This is the reaction I get from people when I tell them that I’m going to South-Korea to study. They all seem very surprised and curious as to why I’ve chosen to go that far, and also why I want to study korean, but there are really a lot of good reasons for it.
First of all, I love Korea. For a long time I’ve been really fascinated by anything Korea-related, and therefore it’s been a goal (or actually a dream) of mine to someday go there. Also, I’ve fallen in love with the korean language, and want so badly to be fluent in it.
Secondly, I’m tired of Norway and I need some change in my surroundings. I pretty much always knew I wanted to go out of the country somewhere to study, and I’ve thought of both the US and the UK, of which both countries are pretty similar to my own (all are western countries, of course there are some differences though). Since Asian countries are completely different from the Scandinavian countries when it comes to the culture, the people, the language, the food and so on, I decided Asia is better. And out of the Asian countries, Korea is my favorite. Actually, scratch that last part. Out of all countries, Korea is my favorite.
Thirdly, Korean music. Korean music itself is reason enough to go to Korea - those who listen to kpop know what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t listened to Korean music yet, you’re certainly missing out on a lot. In Norway I only know a few people who listen to Korean music, pretty much because it’s not very widely known in Scandinavia. I want to go to the country where my favorite music is heard blasting out of the stores in the streets, and where I can actually buy CD’s from my favorite artists.
Lastly; adventure. I want to have some excitement in my life, and I want to experience things - things I cant experience in Norway. I want to eat food that there’s now way I would’ve been able to find in Norway. I want to see things that I could only see in Korea, and I want to meet people that I can only meet there.
People are saying “oh but won’t you miss Norway though?” I honestly can’t answer that, and I won’t know until I’m actually in Korea. There’s no doubt that I’ll miss my family and friends here in my country, but as for the country itself, I’m not sure. One of my best friends who has been to Asia a few times told me that once I get there, I wouldn’t want to go back to Norway - I think she could be right about that.