Hello, my name is YuJui Wang, I participated in Korea University Business School (KUBS) exchange program during Spring 2017.
I always knew I want to study abroad; however, I hesitated many times due to different circumstances. I am so glad I overcame all the obstacles that were holding me back from going abroad, because studying abroad was the best decision I’ve made so far.
Around Mid-February, I traveled alone across the world and arrived at the Incheon International Airport crying, because I have never visited Korea and I didn’t know anyone or understand any Korean. Thankfully, Korea University has an organization called Korea University Buddy Assistants (KUBA) for all the exchange students, they placed exchange students in different groups with some Korean students to help us adjusting to the University life.
KUBA offered many events for exchange students, the group I was assigned to a lot of amazing people. We have events on every Saturdays, weekly lunches and dinners, language exchange sessions between Korean buddies and foreign buddies. Through those events, I was able to meet many people around the world and be close friends with them. We explored Korea together, encouraged each other to study and challenged ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and be adventurous.
There were many events throughout the semester; field day, palace day, rice cake museum, Han River picnic, amusement park adventure, Rose Festival, Ipselenti (KU festival), and International Students Festival and many concerts. There are just endless opportunities Korea has to offer, and living there enable one to fully understand the feelings and emerge themselves with the cultures.
Four months of exchange program went by like a blink of an eye. Some of my friends took me to the airport to say good-bye to me. I was crying so hard not because I was scared. Instead, I didn’t want to leave Korea, because over the past four months I didn’t just meet people around the world. I made many lifelong friends that I know we have each other’s back. Even now, almost three months apart, we send messages on a daily basis and Skype once a week regardless of our time zones.
Going abroad will change someone, because you get to explore, learn new cultures and languages, and meet people from around the world. Therefore, I would totally encourage anyone to study abroad and just be adventurous and live your life to its fullest!
April 11: YuJui Wang, an Accounting major, studied at Korea University Business School during spring 2017.