Standards of Beauty

One of the first things I noticed when I visited Korea three years ago was the surprising number of girls wearing high heels. (My friend joked that they would even wear them with pajamas.) One of the first things I noticed when I arrived in Korea 8 months ago was how many advertisements there were for […]

Read More

Being a Foreigner: Pros and Cons

Being a foreigner in Korea (specifically a half-white American who doesn’t speak much Korean) has its pros and cons. Here are some observations I’ve accumulated over the past six months: CONS: – Getting stared at. When I walk down the street, I can’t tell if people are looking at me because they think I look […]

Read More

Overcoming My Fear of Making Mistakes

I have always been very conscious about doing what is right. Dubbed a “goody-two-shoes” by my stepsister growing up, I often found my standards of integrity and morality to be outside the norm, even among Christians or other “good students”. I like this about myself. I continue to uphold high standards of integrity and morality. […]

Read More

Joining a Gym (in Korea)

Last week, I finally joined a gym here in Korea! Best decision ever! I had been telling myself that I didn’t have time to go to the gym, but basically all it took was getting up earlier, and then I found I magically had plenty of time for everything! (Getting to bed early is always […]

Read More

Memorable Holiday Moments

Since I was so busy during the holidays, I didn’t really get to write anything about them as they were happening, but now that I have a bit more time/energy, there are a few interesting moments I’d like to reminisce about. First, Christmas Eve: The Eve of Christmas, I happened eat dinner in an Indian […]

Read More

Cultural Observations

It is SO good to be back in Korea!! As soon I ordered a berry smoothie in the Seoul Incheon Airport in Korean and paid for it with my Korean debit card, I knew I was home. Here are some random observations from my trip to Taiwan. Things Taiwan and Korea have in common: Older […]

Read More

Simplicity

One thing American culture and Korean culture have in common is a love for technology and the accumulation of possessions. Literally everyone here has a smartphone (and is using it constantly––on the subway, while walking down the street, during class, you name it). Counter to both cultures, I have always attempted to keep my life […]

Read More

My Korean-ness

You know how people always say they want to “find themselves”? I always thought that was a corny phrase, but I feel like that is exactly what is happening to me here. I am learning and becoming who I really am. A Korean native told me the other day that I inspire her to be more […]

Read More