Hi everyone! I am about a little over a week out from my trip to South Korea where I will be studying at one of Seoul’s SKY Universities, Korea University. I am over the moon at the opportunity that I was given to travel all the way to Asia because this is something that I have been dreaming about for as long as I can remember.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nickoya Beckford and I am a third year Biomedical Sciences student from Fort Lauderdale. The majority of my family hails from Jamaica and my paternal grandmother is Asian but grew up in Jamaica. As a kid, I would always hear stories of my grandmother and her family who came from China and other parts of Asia. She and my father would always tell me stories of my great grandfather and how my great aunts would have to translate in order for them to communicate. At the time, they were one of my only connections to Asia. Having only lived in the United States my whole life, I was not really able to venture out further than the Caribbean to experience those lost pieces of my Asian heritage.
A couple months into my preparation for my trip to South Korea, the novel coronavirus became an epidemic in the province of Wuhan, China. The novel coronavirus has caused a tsunami across some major countries around the world. Many universities in South Korea have decided to push back the start of the semester by two weeks in order to quarantine students that may have come in contact with the novel coronavirus. The best way to stay safe is to be careful and alert but unafraid. I am more than ecstatic for this amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity that was made possible in part by the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarship. I cannot thank President Genshaft enough!
Stay tuned for my blog posts and vlogs every week as I explore South Korea, meet new people, and navigate my way through classes! See you all soon!