May 7, 2019
After all the cultural experiences of yesterday, it was time to see how the other half lives. And by the other half, I mean students halfway around the world. See what I did there? Yeah, just typing it out makes me realize that it wasn’t that funny. I promise it sounded better in my head.
The main item on the agenda today was a tour of Korea’s oldest and most renowned engineering school: Hanyang University. Hailed as the “engine of Korea”, Hanyang was founded in 1939 by a musician named Kim Lyun-joon. Hanyang gets its named from the former title of Seoul during the Joseon.
Today, the university is attended by over twenty thousand students a year, about three thousand of which are foreigners. We got the chance to sit down with some of the local professors, and they spoke about Hanyang’s premier winter and summer programs. I couldn’t believe how cheap it was for students like us to come, study for a couple of weeks, and earn some credits too! I might actually consider signing up myself if the international flights weren’t so insanely expensive.
After our tour, some of us took part in an optional cooking class back in the city. Unfortunately, most of the materials were pre-made, so all we really did was cut some vegetables and cook our dish in a pan. We made a traditional recipe called bibimbap. I was pretty proud of the finished product, but this wasn’t the first time I’d had it. Between the plane ride over and our first night in the city, I had a little experience with the dish. I might be the smallest bit biased, but I think my rendition was the best I’ve had so far! If this whole college thing doesn’t work out, I might have to come back here and be a chef full time.