- school started more than a week ago. can’t say that i’m excited to be back from vacation but at least i’m taking some fascinating classes including international development, peace/nonviolence in global society, and a class entitled “the CIA”. three of my other classes (natural hazards, earth’s natural environment, and introduction to physical geography) are basically teaching the same thing. i’ve literally heard climate change, plate techtonics, and forest fires in all three, in one day.
- i received an [unpaid] intern position with the massey herbarium in virginia tech’s biology department. my work is a mix of archival and mapping responsibilities, two areas that relate to my previous smithsonian internships.
- also working with the state department again as a virtual student foreign service intern.
- started teaching last friday! met my new nine or so freshmen and introduced them to undergraduate research.
- i have my own room! my dorm is, in my opinion, situated in the best location on campus: thirty seconds from two out of the three dining halls on campus and behind the academic buildings.
Don’t know if I said that right but hello from Chuncheon, South Korea! I’m in my dorm now after riding three grueling hours from the airport this morning. I’ve met some of the other students and got to go shopping for some supplies I needed since my bag didn’t arrive from the US, so I’m living out of my hand carry which consists of thre shirts, two pieces of underwear, and shorts.
SK has been good to me thanks to our hosts (especially my awesome roomate) but the homesickness is kicking in. I’m starting to feel vulnerable since my bag hasn’t arrived yet and I don’t speak a lick of Korean. But I’m not going to let that get in the way of enjoying an awesome time here in SK! I even got to taste authentic Korean BBQ!
I’m currently blogging whilst watching South Korea’s Dancing with the Stars from a hotel in Incheon, South Korea! I am studying abroad at Kangwon National University on a full scholarship to participate in their Forest Summer Program from 23 JUN to 14 JUL thanks to Professor Choi, former visiting professor at Virginia Tech. I will be joining two other Hokies along with students from China, and Malaysia to take courses in Forest Management and Resources, Landscape Architecture, Paper Engineering, and of course, the Korean language, just to name a few. We’re also going to participate in fieldwork at Nami Island and the Korean National Arbortum. This is my first study abroad trip and I’m glad it’s a country that’s not traditionally known as a “Top Study Abroad” destination!