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College Years in South Korea

Bao Yang is a student at Mount Mary College and a Classmates Connecting Cultures Blogger corresponding with the Social Work Club at Mount Mary. Bao is currently studying abroad with ISA in Seoul, Korea.

Epic High -- a hiphop band in South Korea -- came to Konkuk to perform at the end of the year festival.

Epic High — a hiphop band in South Korea — came to Konkuk to perform at the end of the year festival.

We just wanted to say hello to our friends who were working at the tent, but once we got inside the group of middle-age men pulled us down to sit with them. On the long table were bottles of empty Soju and beer with bowls of multicolored fried corn chips placed in the middle of the table.

Then a middle aged man wearing a pink dress shirt walked in and sat down at the table.

He shook all of our hands then asked us our names. We replied. Then he asked if we were students of Konkuk University. We answered, yes we were. We further explained that we were members of the English Conversation Club (E.C.C.), that was hosting the restaurant tent that he was eating in. He smiled, surprised. His friend, who sat next to him explained that they were the presidents of the E.C.C. in the 80′s. Read more

Hasta Luego, Sevilla

Courtney Fraley is a student at Baldwin Wallace University and is an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a her study abroad office at Baldwin Wallace. Courtney is studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain on an ISA Spring 1 program.

Dear Amigos,

Feels like I was just counting down from 100 days until I leave for Spain with my Spanish-flag-colored countdown chain. Then, it was down to the day before I caught my flight to Madrid when I had never been so nervous for anything in my entire life. I was preparing for my first time outside of the States, the longest period of time without seeing my family, and the accomplishment of a 7 year long dream.

Now, after 4 incredible months in Seville, Spain, I have been home for a week. I never thought about the day I would be back home. It is bittersweet, but being home has given me a few moments to reflect on my time abroad.

 

Plaza de España- One of my favorite places in Sevilla

Plaza de España- One of my favorite places in Sevilla

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South Korea: Learning the Local Language

Bao Yang is a student at Mount Mary College and a Classmates Connecting Cultures Blogger corresponding with the Social Work Club at Mount Mary. Bao is currently studying abroad with ISA in Seoul, Korea.

Can you see the mixture of English and Korean? A clash of the old and new society.

Can you see the mixture of English and Korean? A clash of the old and new society.

What’s the need for there to be so many different languages in the world? Wouldn’t it be easier if the world spoke only one language? But of course, that would require the people of the world to have the same culture. After all, language distinguish one group from another. Otherwise, we would all be grouped into Asians, Caucasians, Africans and so on. By the way, these race groups (Asians, Caucasians etc.) don’t exist; only ethnicity and culture exist.

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Why Not Learn a Second Language?: Communicating Outside of Sevilla

Courtney Fraley is a student at Baldwin Wallace University and is an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a her study abroad office at Baldwin Wallace. Courtney is studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain on an ISA Spring 1 program.

Athens

It was all Greek to me in Athens, but what a beautiful city it was from the top of Acropolis!

Picture this, every state in the U.S. speaks a different language. Some languages are very similar and others are so different from yours it makes your head spin. If you are lucky enough, someone knows at least a little of your language and can help point you in the right direction. In actuality, this is Europe. Traveling from country to country in Europe, I have run into many language and communication barriers as the majority of the countries speak different languages. Some times it can be frustrating and irritating, but, at the same time, an incredible learning experience.

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Dolphins, Milkshakes & Midnight Swimming in South Africa

Meghan Gaucher is a student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Classmates Connecting Cultures Blogger corresponding with a writing class at HWS. Meghan is currently studying abroad with Interstudy in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

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Ballito, South Africa. Hello, Dolphin Coast!!

Right as spring break approached, so did a spontaneous cancellation of classes due to peaceful campus-wide strikes at the University of KwaZulu Natal regarding on-campus housing. This extended my vacation about 9 days.  My first instinct was to get to the coast to see dolphins, breathe in that thick saltwater air and walk for miles along strips of sandy beaches during the early morning, watching as the sun rose higher and higher into the sky, toasting the ground below like marshmallows over a roaring camp fire.  That was when a group of friends and I came to the conclusion we would head to Ballito, a small town on the Dolphin Coast.

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Life of a Study Abroad Student in Seoul

Bao Yang is a student at Mount Mary College and a Classmates Connecting Cultures Blogger corresponding with the Social Work Club at Mount Mary. Bao is currently studying abroad with ISA in Seoul, Korea.

Two meal choices at the Konkuk cafeteria.

Two meal choices at the Konkuk cafeteria.

Through the uproar of the media regarding North Korea it can be difficult for those in the U.S. to understand the exaggerations in the media about North Korea. Here, South Koreans go through their daily lives paying very little attention to the threat of the North because they know that North Korea will not take any actions that will further isolate it’s nation into oblivion.

My daily life as a American student in Seoul has not been effected at all in the mist of this tension. Read more

Volunteering at an Animal Shelter in Valparaíso, Chile

Mary Johnson is a student at Southern Illinois University and is an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a high school sociology class in Illinois. Mary is currently studying in Valparaiso, Chile on an ISA Spring 2 program.

My new friend, Sombrita

My new friend, Sombrita

One of the first things you might notice upon arriving in Chile is the abundance of stray dogs. There are so many here that there is even a Chilean slang word for them—quiltro. Read more

Comparing and Contrasting Korea and USA: No Judgement Needed

Bao Yang is a student at Mount Mary College and a Classmates Connecting Cultures Blogger corresponding with the Social Work Club at Mount Mary. Bao is currently studying abroad with ISA in Seoul, Korea.

Of course it makes sense to have models for a cosmetic store. But models/celebrities endorse almost everything in South Korea. In addition, right now Psy's face from Gangnam Style is plastered everywhere.

Of course it makes sense to have models for a cosmetic store. But models/celebrities endorse almost everything in South Korea. In addition, right now Psy’s face from Gangnam Style is plastered everywhere.

Being competent about diversity can be stressful for a Social Work major, but taking an anthropology class about a certain society doesn’t really give access into the different aspects of a another world. It’s hard to understand the minds of the people in a society without living among the locals. Read more

Sevilla: “Life Begins Where Fear Ends”

Courtney Fraley is a student at Baldwin Wallace University and is an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a her study abroad office at Baldwin Wallace. Courtney is studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain on an ISA Spring 1 program.

Me, right before a flight from Dublin to Madrid. You have to be flexible when you travel. You might even have to wear 3 scarves so your bag makes the measurement restrictions.

Me, right before a flight from Dublin to Madrid. You have to be flexible when you travel. You might even have to wear 3 scarves so your bag makes the measurement restrictions.

Hey, mom! Did you get my postcard?“- I asked.

“Yes, I did, but, you sent it in January and it just got to us in March. It took more than 6 weeks to get here!” – She replied.

[Awkward pause] “Actually, it only took a week. I wrote the post card in January with the whole-hearted intention of sending it, but I was too scared to buy stamps. I, finally, mustered up enough courage at the end of February to go, but, then, I was too scared to put it in the correo box so that took another week. Now, you have it and the next time I send one it will not take as long.Read more

In the Chilean Kitchen with Mamá Nora: Pastel de Papas

Mary Johnson is a student at Southern Illinois University and is an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a high school sociology class in Illinois. Mary is currently studying in Valparaiso, Chile on an ISA Spring 2 program.

My mamá chilena, Nora, is a spicy lady. She brings life and character to everything she touches. When situations are harsh or uncomfortable, she can crack a joke and make just about anyone laugh (even when you don’t understand the language).

Mamá Nora in the kitchen

Mamá Nora in the kitchen

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