Hello everyone! It has been some time since I last wrote a blog posting of any kind. To start things off I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Amanda Corkum and I am a senior at USF with two semesters left before I graduate (Woot woot!). I am majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing.
I will be spending this fall semester in South Korea. I have waited such a long time for this event to occur that it feels like a dream still even as I sit here in a diner in Houston, Texas writing this blog post. I am currently half way to South Korea and awaiting my connecting flight to Bejing, China and my second connecting flight from Bejing to Seoul, South Korea. Upon retrospection this may not have been the best idea; to write the blog after having spent most of the day beating the hustle and bustle of the airports (its extremely tiring) but I’ve already started and I’m not one to call it quits easily.
I decided to study abroad as a child and chose South Korea as my place of study for several reasons. I was introduced to South Korean culture firstly through Kpop and then my interest was peaked further after discovering Kdramas. Kpop and Kdramas aside, Korean culture is very inviting and interesting to me. I had the privilege of meeting and making friends with several Korean foreign exchange students and after meeting them I decided that South Korea was a country that I would like to study abroad in.
Shortly after making friends with South Korean students, I discovered that USF finally would offer Korean language classes on the Tampa campus. You could not believe the joy I felt at hearing that. I signed up right away of course and completed both Korean one and two over the course of two semesters. USF only offers up to Korean 2 which was very disappointing as I wanted to continue with my language journey and eventually become fluent in korean. Study abroad in South Korea suddenly became even more of a solid and approachable plan rather than just an idea or a hope. Studying abroad in South Korea offers me the chance to further my mastery of the Korean language, travel to South Korea for the first time, explore the society/culture/people, and also to further the completion of my major. Since there was an overwhelming amount of benefits as opposed to cons, I took the leap and made the commitment to study abroad.