As finals week is coming to an end and Christmas break is just around the corner, I suddenly miss my life in South Korea. Thoughts of Korea fill my thoughts when I’m tired of studying. Although university life in Korea is about the same as life here at OU, I felt happier and more excited to finish the school year there. Maybe it was because I was going back to the United States for the winter or maybe because I was so stressed with school that I just wanted to be done. Either way, I was happy when school finally ended.
But, with the end of school and me returning home came goodbyes that I didn’t want to say. I didn’t make a lot of friends during my fall semester at SNU, but I had become close with those who lived in my hostel. From my Korean mom and dad to my French sister Mandy and Malaysian sister, Hui, I didn’t want to say goodbye because I was unsure if I would see them again. It was especially hard saying goodbye to Hui as she was also going back to her country. Since I was coming back to Korea in February, I would see my Korean parents again, but with her, I was unsure when we would meet again. That goodbye was hard, but I promised her that when I was done with spring semester, I would visit her in Malaysia. And, I did. We had lots of fun catching up and doing our favorite thing together, eating! Now, although she is in Australia, I still contact her from time to time to see how she’s doing.
It’s amazing to me how quickly time flies. It’s hard to believe that a year ago, I was in a different country living a very different life. It was colder and windier, but I still went out every day to explore and to meet my friends. I miss Korea a lot and I hope to be back soon. I want to go for vacation rather than study because I can fully enjoy my time without worrying about grades.