Parting Words: Personal Growth

Wow. What an incredible experience I just underwent over the past two weeks visiting a jump-started foreign country full of unique cultural and technological attributes throughout society and life. Having had some time to process, it is time for me to share my personal thoughts on various aspects of South Korea and the trip that…

A Final Reflection

Looking back at my two weeks in South Korea, I have started to realize just how much I have learned. Between the company visits, university lectures, and cultural experiences, it’s clear that I have had a once in a lifetime opportunity studying abroad. Perhaps more important than the memories I have made or the classroom…

Day 15: The Longest Day

May 18, 2019 Remember during my first daily when essentially skipped a day on the calendar because of the time zones? Yeah, that thirteen-hour difference really jumped us into the future. Well today, we made up for that with what can only be described physically and mentally as the longest day of my life. If…

Day 14: Beach Day

May 17, 2019 Our last day in South Korea was ours to spend however we like. On our way to the city, I once overheard a local refer to Busan as the Korean version of Miami, and that meant only one thing: we had to go to the beach. There really was no other option,…

Day 13: The Diplomat’s Perspective

May 16, 2019 We got to sleep in a little bit this morning. I always appreciate the opportunity to get in those extra few minutes. By ten o’clock though, we were off and headed to our first site of the day: the United States Consulate of Busan. Though it wasn’t initially in the itinerary, this…

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,…

Day 11: Hyundai Motor Tour

May 14, 2019 We left the hotel relatively early this morning to get on the road. Our short time in Ulsan was done, and we were headed for our final city, Busan. Outside of travel, we only had one thing on the docket today: a tour of the Hyundai Motor Tour. Just inside the city,…

Day 10: Day Trip to Ulsan

May 13, 2019 I’m definitely going to have to get some more sleep these next few nights if I plan on staying awake throughout the entire day. We had to be ready to go by 7:30 this morning, and that meant falling asleep the second we got on the bus. Thankfully, the ride was a…

Day 9: The Buddhist Temples

May 12, 2019 Don’t get me wrong. The university and company visits are cool. It’s been really interesting learning about the different ways in which Korean companies manufacture and market their products. But they just don’t compare to the awesome things we see and experience on our cultural visits. After our day off yesterday, I…

Day 8: Traveling to Gyeongju

May 11, 2019 If you had asked me at the beginning of today how I thought it would go, I would have told you that today was set to be the most boring day of our trip. The only thing we had planned was travel from the massive city of Seoul to the much smaller…

Day 7: The DMZ

May 10, 2019 Today began earlier than most. We had to be up and ready to go before eight o’clock, but no one seemed to mind the rush. Since the itinerary was released, May 10th was on everyone’s radar. Today was the day we got to visit the DMZ or, as our tour guide Rob…

Day 5: Our First Company Visits

May 8, 2019 Wow, our fifth day is already over. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. I feel like we’ve only been here for a day or two, yet we’ve seen so much. Today was our first of the more academic days here in Seoul. We toured a couple of companies…

Day 3: Gyeongbokgung Palace

May 6, 2019 Alright, alright. No more time travelling. No more half days. We’re here. We’re actually here, and we took full advantage today. We’ve done so much, I can hardly remember it all. I guess it’s a good thing I’ll have a digital record after my blog is complete. Anyhow, the actual content. Our…

Day 2: We Have Arrived

May 5, 2019 Okay. All things considered, today felt like a more of a half day than anything… or maybe a quarter day. I’m not really sure. After finally landing at the airport outside of Seoul, we got our first taste of what the country looks like. I think I speak for everyone when I…

Day 1: Time Traveling

May 4, 2019 We didn’t exactly hit the ground running to start our trip. Today consisted entirely of travel. Can’t say it doesn’t make sense. South Korea is about as far as we can get from Pittsburgh. Factor in the couple of hours to Dallas, twelve more to Incheon, and a thirteen-hour time difference and…

One Last Goodbye to Korea

After 2 weeks in a completely different culture I was able to learn several things through our cultural visits and company visits. Through discussions with these companies and the lectures, I was able to get a keen insight to my profession. Whatever country you are in, companies will always have ethical issues to deal with….

Final Reflection on South Korea

This two-week trip to South Korea was an extraordinary whirlwind. From the beginning we were surrounded by extensive history, exciting technology, and a culture so different from our own. While our scheduled activities were separated into cultural and company visits, the values of the Korean people developed over centuries of trials and resiliency was inevitably…

Goodbye South Korea

Throughout my time in Korea, my outlook on my future has changed. Before I left, I thought that this trip would merely let me see something new and try different things. However, I’ve discovered that this was just a taste of a future I want to have. I want to go out into the world…

Final Summary

As a result of this study abroad experience to South Korea, I have gained not only cultural experience, but also professional experience. We were able to witness different workplace environments and also work with students with different backgrounds. Samsung Biologics was the company that had the most similarities to my profession of bioengineering, so I…

The Long Road Home

This adventure ended, as all great adventures do, with the long road home. Hence, our last day in Korea was spent traveling, which began with an approximately five-hour bus ride from Busan back to the airport in Seoul. As the hills whizzed by outside the window, it still felt surreal to me that we were…