Tell us a little bit about your experience in Seoul. For starters, why did you choose an exchange program in South Korea?
I think one of the most fulfilling and invaluable experiences an individual in college can get is travelling the world. In Korea, I was able to be comfortable being uncomfortable by trying new things: speaking Korean every day, exploring a country alone, trying new foods, etc. Being alone in Korea allowed me to be independent and learn more about myself separate from the influences I have in America. I had already travelled Europe (partially through the BCLC) and wanted to explore Asia.
What did you gain from the experience?
As a business student it is important for me to learn about business practices and cultures globally and what better way than immersing myself in that country. Furthermore, part of being an honors student to me means always wanting to learn and what better way to do so than exploring a new country?
What unique Experiential Global Learning opportunities did you encounter during your time in South Korea?
Some of my favorite parts of studying abroad in Korea were the delicious foods, the museums and exhibitions, the fashion, the efficient and clean transportation system, the café culture, meeting lifelong friends from around the world, and getting a different/new college experience from being a regional student to living in the dorms and attending a main campus.
Are there any tips you'd give for future students participating in an Experiential Global Learning program or those who are just starting to think about joining one?
I would say it is very important you are aware of all the paperwork required to enter the country you are visiting as well as anything you have to follow up with while in the destination country (in my case, Sim cards, ARC appointments, NHIS payments, Vaccine certificates, QR codes etc.). For me it was helpful to watch YouTube videos and speak to students who had already gone abroad.
Furthermore, it is important to plan. I was able to essentially take any course I wanted when abroad because I had planned my schedule so that I had either already finished all my requirements or was able to when I returned. Even if going abroad is more of a last-minute decision, just make sure to communicate with you advisor and be proactive about what you need.
Lastly, I would make sure to apply to every possible scholarship you can. Scholarships helped the most in funding my trip and you are open to many more when apply to going abroad. Make sure to apply to scholarships in your major, your school, as well as your university abroad.