Category Archives: Updates

Traveling Japan (Part 1)

After the difficulty of negotiating dates throughout December and desk-warming for a week, I was excited to finally stretch my wings and go to my first planned winter destination: Japan (January 7 to 20). Overview Part 1 of the Winter Break: I spent five days visiting, Shiori, a good friend from college who had been […]

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Getting Sick Abroad: Critiques of Universal Health Care in South Korea

This past week has been rough. Like really rough. Not soon after I arrived in Gwangju, I started to lose my voice. Many people said it was because of all the teaching I was suddenly doing. Talking loudly for 6-8 hours a day to be heard above 30-40 rowdy middle school students seems like a […]

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Departure Day – Hello Gwangju!

Since we got back from our trip to Seoul, this week has flown by! This past Friday was “D-Day” or our Departure Day from Orientation and from Jungwon. It was a flurry of emotion and craziness as we prepared for the ceremony for our schools to pick us up and bring us to our respective […]

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Soccer, Taekwondo, and Other Clubs

The weather in Goesan is hit or miss. Apparently it is monsoon season in South East Asia and we are getting some of that too. So far there has been two entirely sunny days with most of the time being overcast or rainy. Interestingly enough, although it is has been raining, it doesn’t feel dreary. […]

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Welcome to Jungwon University: Fulbright Orientation

I can’t believe it has already been two days! It has been a whirlwind of craziness. The minute I was off the plane, Fulbright staff swept me and other Fulbright ETAs into our busy schedules. We drove from Incheon Airport to the idyllic (middle of nowhere) town of Goesan, home of Jungwon University. Korea’s summers […]

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And I Am Off – Korea, Here I Come!

So long, America! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was flying off for my study abroad year in Spain! Here comes another year living out of a suitcase! Or well, at least it’s two suitcases this time! I am be flying direct from JFK (New York) to Seoul, Korea. The flight is […]

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Travel Prep and Rheumatoid Arthritis

I have yet to blog about this, as it is quite personal, but I have gotten into blogging again and have been inspired by other RA bloggers to write a post specific to my medical concerns. I think it is important for others to hear of my experiences. It has probably been one of the […]

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Fulbright: Paperwork & Preparation

So it has been a few weeks since I received my initial email informing me of my acceptance for the Fulbright to be an ETA (English Teaching Assistant) in South Korea. I have been feeling like I have been on cloud nine with some major senioritis kicking in, but reality has recently creeping back in, […]

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