Today was by far the most school-filled and non-picturesque day of the trip. However, that doesn’t mean no fun! We got to try our hand at some physics lab, and my group with Sheryl and Han experimented with a wave machine. It was a cool introduction to physics labs for me, since I come from […]
When visiting another country, it’s always incredible to put into perspective just how young the USA is compared to other nations. Today we visited Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Dynasty, which lasted in Korea from around 57 BC – 935 AD. The United States is only 250~ years old, in contrast. The highlight […]
Today I loved the life of a star!! We closed out a wonderful day with our Korean peers by singing our hearts and lungs out at dorebang! I’ve truly fallen in love with this city, but that is mostly thanks to the hospitality that the other Korean students have been showing us. One week down, […]
Got to explore Gangnam with the Drew Crew today, and it was an unforgettable experience. I got the chance to get complete my souvenir shopping at the Coex mall, and I decompressed by strolling through the serene Yangjae Citizen’s Forest. Besides the great sushi and shashimi that the Kouh in-laws treated us to, I got […]
Today we met with our Korean classmates for the first time! I was amazed by how well they all spoke English, and they were incredibly friendly and welcoming. We toured the campus and had an amazing traditional Korean BBQ dinner (shoes off, and criss-cross!) Koreans love to play games at dinner, and I drew the […]
My grandfather recently passed away, only a week before my arrival in Seoul. He fought in the United States Air Force in Vietnam alongside many Korean forces. Our visit today to the DMZ and Korean War Memorial stung a little more painful than I expected, but this experience was grounding in its very complex past […]
Gyeongbokgung Palace was an incredible trip that, in all ways, made me retrospective about the past and culture of Korea. The concept of “royalty” is definitely foreign from U.S. history, so I was blown away by the sheer size and luxurious detail displayed in the palace of the Joseon dynasty. An encapsulating and breathtaking landmark […]
First day with everyone in Korea! Had an awesome time visiting Deoksugung Palace and MMCA art museum in central Seoul, followed by a delicious lunch in the city. Closed the day with our first official class: Optics and Endoscopes!