My Final Thoughts on South Korea

Being in a different country, even if it was only for two weeks, was really an experience I will remember and reflect on fondly in the future. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity to go to South Korea, and I have made so many memories, met many new people with new perspectives,…

6 Delays, 1 Cancellation, but Life is Good

Yes. Six delays and one cancellation. This coming after a 12-hour flight from Korea. But what else can I say? Life is good. I’m alive, I have snacks, and I have internet. Currently, I am still at the Dallas airport. It’s 4:44 am. Some Philadelphia people have gotten off the waitlist and are finally boarding….

Fun and Farewells

There are so many words I could choose from to compose an alliteration for my blog title today: Friday, friends, free time, farewell, food, feelings, fun. I chose “fun” and “farewells” because today was full of fun, but at the end of it all was our farewell dinner in which we wrapped things up. Friday…

A Deteriorating Country: North Korea

Before today’s lecture at Pusan National University, I was not aware of how much more there was to North Korea’s relationship with the rest of the world. Our lecturer spoke about how intelligent the upper-tiered people of North Korea are; he referenced his meeting with North Korea officials, where they were acutely aware of what…

Busy Bees in Busan

I adore crane machine games. That’s why when we visited the Busan New Container Terminal, it gave me a little rush of excitement because it reminded me of a supersized crane machine game. However, while there would be a sucker manhandling the crane, the ones at BNCT have absolutely no workers atop their control towers….

Yummy in my Tummy

I’ve had raw fish, raw cookie dough, but I would’ve never thought I’d eat raw, live octopus. My verdict? Yum. Before I get to describing this moving meal of mine, let me talk about Hyundai Motor Company, our only company visit of today. I enjoyed todays visit, and it really piqued my interest in cars…

Started From the Bottom Now We’re at Hyundai

Hyundai’s founder went from the son of a poor farmer to the one of the world’s richest men. On our of company visits for the day were Jinsan Marine Management Co., Ltd. and Hyundai Heavy Industries. We were up and at it at 6am. We said our goodbye to Gyeongju, and headed towards our companies…

A Walk to Remember in Gyeongju

If your legs weren’t already sore from walking through the tunnel at the DMZ, then your legs were in for a treat today. We had six cultural visits today, and a lot of walking was involved. Our first stop was the Daereungwon Royal Tomb. Green grass covered mounds where the tombs royalty were buried with…

Good Times at Gyeongju World

Rest stops in Korea are, for the most part, a lot better than the ones in the US, although I wasn’t used to the squat toilets. For most of the morning and afternoon, we were on a bus leaving the exciting city of Seoul and heading towards Gyeongju. I enjoyed the city of Seoul, as…

Seeing the Divide of Korea

Visiting the DMZ ilicited a mix of emotions. Everything seemed eerie, and even a bit unsettling. This was for several reasons. For one, in this place that represented the terrible, ongoing Korean War, there was an amusement park. Yes, an amusement park.  The DMZ – demilitarized zone – is the physical divide between North and…

Going to Gangnam

If you wanted to spend the rest of your life only at the Naver building, the Green Factory, you probably could. It has everything from a cafeteria to a place where you can buy insurance. There’s even a post office that you could use to send letters to your family telling them about how cool…

Impressed by Samsung Biologics

Our first company visit was at Samsung Biologics, and if my plan of a career in Finance doesn’t work out – knock on wood – then I will definitely pursue a career in bioengineering.  This company visit was, simply put, very cool. Visiting Samsung Biologics has left such an impression on me that I am…

Visiting the “Engine of Korea”

Today we visited our first Korean university: Hangyang University, a major engineering university, dubbed the “engine of Korea.” Although there are plenty of differences and similarities between American universities and Korean universities, one difference I sadly noted was Hanguang University’s lack of a dessert section in their cafeteria. Learning about Hangyang University was really interesting…

Sightseeing in Seoul

After a rude awakening at 4 AM due to jet lag, I was unable to sleep till breakfast because of my anticipation for the day ahead! And jet lag. Mostly jet lag. Nevertheless, the day ahead would be one for the books! After the hotel breakfast, which consisted of a mix of Western and Korean…

Kicking it off in Korea

Friday began with a long sleepless night followed by the monotonous process of moving through the airport and me checking every five minutes to make sure I had my passport. The flight to Dallas was quick and easy, due to the fact that I was asleep for all of it. After landing at the airport…

Soon to be in South Korea!

In these next two weeks I have the pressure of finals week, the hassle of moving out of my dorm, and the stress of deciding what I should spend my remaining dining dollars on. However, my excitement for this Plus 3 program has not decreased in the slightest. Although the 14-hour flight may damper it…

Meet Plus3 Korea 2019!

Welcome to the Korea Plus3 Study Abroad Program! While exploring various cities within South Korea, students will be exposed to the innovative technology scene and develop an understanding of how that influences culture. Participants will experience two weeks filled with exploration and opportunities for growth. Students will spend time at various companies and develop an…