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Pre-departure Jitters

South korea


Hello World!

My name is Maryanne (I go by Mary), and I am going to be making a drastic kind of planned and unplanned adventure in my college career. Between the semesters of Fall 2016 and Spring of 2017, I will be studying at Yonsei University, in Seoul, South Korea. I have done my research and this school is considered the Harvard or MIT of America. It is one of the top 3 schools in Korea and is well known for their international program for exchange students. I am experiencing a wide range of emotions before my departure. Part of me is excited because I have always wanted to go to Korea or go abroad in general, but I am also experiencing a serious of other emotions that I feel as though many people don’t talk about. I am experiencing doubt and regret even though I do not leave for my study abroad until August 23. With this study abroad program, it would set me back a semester since, I am studying abroad my senior year of college and also because most people do not study abroad with my major (Information Technology)  it is hard to find classes or people I can relate to. Also, language barrier is another reason, I have taken years of Japanese, so I kind of have an upper-hand when it comes to learning new writing system or trying to understand the complex sentence structure, but Japanese will not help me navigate around Korea. These are some of the things that I am battling with and I hope that in the coming months I can lessen my doubt and regret and become more excited about this once in a lifetime experience. Furthermore, I have booked my ticket and I am excited, because I would be traveling with one of my friends from my university. I am a little nervous about this because I haven’t ridden a plane since I was like 8 years old and that was years ago. Luckily, she has traveled recently, so if anything I can ask her. I haven’t really been stressed about packing or anything of that nature because I don’t leave until August, and I have time, and can relax a bit, but I have to make sure I keep up with the deadlines that the school has pertaining to my study abroad.