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…

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…

33 Hours of Traveling Later

I could not sleep Friday night into Saturday; not because I was excited for the full day of traveling that awaited us, but because I had started to become sick. All day Friday I was coughing but never thought anything of it until I woke up miserable on Saturday. I really felt miserable and could…

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…

Chilling at Haeundae

Our last full day in Korea had unfortunately arrived so quickly. With the full day free, naturally we went back to the beautiful beach we first went to when we arrived in Busan. The weather was perfect for a beach day. Haeundae beach was about a thirty minute taxi ride from the hotel. There are…

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…

Live Octopus? Yes, Please!

Thursday, our last day of official visits, finally came. Today’s agenda only consisted of the US Consulate in Busan and Pusan National University. The consulate felt more like a cultural visit; we learned about the history of Busan and its relation to the United States and also Japan. Many of us were curious about the…

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…

Day 11

Our Wednesday morning started off with a visit to Trainor, a safety certification company. This was another company that I didn’t think had much to do with smart systems, so I could not sense the engineering aspect of it. It was still a pleasant visit, and afterwards we were able to explore Korea’s largest shopping…

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…

ICN to DFW to Trouble: Homebound

Today was certainly a long one. It began early in the morning, leaving the hotel around 7am to head back up the country to the Incheon International Airport near Seoul. With a few rest-stops, we made it to the airport and it really became clear that our time here was quickly over. After working our…

The Genius of S.C.C.S.O.L.L.

The final day. (Weeps are heard in the distance) I know, it seemed like we only just arrived. Today was unscheduled free-time until the final dinner and presentation, which we chose to spend wisely: beach day. We hopped in our taxis and made our way back to the ‘business casual beach’ (or Haeundae Beach if…

It’s Alive!!

Today was our final day of scheduled activities, including a trip to the U.S. Consulate in Busan as well as Pusan National University. At the consulate, we met a U.S. diplomat who provided insightful background on present-day Korean politics from the U.S. Governemnt’s perspective and shared insight in U.S. goals in the near future to…

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…