After Daphne (my roommate) and I got settled, we went to bed. Thankfully I got plenty of rest. I am convinced that this whole jetlag thing is a myth. Either that or I'm immune. I feel fine, but that might have something to do with the fact that I have terrible sleep patterns in Canada. So that's ok.
Thursday February 28th 2013
Before we went to orientation, we went into the 711 and I made my first purchase in Korea!! It was just two boxed orange juice, a.k.a breakfast. Orientation began at nine in the morning. We had to ask someone where the building is. I couldn't remember what the name of the building was called, so we had to use the English name. No luck. But I finally remembered and the man told us how to get there.
Lots of students in the lecture room when we arrived. Got our admission certificates, found out how to pay for dorm and took a lot of notes on all the other dry admin stuff. >< But it wasn't so bad. Still in honeymoon phase and I am okay with whatever. Then we got introduced to our buddy, MinSeon. (I say we so much cause Daphne and I have the same buddy and we've done a lot together.) But we didn't meet our real buddy, Sooin, until later cause she hadn't arrived yet. Then everyone went out to take a group picture in front of main building I think it was. I'll post it here when they post it. And then off we were for lunch.
불고기 (bulgogi), one of my favourites.
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Second part of orientation we had some more admin stuff and we got a much anticipated presentation from the group that organises many events/outings for the Korean students to be involved with international/exchange students. Makes me feel so welcome. haha At MUN, we have a buddy program but I didn't know they had that here, cause you have to sign up for this at my school. But at KHU, it’s automatic. Everyone gets a buddy. Pleasant surprise. And it is student-run from what I can tell. Final of the presentations was from someone who works at the Seoul Global *Centre. Seems like a great resource for foreigners.
*It’s actually 'center' but I'm too Canadian for that. Haha
After all of that, everyone went on a campus tour, but the group was too big so I could never hear where we were. But I guess it doesn't matter since I just need to know where my class is and library and bank.
I'm so excited for this school year. In my first semester I only have to worry about studying Korean. Four hours a day plus living amongst people who speak it. My understanding will undoubtedly surpass my Japanese. That's a little sad but it's not so easy when you don't have people to practice with. But I have actually already had a chance to practice Japanese on my way to placement test. I met someone on the way and we spoke in Japanese. She told me that my pronunciation is very good. Whut Whut!! Haha
Ok, that's good for now. Opening ceremony tomorrow!!