Why did you decide to study abroad?
I decided to go abroad because of the many opportunities that I had to pass on in my past. In college, I was originally going to pass on the opportunity to go abroad. I had no idea what I wanted to do or go for study abroad. Then I met some of my friends who had studied in Korea and it sounds fun, and inviting. Plus I was really active in the international community and did a lot of programs where I interacted with Korean citizens and many other international students. That's what really inspired me to go to Korea, and why I choose to study abroad.
How did you pay for your study abroad experience?
I mostly use money that I got through my internship and the the Diversity abroad scholarship, and money I got from my school.
What is one thing you wish you would have known about studying abroad before you left?
I asked all I needed and many people helped me when I got there. Don't go senior year if you can avoid it!
Did you experience any discrimination abroad because of your race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or a physical disability? If so, what did you learn from the experience?
I am African American female who choose to study abroad in Korea, I feel like this says enough. I have and previous friends who have studied in Korea who aren't Asian and they would tell me about all the discrimination that they experiences and how they just laugh about it now. So because of their experiences I went to Korea believing that I would experiences if not all, but some of the same things that my friends experience. When I went I might of experienced small things here and there, but I just would say that I don't speak Korea or just ignore it. I just learn that sometimes it hard for people to accept you for who you are, but you should never be close-minded to these experiences try to educate them on it and move on.
How has studying abroad benefited you, personally and academically?
Personally, when I went to Korea I learned so much about myself, that I might think of going back again. It didn't really impact to the point where I had an epiphany, because I was only there for a little while. But maybe from this experience I will be able to figure out my future.