Wonju-si, South Korea – USF Going Places – Yonsei University

Hello, everyone! I’ve completed my 2nd week here at Yonsei University and I’m beginning to get the hang of student life here. Together with other exchange students at Yonsei, I’ve been exploring the country and figuring out what everyone likes to do for fun. This weekend, we travelled to Hongdae district in Seoul to shop for clothing and tried to truly immerse ourselves in South Korean culture.

As far as my Global village partners are concerned, Jongmin and I met on Zoom this time, as we talked about school work and the many things we did this week! We started the conversation with talks about how her first few meetings with her other Global Village partners went, which she said she loved. The conversation we had mostly dealt with how we felt about our respective countries. I told her about how nice people in Florida typically were, while she told me about the amazing food shops and access to food here in Wonju. We talked about the cultural love for food here, which is probably why everything tastes like it was made in heaven.

My other Global village partner, Song Eun Lee, and I met on zoom again, as she resides in Seoul. First, we talked about her experience going to a Raccoon Cafe with the other American exchange students, Madeline and Angela. She was telling me how she felt a bit bad for the animals who were usually nocturnal and kinda sleepy & fat. Eventually, we switched the topics to safety and politics within our respective countries. She was surprised to learn about the lack of public cameras in Florida. Nearly all businesses and street corners here in South Korea have a CCTV. While America doesn’t have as many public cameras as South Korea, almost every business that I’ve been to in Florida carried camera’s, even if they aren’t CCTV. I figured this had something to do with the larger range of competition as far as security businesses are concerned. Finally, we talked about the difference between the United States of America and South Korea as far as the way citizens act. For example, in Florida, people tend to give a smile and head nod to other folk we make eye contact with. While in South Korea, that’s considered a very strange thing to do.

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