The summary of my 1 year of the Korean language program at Dongseo University, Busan, South Korea.
It was more than just amazing. Thanks to the Korean government for allowing us to get to know each other from the other corners of the world.
We had a tough and wonderful time together. From having almost 0% knowledge of the Korean language to being able to get levels 3, 4, and 5. TOPIK subject occupied almost 70% of our time in the class let alone extra class and uncounted exams. However, thanks to Dongseo University, we were able to get TOPIK as fast as possible. It was not easy for some of us to get as our language is completely different from Korean. However, we helped each other when we were in need.
Besides language class, we also learned a lot about Korean culture through cultural experiences as well as trips. We learned how to play Korean traditional instrumentals, how to do Korean greetings, watched Korean performances, wore Korean traditional clothes (Hanbok), Korean calligraphy, and so on.
Outside of class, we spent our time exploring Busan as well as other places in Korea. We treated each other as a family. We celebrated a birthday for each and every one of us including teachers. We had dinners, parties, and trips together.
To sum up, one year of the Korean language program to me, was not just only for learning the Korean language but also for learning Korean cultural experiences, exploring Korea, and most importantly, learning about other’s cultures. Within this one year, I have changed so many things. It taught me a lot of things that I have never known before. It gave it a wide range of knowledge and eye-opening experiences.
Even though now we are going on different paths, our memories will always be in our hearts and we always treasure them. When we miss each other, we can always see the photos and videos of the things we did together.