Welcome back to Heart&Seoul! I would like to apologize for being late about posting, but I think we all know this is just how I am by now.
I would like to apologize for being late about posting, but I think we all know this is just how I am by now. Anyways, it is the 2 month anniversary of telling my family about wanting to go to South Korea, so what’s a better time to tell you about how it all went down?
Now, my family, like many other Westerners, have an irrational fear of the Korean Peninsula. This is fair since North Korea is not the safest place on Earth, but people seem to forget that North and South Korea are not the same places.
Anyways, my family and I were sitting at the table eating breakfast and I told them I wanted to study abroad. They were ok with that for the most part, mostly concerned with the cost. Then they asked where I wanted to go. When they started calling out the names of different Europe countries, I knew what I was about to say was going to be a shock. The conversation continued as such.
Me: “No, not France or Spain. Actually, I want to go to South Korea.” (Note: Emphasis on South)
Family: “What? Why do you want to go there? You don’t even speak Korean.”
Me: “I’ve been learning. And actually the University I want to go to offers courses in English.”
Family: “Ah, but it’ll be English spoken by Koreans. What if you don’t understand?”
Me: “I’ll be fine. They are qualified teachers. I shouldn’t have a problem.”
Now that the language wasn’t an issue, they brought out the big guns. Literally.
Family: “But what if you’re bombed or something? What are you going to do?”
I had no idea what to say. What could I say? Yes, North Korea does pose a threat. It would be naive to think it doesn’t. But I wasn’t going to let fear of a possible occurrence stop me from studying abroad. So, all I could say was:
Me: “I’ll be fine.”
At this point, I think my family realized that nothing was going to sway me from going to South Korea. So, all they could do was shake their heads in exasperation, probably questioning the sanity of their child, and say ok.
And there you have it, folks! I was really nervous about telling my family about South Korea, but once I did, I couldn’t have been happier. My Nana even buys me Korean snacks from our grocery store whenever she happens to be in the aisle.
So, don’t be afraid of telling your family or friends about studying abroad. It’s an exciting experience and you should be able to share it! Stand your ground about the country of your choice, and you will be just fine!
Tune in next week for: Advice on Applying