One of these days, I'm going to make a video blog and just talk about it all. Just because I've always wanted to try that. I got my first homework assignment today. I have to make a 4 minute presentation over either water or peace. It doesn't matter what it deals with as long as it involves water or peace. A presentation is like telling a story, but this story has many climaxes. The teacher actually makes sense, even though he either calls me Kentucky or Wolf (because that's what my hat says) He's something else. It's due by next Monday. I believe that I'll figure it out by then. It's only cause I'm so awesome. haha Just kidding.
One of the things I've had the hardest thing doing is trying to venture out by myself and do things. Well, I went out by myself tonight down to the cafeteria. Even order something besides using a machine. I just pointed at something and thought 'yeah, that's something I'll try.' My philosophy here has become a 'don't ask, don't tell'. Some of the meat looks sketch, but it isn't so bad. It's definitely tastes different than American food. I can't wait to be home to eat a steak. Or a pizza!! :) I think I'm going to have to try the Pizza Hut that's in Seoul though. There are a few McDonald's around too. But I don't know if I want to try the fast food here, lol.
For all of that is Korea, it is busy and can smell pretty rank at times, it's still an amazing place to venture to. I am so glad I made this decision to come here. Have I said how I made the decision? I will tell you then.
Basically, the idea got put in my head when we were at the first International Club meeting in August of last year. Kathryn, who is Mrs. Suzy's (the International Director) workstudy, came to the meeting and said that LWC had sister schools in South Korea, Japan, and other places. This is going to sound awful, but I was like everybody goes to Japan. Why? I decided right then.. 'You know what? I want to go to South Korea. I made a promise, and I want to keep it and learn.' So, that very next day, I went into Suzy's office and told her I wanted to go to South Korea. She gave me the pamphlet to Kyonngi University and let me go through it and everything. I thought for the longest time that I wouldn't end up coming because I would either get denied or not have enough money. Just something would come up. I really don't know why, but I was just being all negative about it. There was so much paperwork to fill out! It was insane! I had to get my passport before I sent it, and I got it issued Oct. 10 of last year. It didn't take too long because it was off season. At least, the plus on that was I'm okay with the picture for the next ten years because I didn't look bad at all. :D
I got the acceptance letter and everything! I was getting pumped. The first person I told was the one I promised I would see her again and visit her country. My friend, who picked me up from the airport, Bo Kyeong. She was one of the first people from another country I met, and she introduced me to the music of 2NE1. I was hooked!
Now, that was the acceptance and the decision. The scholarship came as a surprise while I was on my way to New Orleans on a mission trip. We stopped at a McDonald's in Alabama somewhere, and I got the email telling me about the scholarship and what I needed to do to complete it. Let me just say, I've never been more than happy to have by some off chance took my passport with me. Everything just worked for me so awesomely. I was glad the church we were staying at had a scanner, and that another friend had a computer. She let me use it whenever I needed to. If it weren't for her, there is no way I would have been able to complete some of the documents I needed too. I want to give a huge 'Thank you' to Breanna for that because without her letting me use her comp, I wouldn't have had the chance to get this scholarship I have. So, I guess this is kind of my thank you to everybody who has helped me to get here. My family was hesitant, but they have backed me on my decision to come. Heck, my twin wasn't even upset that I was going to have to miss her wedding. She knew that this was something I've always wanted. Then, there's my mom, my big sis, my nieces and nephews, my aunt and cousin...I just miss the crazy dysfunctional family we are a little..just a little ;p. I'm thankful to the help that Mr. Phil and Mrs. Brittany (the librarians), and Mr. G and Ms. Sohn gave me by donating money to help me get my plane ticket to get here. That would have definitely been a huge problem otherwise. To my two best friends...if you read this...you've constantly asked me if this is what I wanted or you've just constantly reassured me when I've felt unsure. To my many friends who I also miss dearly, I thank you just because you guys kept me distracted from thinking too hard about it.
Just a thank you to everybody for reading my blog and keeping in touch with me to give me support and encouragement. It's going to be a hard few months, but I will come back as a more understanding person.
With much regards,