BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: I e-mailed the international student advisor at Korea University (고려대학교) last week in hopes to hear some exciting news in regards to my exchange, and his answer managed to put a great BIG smile on my face. I’ll copy-paste the quote here to help confirm my excitement:
I THINK that means I have been accepted, don’t you? I know my previous entries made it sound as if my acceptance was already confirmed, but it technically wasn’t until now! *throws hands gleefully into the air*
So…Today is April 30th.
I haven’t been blogging as frequently as I had hoped, but I’m going to try to get back on the bandwagon.
That means, with my acceptance confirmed, I will be arriving in Seoul, South Korea in approximately 112 days. (Not that I’m keeping track…)
Until then, I’m working for 20 VIC Management at the Halifax Shopping Centre as a Program/Event Coordinator for my first University co-op term.
My plan is to work as much as humanly possible until my departure date, so I can save a boatload of money to help me live comfortably in South Korea. I’m going to attempt to secure a job as an english tutor or find something on campus at KU (Korea University – 고려대학교) in order to keep food on the table.
Now, considering I hope to be staying with a kind, loving host family for the first half of my exchange, I have a feeling the meals will be healthy, hearty and delicious – so long as I can afford the rent every month. I have already been in contact with one family, who would charge 500,000 KRW (about $500 CAN) a month – everything included. I would be asked to spend a half-hour studying English with the children in the evening, something I have no problem with. I love children, and would take it upon myself to do so anyway, even if it wasn’t expected.
I suppose it would be a good time to ask if any readers out there have experienced living with a host family in South Korea, or just living in general. It’s always good to hear positive and negative feedback, so any advice would be greatly appreicated!
I look forward to hearing some of your suggestions, and I will do my best to update my progress as often as I can.
Until next time…
(P.S – If you’re interested, you can check out my youtube channel at youtube.com/maplesyrupandkimchi for a Vlog-esque version of what you see here – with infinitely more silly, goofy, outrageous behaviour… not really. I am a strange one, though, keep that in mind!)