Dongguk University has lots of international students from various countries. Especially, since it is the beginning of the semester, there are many international freshmen who were newly admitted to the school. Many things in the campus can be curious experiences to them. Even though they take similar courses in the classes, the reason why they decided to enter the school is different. Because of this, The Dongguk Post interviewed the internationalfreshmen to share what made them study in Korea and listen to their campus life.
|Daniela Maria Victoria Riveros (Freshman, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)|
Q. Why did you enter Dongguk University in Korea?
A. In order to successfully get a scholarship through the Korean Government Scholarship Program, I only had to choose one university from a very long list of universities. Among the list of universities, I thought that Dongguk University really cares about both Korean and international students.
Also, I thought that this university has the best condition to study well such as school facilities and learning atmosphere.
Q. Do you have something to say to your Korean colleagues in Dongguk University?
A. I want to make a good relationship with my colleagues and wish that they treat me just as they do to other Korean students. There are still many things that I do not know and lack, but I will not give up. I will try my best. Please take care of me.
Q. Can you tell us what is good and bad when living in a different country?
A. The language barrier is an everyday challenge. In addition, of course, being far away from my house and family makes me feel alone.
Still, just as there are difficulties, moments that make me feel happy come, too. By living in a foreign country, I can learn about different culture. Living in a foreign country is an incredible experience, especially when the culture and even food are totally unfamiliar.
|Liu Ruixin (Freshman, Media Communication)|
Q. When did you come to Dongguk University and why?
A. I came to Korea two years ago and this is my first year in Dongguk University. Before entering this school, I had studied in Korea University. One of my friends there recommended this school. Existence of the language school was the important reason why I chose this university.
Q. How is your school life?
A. I am doing fine. It is still awkward being in this school. I am trying my best to adapt myself to this kind of curriculum. But the good thing is, as Dongguk University is located in the middle of Seoul, it is very convenient to go anywhere to hang out with my friends.
Q. Do you have any difficulties living in foreign country?
A. Well, I sometimes feel isolated. There are only four Chinese students in our group which make me feel like a minority. I think it is bit hard for me to make Korean friends unless they come and talk to me first.
Also, I am too shy to go to the room where the students of our group spend their time. I hope there are more opportunities for the international students to get to know Korean students more.
|Saikal Kasmambetova (Freshman, Department of Advertising and Public Relations)|
Q. Why did you wish to study in Korea?
A. I learned Korean at the Korean Education Center in my country, Kyrgyzstan, since I was 13 years old. Learning Korean did not cost money unlike learning other languages, and I was told that the teachers in the center taught Korean well. That is why I started learning Korean culture and language at young age.
The Korean Wave also came to me starting with the drama “Boys over Flowers.” Since then, I enjoyed watching K-dramas. It helped me speak Korean fluently. Through my experiences, I became interested in Korea and I dreamt of graduating in a Korean university.
Q. Why did you choose to enter Dongguk University instead of other universities in Korea?
A. Becoming an actress has been my dream since I was very young. It is hard to learn to act in Kyrgyzstan compared to Korea. Therefore, while I was learning about Korea, I expanded my dream to act here. In addition, there were many international volunteers from Korea to my country. I volunteered as an interpreter, so that I could meet them often. I became acquainted with them. Knowing about my dream, the international volunteers recommended me to study in Dongguk University because it is well-known for teaching acting. They kept motivating me to study harder and made me enter Dongguk University.
As the interview shows, even though many international students entered Dongguk University with differnt motives, they all have something in common. They want to get along with new colleagues and adapt to the unfamiliar life well. Of course, it is natural for them to feel awkward to spend their school life in foreign countries regardless of their nationalities. However, by having many relationships with new friends in different culture, this experienceof living in Korea can be unforgettable memory in their lives.
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