Category: Seoul National University (SNU)

#stuDUYabroad: first impression of Seoul

Though this isn’t my first trip abroad, I have to say that this was the most stressful and difficult one in term of preparation. The entire process of applying to Seoul National University, including class registration and dorm application, was a mess. But that would be a whole different post. Saying bye to my little ...

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Climbing the Highest Mountain in Seoul: Bukhansan, 863 Meters Up

My legs are sore from thinking about the hike. Bukhansan is the tallest mountain within Seoul city limits, at 863 meters tall. Climbing it took about three hours and coming down took about two. I was able to climb it with a fellow Drexel student who was studying at HKUST who visited. It was a ...

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Korean Mannerisms: Changing the Way I Act

Being brought up in an Chinese-American household, the way I carry myself could be described as having formal and polite mannerisms to adults, and informal, yet polite, mannerisms to strangers. The Chinese culture is a relatively informal environment, as well as the American culture. This all changed when I arrived in Korea, where formal mannerisms ...

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Preparing for Korea: Getting Logistics Out of the Way

Well, hello there! I hope you’re in the right place because this is where I’ll be blogging about my exchange experience at Seoul National University. My name is Kenny Choi and I’m a Pre-junior Computer Engineering major. My decision to come to Korea stems from interest in Korean culture. The food is amazing, the music ...

Episode 14: Hiking Gwanaksan Mountain…

I’ve never been hiking in my 22 years of life on earth. It may sound a bit silly, but as a Philly girl born and raised, I’ve never had the need or thought of going hiking (I’m not even sure where one would go hiking in the Philadelphia area). One of the main events SNU ...

Episode 13: Take Me Out to a Korean Baseball Game!

Growing up, I was never really into sports. My brother got me into a short basketball and football phase during high school, but it didn’t last long. I always thought baseball was the second most boring sport on the planet. First was golf. Long story short, I never thought I’d ever be interested in baseball. ...

Episode 12: Spring Cherry Blossoms in Seoul!

I’m lucky to experience Korea for the first time during the Spring. Why, do you ask? Because of the spring Cherry Blossoms, of course! Spring arrived in Korea around early April. Koreans and foreigners alike were buzzing with excitement as the cherry blossoms began to bloom around us, on the streets at Jamsil Stadium and ...

Episode 11: Bungee Jumping at Yuldong Park

Wait… what?! Bungee… Jumping?! Hold the phone. Just looking at the words “bungee jumping”  makes my heart beat faster and palms sweaty from nervousness. I’m someone who cannot even ride a kiddy rollercoaster — imagine Snoopy Land at Dorney Park. How was I supposed to actually bungee jump 45 meters (about 150 feet) over water/a ...

Episode 10: Hanbok Photoshoot at Bukchon Hanok Village

My SNU Buddy Group 6 took us to Bukchon Hanok Village for a Hanbok photoshoot play day! I visited Bukchon Hanok Village briefly during the College of Business’s Seoul City tour early on in the exchange, and noticed a few teenage girls dressed up in Hanbok — Korean traditional attire, walking around the neighborhood. It ...

Episode 9: Visiting the Dog Cafe

Before coming to Korea, I did my research on the plethora of unique “themed” cafes that are super popular in Korean culture. Out of all of the themed cafes I researched, one of the ones I was looking forward to visiting the most was the dog cafe! Animal cafes are very popular in Japan and ...