Korea: So Much Food

It’s hard to ignore the fact that your diet changes quite a bit when you live in a foreign country, and this is no different in Korea.  As I’ve mentioned before there is a lot of rice, almost no bread, and less beef, but there are other things that you wouldn’t expect either. Take for…

Korean: The Language

The language of Korean itself is very interesting and also incredibly difficult for someone that only has formal lessons in western languages. To start it off, the language itself has it’s own alphabet; after having been immersed in the language for over 3 months I can confidently say that I know it.  Two weeks in…

Interesting Random Things about Korea

Now that I’ve been in Korea for two months I think it’s time to take a look back at some of the things that have happened and that I have noticed over the course of my exchange so far. One of the first things I noticed was obviously the change in diet since arriving, no…

KUBA: The Korean Buddy Program

When exchange students first arrive at Korea University they are placed into groups of 100+ that are matched up with Korean students that have decided to be a part of the KUBA program.  The Korea University Buddy Association is where we get the most contact with Korean culture as well as integration with the general…

Chuseok: Korean Thanksgiving

Chuseok is a holiday that takes place over the first week of October to celebrate the harvest, Koreans get together similar to Thanksgiving in America and spend time with their families.  Since I do not have family here it was simply a long weekend, of which I took advantage of by getting some things done…

KOYON Games: A Guide to Korean Cheer Culture

Korean sports culture is an entirely different beast from what we experience in America and it all starts with the cheering.  Cheering is truly a part of Korean culture, you see it at every age from childhood to adulthood.  When watching a little league baseball game near my apartment you could see and hear all…

Jeju-do: Hiking a Dormant Volcano

During the second week of September myself and some new friends I had made traveled south for the weekend to Jeju, an island at the southern end of Korea known for its UNESCO world heritage sites. Jeju, a volcanic island, is known not only for the large mountain in the middle of the island, but…

3rd week in Korea, 1st week of Class at Korea University

Hello everyone my name is Sean McGauley, I am 22 and a fifth year student in Pitt Business majoring in Global Management with minors in French and Italian.  I am originally from Malvern, PA in the suburbs of Philadelphia; in my free time I enjoy a variety of things from music (I have a collection…