I haven’t been traveling as often as I wish I was. UST seems to have tests every other and group projects on the off weeks. It’s been crazy, but we finally took the time travel! We decided on a weekend trip to the Philippines! Deciding to go with a ...

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Of Lanterns and Fireworks

While I’m here studying, I’ve had the opportunity to fully experience Mid-Autumn Festival. In my previous post I mentioned making mooncakes which were for the Mid-Autumn Festival. On Sunday we went to Tsim Sha Tsui to see the fireworks and the lantern festival. The lantern displays were beautiful and impressive, though we only saw one ...

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Student Life and Mooncakes for Days

I’ve been keeping pretty busy since I’ve gotten to Hong Kong. There have been different activities planned by the clubs as well as workshops the university provides. The students at HKUST are very involved with at least one club. Much of this is due to the fact that they are required to participate in one ...

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Learn from my Mistakes: Hong Kong Arrival Survival Tips

Time is passing by so quickly here in Hong Kong; I’m worried that my time in Hong Kong will be ending soon. I’ve been here for almost a month, but there’s no end to everything I can explore. I arrived on a Thursday, bright and early at 5am. Unfortunately, I could only check into my ...