Amidst the Threat of War

Tensions have been steadily rising between North and South Korea the past few weeks. I know because I see articles about it on NYtimes.com almost every day. But here in Seoul, there is no tension in the air. None. As someone living on the ground in Korea, I felt it my duty to write something […]

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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 […]

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Homesickness

Waves of homesickness have been hitting pretty hard recently. To the point where I have even asked myself, Why am I here?   Why have I given up the place I have waiting for me back in the US as part of a family where I am loved, known, cherished, and valued? Why am I […]

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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 […]

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Holidays Abroad: Memorable Moments

I made it through my first Christmas and New Year’s abroad! Some truly strange and unexpected memories were made: Christmas Eve The Eve of Christmas, I happened to eat dinner in an Indian restaurant with a large group of mostly American friends. We immediately brought the volume of the dimly lit place up to the […]

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Korean Class is almost over…!

Just finished my Korean finals today! (And I think they went pretty well!) The last class is Thursday, and I’m excited to finally be able to sleep in, Skype with people in the US more often, focus on piano, and just chill a little more than I’ve been able to these past 10 weeks. But […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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