All posts by Najifa Zaman

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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 ...

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Uniform Rental

After coming to Korea I’ve had a few unique and different experiences, but my Lotte world trip was probably one of the most interesting ones so far. So apparently it’s a tradition to rent a full school uniform and wear it to Lotte world. I have no idea why but I am going to take ...

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Lotte World

I think that me and my group of friends we are all just a trouble magnet. For some reason no matter how much we plan we somehow always manage to mess something up. We have been planning a trip to Lotte world for almost two weeks and everything was perfect, the weather was great (it ...

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Managing Homesickness

I never really thought I would experience homesickness before, but have come to realize that I did undergo a fair amount of missing home while abroad. I would spend some days in my room, mindlessly watching Tik Toks, reading fanfiction or watching a Chinese drama that I was a bit obsessed with. I honestly didn’t ...

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Food Festival

So one of the most creative events held by the SNU buddy program so far was definitely the Food Festival. For every event, students are paired with one Korean buddy and three foreign exchange students. For this event we were required to meet at least once before the actual event, and hopefully at least 3-4 ...

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Shopping Spree 

So if there’s one thing I learned about myself since I came to Korea is that I have absolutely no impulse control when it comes to shopping. Like absolutely none. The first time I went shopping in Korea was on my birthday when I very impulsively bought a $65 perfume just because I liked the ...

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Eid and Buddha Day

After missing home on the day of Eid I spent the entire night talking to my family back in the U.S. I literally chugged two cans of americano that night to stay awake, and only slept for 3 hours. I woke up at 9 am to my mom’s call from the U.S. Seeing everyone in ...

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DDP and Hongdae

So, it seems that I have found my favorite place in Korea: Dongdaemun, and Hongdae. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza or DDP has such a futuristic and creative type of feeling that makes me feel right at home. There are many malls there and even more restaurants there. There is also a Russian district which is ...

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Eid in Seoul

So unsurprisingly this Eid was very different from form the last 19 years of Eid that I’ve experienced. For starters, unlike every other Eid, I woke up extremely depressed, whereas in previous years I would wake up early because I was so excited. But I did find ways to uphold some traditions, one being that ...