I spent two months in Seoul, South Korea working with the Publications and Public Relations team at the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding. There, I was able to explore the work behind an international organization and further reinforce my experience with my major in International Relations. My work dealt mostly with proofreading news articles and interviews to be published in the organization’s magazine, SangSaeng, as well as the organization’s website and social media. However, I was able to write some of my own short articles as well as offer some input in creative decisions. Overall, what struck me the most was the hospitality and friendliness of the staff and interns on my team. I was able to form camaraderie with many of them despite our cultural differences. Although there were times in which I felt like an outsider, my co-workers treated me with patience and understanding.
My favorite parts about this past summer, however, involved learning how to live in and adapt to Korea. Although this wasn’t my first time there, I was able to experience the country in a new, extensive way. From the daily commute on the subway to budgeting for weekly groceries, I felt somewhat immersed into the society. My weekend excursions and adventures also allowed me to meet new people, see new sights, eat delicious food, and explore Korea on my own terms.