5개월 됐다….

I really can’t believe that 5 months has already passed when I had been so apprehensive and nervous before coming here. I had no idea what I would experience, who I would meet, and what fun I will have during the whole 5 months that I was supposed to spend here. Although it wasn’t always easy and I had plenty of hardships too, the things I learned–not just about Korea but about others and myself–make all of it worth it. I grew a lot during my time here and I will never forget the memories I’ve made with everyone here. I am forever grateful that I was given this opportunity to stay here. Coming to Korea to study was never my original plan, but it definitely was better than what my original plan was because now I know that this is the path the God wants me to take. Thank you Lord for always guiding me and giving me the best 5 months I’ve ever had so far.

September Memories

Sept. 7 – Orientation Day/ The day I cried so hard

Sept. 8 – 1st day of school: 1급 4반 조효정 선생님과 강수경 선생님. 학생: 유기, 장흠, 이박문, 조우, 유서동, 오흔극, 강낙, 여조용, 유카리, 니나, 아크람, 담패기

Sept. 10 – Moving in with Thuy Eonni

Going to the lake for the first time

Getting tests, important cards, and failing to get a sim

문화 수업/ Wearing hanbok, having tea, and going to Hyundai Dept. Store with Yukari Eonni

Shopping with Thuy Eonni

Bugs, spiders, etc

Going grocery shopping with Yukari Eonni and eating at her house

Meeting Koreans for the LEP with classmate Taekwondo Star Akram-ssi

Going to 두류산 with a bad throat during 추석

Getting sick and sleeping all day

October Memories

Shopping for guitar cases with Yukari Eonni and eating 팥빙수

Going to 팔공산 with Yukari Eonni’s in-laws

Writing a letter for parents

Seeing fall colors for the first time

Going to Daegu Stadium: playing running man, playing badminton, and watching 더폰 with 조효정 선생님 and classmates

중간 시험 and grocery shopping with Yukari Eonni

November Memories

Buying a winter coat with Tita Francie

November 13: 1급 끝

November 14-29: 재미없는 방학

November 30 – First day of school: 2급 1반 유지연 선생님과 송은주 선생님과 TOPIK 선생님 정성헌. 학생:담락묘, 조문흔, 유종언, 조한, 이박문, 여조용, 동정여, 장단양, 니나, 우호녀, 서호

December Memories

During the first days of 2급, we were all so quiet because we didn’t know each other. However as time passed, we all got along really well.

“화장실에서 바나나 먹어요.” -유종언, 바나나씨

“변태야! 우리 반 모두 변태야!” -유지연 선생님

“우리 같이 집에 가서 같이 자요” -여조용

“우리 같이 아이 만들어…” -유종언

“약을 먹었어요?” (a question to ask implying that someone is crazy)

“다시 2급” (Implying that a lesson is difficult or that our teacher has abandoned us)

Fun Times with 김예지 선생님/ learning 소리쳐 – 이승철

Seeing snow for the first time

Shopping for phones with Shoko Eonni, her boyfriend, and Yukari Eonni

Shopping at Seomun Market with Yukari Eonni and Shoko Eonni

Replacement teachers that we didn’t quite like

December 24- movie, Christmas Eve party with classmates (origin of the big pile of snacks) short song practice with Banana Team

December 25 – Had a Christmas breakfast with Thuy Eonni and got a haircut

Karaoke Practice of New Years Eve Party

December 29 – New Years Eve Party/ Performing with Banana-ssi

December 31 – New Years Eve Party/ watching Gayo with Yukari Eonni and her boyfriend

January Memories

January 1 – E-World with Yukari Eonni and her boyfriend/almost dying

Eating the piles of junk food stored at the back of the white board

“돼지야!” (someone who eats too much)

왕과 미인 연극

Lines from the play that had become part of our daily lives:

“모두 죽여라!” 조문흔 (나쁜 사람)

“진짜 삻어!” 여조용 (여미인씨)

“무슨 일이 있어요?!” 니나 (제후)

“다시 다시 괜찮아!” 장단양 (왕)

Party at 담락묘 and 조문흔’s new house

February Memories

February 1 – Looking for houses with 유지연 선생님

February 4 – Finals/Karaoke Party


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