The Study Abroad Newsletter

Living it up in Seoul

Ishael Shaw-De Mello
Chung-Ang University, South Korea

Aloha! I recently went to Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea for my study abroad. On my trip I enjoyed myself tremendously. I've made so many friends and had so many different experiences while being there. South Korea is one of the most affordable places that I have ever been to. You can literally get through the day by using $10 for all three meals. There is also always something to do, whether it be the festivals that they are holding around town, or the site seeing of various temples and so forth. You will never be bored there. Lastly, their transportation system is amazing. There is no need for a car. You can simply get around Seoul by subway, bus or even taxi, and [they are] all very affordable. These are just some of the things that made my stay in Korea so very enjoyable because of the affordability and accessibility of the city.

One of the biggest things that I have ever learned on this trip to South Korea is to get out of your comfort zone. Before leaving for Korea I was so nervous. I never caught an airplane by myself before, so being that I was going to a different country all by myself, not knowing any part of the language was so very terrifying. [Though] after getting there, making many different friends, and experiencing the things that I did this past semester made me so happy that I went out of my comfort zone.

City of Seoul

All of my experiences that I have made are so very priceless and I would never change or alter my decision to study abroad in any way. This experience abroad has been so very life changing and I am so blessed to have gotten the opportunity to experience what I have done.