Before Korea 한국 가기 전에

I am officially ready for my semester abroad… I think.

There are 4 weeks, 6 days, and 19 hours left until my 12 hour flight to Incheon, and so far it has been a very long wait. Honestly, I still can’t believe that I will be spending 6 months in Korea. I never imagined that I would leave North America. Like lots of people, I have thought of traveling to Greece, Spain, Japan, and many other countries, but I never believed that it would actually happen.

I will be way out of my comfort zone throughout my trip. I have many fears about my time in Korea. Will I be able to communicate in a country where the primary language is neither English nor Spanish? How am I going to survive without my family and friends? Can I handle it? How am I going to stay in touch with the people I’m close to when I’ll be 17 hours ahead of them? Even though I have these and many more fears, I am very impatient to get there and experience what Korea has to offer.

I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% ready, but I have done a lot to prepare myself for my life in Korea. Before my semester abroad was planned, I did not know much about the country. At first, I chose to study in Korea because of the university. I really liked what I had learned about their international program and the school itself fit what I was looking for. After finalizing my plans, I decided to spend time learning about the country. I am currently trying to learn as much Korean as possible, I have watched many Korean shows and some are even in my list of top shows to watch (if you’re interested, I got some good recommendations), I ate Korean food for the first time (delicious let me tell you, can’t wait to try Korean food in the country where it was created), and I have started listening to some Korean music (Jonghyun is my absolute favorite at the moment). Learning a little bit about Korea from the language, TV shows, and music has made me beyond excited to go.

I have many places on my bucket list that I want to visit once I get to Korea! I’ll only share my top 2 for now (: I plan on visiting Hongdae’s Meerkat Cafe. From what I’ve read, it’s like a cat cafe, but instead of cats, there are meerkats! I also want to go to the Seoul Tower, the highest point in the city where I hope to see an amazing view of the skyline. There are many other places I hope to see, but overall I am determined to experience all I can of Korea during my stay.

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