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  • iameeps 8:39 pm on March 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    One year later…

    February 21st was the one year anniversary of my return to South Korea, for the HWS-Yonsei Exchange program.

    I have spent much time this semester thinking about ‘where was I one year ago?’ and processing my time in Korea: wondering what I would like to share in this post.


    Ultimately this picture sums it up. The little Korean girl, going about her business, walking along while this huge group of foreign students attempts to catch big air in the typically tourist style ‘jumping photo’.

    I had a pretty rough adjustment when I moved to Korea for the Spring ’11 semester, and it was just as rough when I returned to the states. Despite that turmoil a year later when I think of my time, it is not the bad roommate or the homesickness or the rough times that I think of. It is the faces you see in the picture above. At the time I was frustrated by my situation because I found it challenging to meet Korean students on the campus of Yonsei, due to the removed nature of the international students’ dorms and classes. However, although almost all of my group of friends was American we came from such a diversity of backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions that I learned more about the world we live in from these thirteen people than I ever expected I could. By the time the semester came to a close I realized just how much I had been underestimating the potential we a a group possessed to teach and learn from each other. So although my second round in Korea was not as aggressive in language learning I would not trade it for the world– not to mention being one of the only Korean speakers in this group gave me a great opportunity to work on conversational Korean and my accent!

    I would like to share a couple of apps that I used frequently on my iTouch for future students as well!

    The first is called “Korean”: a bit pricey at $14.99, I am so glad I jumped for this app. With literally hundreds of different topics to study, this app teaches Korean vocabulary in a four-part interactive flashcard style which quizzes the user on spelling (Eng-Krn and Krn-Eng), listening, and reading. I used this app to kill time on the train and in between classes.

    Maybe an unexpected choice, “SoundHound” actually came in really handy. Everywhere you go in Seoul there seems to be music, and being a student of Korean popular culture, I was always interest what songs I was hearing. SoundHound had a surprising amount of access to identify Korean music in addition to music in English, and helped me to connect with my surroundings– and is a great topic for conversation too! (Free)

    Finally, is a really popular free app in Korea called “KakaoTalk”. KakaoTalk is a free messaging software, operating much like iMessage. The user simply downloads the app, makes a user name, and then you can message friend unlimitedly. This was great when I had wifi access because it allowed me to save some money on my cell-phone bill. Great news, it works internationally so I can still message friends in the U.S. and Korea now that I’m home!

    Thank you all for reading, and supporting my blog work while I was abroad! I wish the upcoming participants of AsiaPod an enlightening voyage~



    • DougReilly 6:24 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      What a thoughtful, mature post! I know Korea was a difficult experience, but I’m really proud of how you’ve tried to build on the positive parts of it and carry on. Also thanks for turning me on to Soundhound…likely another app that I’ll have to go group therapy to get over!

  • Tra 5:17 pm on March 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    I dread the lonely bus rides

    I dread the long haul red eye flights

    I stared at a burger and dreamt of Pho

    I turned on Skype, just to hear the homeland’s sound


    30 hours of travelling away, there they are

    Trade burger for pho and a bowl of rice

    Say “Hello” to me in my language and make me smile

    I am seeing my hometown through their eyes


    The distance between East and West, I don’t know the number

    On this cyber space, it doesn’t really matter…


    ~TrĂ  WS’12

    • DougReilly 6:26 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Tra, I can see why Newhouse wanted you as a graduate student. You have always had a lovely way with words, spoken and written, and this a beautiful example. Don’t let your profs at Newhouse convince you to go into advertising, okay, because if someone bad like a cigarette company hired you, everyone would be smoking in no time. Doug

    • Tra 3:15 am on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Tea for Tra and commented:

      One of the post I did last year for HWS Asiapod blog. I miss the fellow wanderlust souls I got to work with back there.

  • melinthemiddle 2:40 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Proudly created with the help of my new iTouch

    • DougReilly 6:27 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      That’s what we want to see!

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