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Thank God for free rice

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on September 11, 2017

by Megan I. I have traveled a lot for someone my age and with my budget, but I also have some of the worst bouts of bad luck imaginable and am generally the poster child for clumsiness. Naturally, despite all my best efforts and intensive planning, things go horribly awry. Here lies an account of […]

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Life lessons from abroad

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on August 29, 2017

by Anna W. The past six weeks that I have spent studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea, have been full of new friends, unique experiences and introspective realizations about my own cultural biases, as well as the role that myself and my peers play in a much greater global context. While my overall experience has […]

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School spirit to the max

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on January 3, 2017
School spirit to the max

by Jazmin M. I know Mizzou students love to show their school spirit during sporting events, but I think my school here in South Korea takes it to a whole new level. My host school, Korea University, has a rivalry with Yonsei University. Every year, they have a big competition called 고연전 (Goyeonjon) with their […]

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Studying abroad at Ewha Womans University as a Gilman Scholarship recipient

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on March 17, 2016
Studying abroad at Ewha Womans University as a Gilman Scholarship recipient

by Caitlin S. During summer 2015, I spent an eye-opening month studying Korean language at Ewha Womans University. That’s right — womans. However, if you’re a male reading this, don’t be discouraged. Male exchange students are permitted during summer sessions. Before I delve into why I chose Ewha as my school of choice, I want […]

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Why study abroad? | Student perspectives

Why study abroad? | Student perspectives

Students from the University of Missouri share benefits on studying abroad. Learn more: international.missouri.edu/getting-started.

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Global competition

Filed in Blog, Scholarship, Smith Family Scholarship, South Korea by on April 20, 2015

It’s only been a little over a month, but classes are definitely in full swing. Midterms are coming up right around the corner, and time is definitely flying by faster than I would like it to. In this blog, I want to focus on what I’ve been learning here at my host school, Korea University. […]

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A new kind of empathy

Filed in Blog, Scholarship, Smith Family Scholarship, South Korea by on April 17, 2015

In order to live as a member of society, there are many things that you need. Other than the essentials — food, clothing and housing — there are many things in between. For example, cell phone service, a bank account and means of transportation. Luckily, as an exchange student, many of these things were already […]

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DMZ/North Korea bound

Filed in Blog, North Korea, South Korea by on July 31, 2012
DMZ/North Korea bound

The DMZ stands for “demilitarized zone” and it separates the North from the South of Korea. I did a day-long tour there, and I was priviledged to see the Third Tunnel, Dorasan Station, the Joint Security Area, Peace Park and the Dora Observatory. The tour was amazing, although a little scary as the tension between […]

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My TaLK Life: Six months and counting

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on July 22, 2012

I spent the last six months collecting some of my favorite moments of the students I teach. Here is the almost final video of first through sixth grades. Although a little long, it’s a great inside look at the life of an English teacher in South Korea. (I still have to add music, so sorry […]

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Kitty Cafe

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on July 18, 2012
Kitty Cafe

Maybe some of you have heard of the Hello Kitty Cafe in Seoul where you enter  a twilight zone where everything is pink and disgustingly cute Hello Kitty themed … Well, I’m not here to talk to you about that adorable place. I’m here to talk to you about a place next door that’s even […]

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