My name is Marianne (or just Mari for short), I’m 18 and I currently live in Norway. In September, I’m going to Seoul, South Korea, to study korean. I’ve been really fascinated by Korea ever since a friend of mine introduced me to korean music many years ago. Basically, my Ipod has probably like 80% korean music; that’s how much I love it. I find Korean to be an amazingly beautiful language, and would really love to be fluent in it!! That’s why I applied for the Korean Language program at one of the top 3 best universities in Seoul.
I applied two days ago, and just got my acceptance email today (so fast!!). This morning as I was in the city with two of my friends, eating breakfast and checking my email, I suddenly noticed the acceptance-email from the school, and my instant reaction was a mix between speechless and VERY excited. I didn’t expect to be accepted THAT quickly, cause their website said it takes about 1 week for the screening process to be completed.
The process wasn’t 100% problem-free though. First of all, I had to register at the school website, and there was quite a bit that needed to be filled in - a lot of it was a little confusing. Secondly, I had some trouble when I was gonna pay the application fee (60,000won, it’s about 350nok) that all applicants have to pay to apply. Apparently the norwegian bank that I’m using, doesn’t have Won as an available currency. So I had to ask someone I know in Korea to help me out; he called the school and actually paid the application fee for me (thank you so much!!!).
My to-do list right now;
- pay the tuition fee from September - June
- book the flight!
- apply for a dorm-room at the school
- buy a big suitcase for traveling!
So, what am I excited about?
- Finally being able to travel to the country that I most want to travel to in the entire world! I’ve been wanting to go there for so many years, and now I finally have the chance to do so! If I’m going that far in the first place, I’d like to stay there for a while, so studying there is really the perfect opportunity for me.
- Living in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Seoul is one of the largest cities in the world with it’s polulation of over 12 million! That’s really a lot of people, Norway doesn’t even have 5 million. A lot of stores and malls are open 24/7, so the streets are pretty much crowded even in the night.
- Being able to meet some of my Korean friends! I’ve been talking with many of them online for a long time, so I think meeting them in real life will be pretty fun!
- Going sightseeing and visiting all the fun places! Lotte World, Everland, 63 Building, Jeju Island etc. And of course, going shopping!!
- Korean food!! Here in Norway, due to the lack of korean restaurants (at least in my city), the closest I’ve gotten to eating korean food was kimchi-flavored instant noodles. haha.
- This might sound strange, but…. Korean buses and subways. For some reason, I really love sitting on the bus all by myself, listening to my favorite music, being in my own little world just daydreaming about anything. I’m really interested to find out if I’ll enjoy busrides just as much in Korea! <3
- Learning korean! of course, one of the actual reasons I’m going there in the first place, is to learn korean. I can’t wait till I’m good enough at it to actually communicate with koreans :D
- Noraebang (korean karaoke)! This is supposedly really fun, so I’m looking forwards to going there with my friends some time! And also, I really want to take those awesome sticker-pictures that most koreans take :D
I can’t think of anything else right at this moment, but I’m sure there are thousands of more things to add to my list. Well almost, at least. All in all I’m just really excited about it! In just a bit over a month I’ll leave my life in Norway behind for at least 10 months, and start living in a country half across the world where the culture, language, people, and food is completely different. I’ll leave this cold country called Norway and go to the most awesome South Korea.
Of course anyone is welcome to follow my blog, hopefully it’ll be interesting enough when I actually get to Korea! And for those who might be wondering why my blog is written in english, it’s simply because I have lots of friends that doesn’t understand norwegian.