Day 12: Busan, the City and the Sea

May 15, 2019 Our first day full day in Busan was an eventful one. A quick bus ride downtown led us to our the first of two company visits: Trainor. Specializing in engineering and technician safety, Trainor works with companies across the country to certify professionals. We spoke with the leader of their Busan operation,…

South Korea: Final Summary

It was an amazing two weeks in South Korea that was full of experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life. As this was my first time traveling to internationally, it changed my perspective on many things and taught me about a different culture that will impact me as I grow and…

Thank You, South Korea!

The two weeks I spent in South Korea were some of the busiest, most overwhelming and exciting weeks of my life. In addition to touring companies in a wide range of areas, I learned a lot about South Korean history and culture and how these directly impact the workplace environment. I gained a greater understanding…

Final Reflection

My two weeks in South Korea was a once in a life time amazing experience. I learned so much and had so many great experiences. When I first applied for the Plus3 program I did not know what to expect; and even the day that we left Pittsburgh, I still had no clue what would…

Final Takeaways

My trip to South Korea has been a great professional experience for me. I learned a lot about business during the site visits that I otherwise would not have experienced within the engineering school. This post is a reflection on some of the things that I took away from the trip that pertain to my…

Thank You South Korea!

This Plus3 trip to South Korea has been an absolute blessing. I couldn’t have imagined all the amazing things that would happen on this trip. I have learned so much about Korean history and their culture professionally and socially. Every visit we had, whether it be cultural or professional taught us something unique to Korean…

40 Hours and 8 Delays Later

Today was a rough one. We all work up early and were sad we had to leave. We packed the bus and left for Seoul at 7:30 AM. We had a six-hour drive ahead of us to the Seoul airport. Thankfully, I slept most of the bus ride and it went by quick. At the…

The Day Before Departure :(

Today was a very sad day. It was our last full day in South Korea and none of us wanted to leave. I got up early and my friend Dylan and I decided to head to Haeundae Beach, one of the nicest in Korea. During popular beach times, there can be over a million people…

PNU

Today was our last scheduled day of the trip. Many of us were sad because today was the beginning of the end. Our first visit was to the United States Consulate because our originally company visit was canceled. However, the US Consulate was very interesting. We went into a classroom and the US diplomat talked…

A Port of the Future

Our day started off with a company visit to Trainor. Trainor is a company that specializes in training and certifying workers mainly in electrical engineering. The manager of the Busan branch gave us a brief overview of what the company does and why it is so important. Busan is a huge port city with many…

Hyundai Motors

Today our group toured Hyundai Motors. It was very similar to our Hyundai’s automobile tour. We first went inside to watch a short film about their company and then we were able to get inside some of their show cars. One of their cars is very interesting because it uses hydrogen fuel cells and oxygen…

Looking Back at it All: Plus 3 Korea

After returning from Plus 3 and finally recovering from being jet lag and an unexpectedly sickness, I can finally fully reflect on the Plus 3 Korea study abroad experience. Reflecting back on the Plus 3 program, I can truly say that I have never encounter such a holistically  intriguing location like South Korea. All of…

Bye Korea! From Busan to Memphis

Traveling back to Memphis was one of the most challenging traveling experience I had ever experience. And the fact that we were leaving Korea made the whole experience more somber. Don’t get me wrong: I missed my family immensely. The last time I was in Memphis was over winter break. However, I knew that I…

40 Hours of Travel: Sat. May 18th and Sun. May 18

And the day to say farewell to Korea has finally come. It’s been such an amazing experience but I think we’re all ready to leave. It’s been kind of overwhelming with how much we’ve seen and done in two weeks so we’re all a little exhausted but also excited to go home. We had to…

The Beach and Farewells: Friday May 17th

Today is scheduled to be a free day for us. We all woke up around 9am and got some breakfast. But we left the hotel in a taxi around 10:45 to Hae-un Dae Beach. The weather was pretty glorious, sunny and warm but not humid. We stayed there for about 2 to 2 and half…

Americans in Korea: Thursday May 16th

We were originally scheduled to see SECO MIBOGEAR but something happened and we were rescheduled to the US Consulate in Busan. I actually learned a lot from consul Daniel C. Gedacht about the US’s role in South Korea and the South Korean economy and information about Busan. He even went in depth about the current…

Cold Noodles and Containers: Wednesday May 15th

The first visit today was to Trainor Korea, and at first it was really hard to tell what the company was from the website. But we sat through a presentation and learned that its a consulting company that provides training for construction workers and specifically in electrical safety. Their main goal is safety of these…

Hyundai World: Tuesday May 14th

Staying in Ulsan for one night may or may not have been worth it because we had to check out early Tuesday morning. Our company visit was at Hyundai Moter Company. I was really excited for this one because it would be really cool to see the biggest production site for one of the most…

Ulsan- the Cleveland of Korea: Monday May 13th

The checkout at Commodore hotel in Gyeongju was 7:30am and we drove about an hour and half to Ulsan, which people say is a lot like Cleveland. It’s a huge port city most famously known for producing Hyundai cars.  Our first company visit was at Jinsan Marine Management. This company was very traditional and followed…

The Historical Korea: Sunday May 12th

Hi from Gyeongju! Our day today was a very culture and historic filled day today. Something to note though, the hotel breakfast was really good. There was a good mix of continental and korean, but they had local foods like lychee, dragon fruit, papayas, the yakult yogurt, etc. But anyways, Gyeongju has a population of…