Category: Hanyang University

Korean Convenience Stores

I should start by saying the number one thing I wish I could bring back with me from Korea is an entire convenience store. I don’t know, I never really found American convenience stores very useful in my daily life back home, but thinking about leaving behind the perks of having Korean convenience stores is ...

Cherry Blossom Season Has Arrived!

One of the things I remember looking forward to doing in Korea as I’d be here in the spring is to go see the cherry blossoms! As an onlooker of this season up until now, it always seemed pretty exciting, almost like an indicator of the turnover from gloomy days to lighthearted days. I was ...

Korean Cafes I’ve Enjoyed Pt. 1

I can confidently say that I’ve visited more cafes in the few weeks I’ve been in Korea than in my entire life prior to studying abroad here. I think a large part of this comes from the fact that café culture is nearly nonexistent in the United States, but even then the nice cafes we ...

A Day at My Exchange University

Don’t get me wrong, I was still excited to see what my school experience could have been like by going to Hanyang University’s campus in-person; I’ve imagined how my experience abroad may have been different had I been attending classes in-person and living in the dorms on campus. To be quite honest, at the end ...

Freedom! To Hongdae/Kondae!

I’m really not kidding when I say that I counted down until my first day out of quarantine very intensely. I believe I arrived in South Korea on a Saturday and was allowed to leave quarantine two weeks later on a Sunday at exactly noon. During this time, I had to report my temperature on ...

Seoul’s Subway System

I was going to write a post about culture shock in Korea so far, but I realized I could write an entire piece or more on Seoul’s subway system. Growing up outside of Philadelphia and moving to the city for college was definitely a change for me and just getting used to using public transportation ...

Struggles of a Student in Quarantine

This post is dedicated to the endless frustration I felt during quarantine, and still feel now to an extent. Although being in a foreign country can help you realize what your home country lacks in certain cultural or infrastructural aspects, there are still many struggles to be experienced abroad no matter where you are. In ...

About Quarantining in South Korea

Ahhh, quarantine. I’m so glad it’s over and I’m so glad I’m writing this while out of quarantine because I feel as if I had so many stray thoughts during the 2-week period that my blog post would have been so convoluted with random happenings that were irrelevant to the MEAT of the experience…..anyways… I ...

Studying Abroad Amidst Covid-19: The Long-awaited Departure to South Korea

When I had walked into the study abroad office on a whim a little over a year ago, I truly did not know what I was getting myself into. I was just an innocent freshman studying in the Academic Building, who decided “I think it would be convenient to go as a sophomore next spring ...

Final Words From Seoul

As the program comes to an end I’ve compiled a series of advice and tips to spending the month in Seoul. Upon arriving at Seoul, it’s really easy to get to Hanyang from the airport. Instead of paying 80,000+ won on a taxi, you can take the subway for about 2,000-3,000 won. The only time ...