Introducing My Friend
Introducing My Friend
  • Shin Hye-bin
  • 승인 2023.05.31 11:25
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Q1. What motivated you to choose Korea as your exchange student country?
  When I looked at the exchange program, my option was Europe, the U.S., Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. I had already lived in Europe and experienced a similar atmosphere. I didn’t want to go there. I’m American, so I’m not going to the U.S. as an exchange student to learn about a new culture. It was Asia. Asia has been very interesting to me, and my university has a few options, like Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Korea. After I looked them over, I thought Korea was the best option because Korea is a very safe country, different from mine. So I chose Korea to learn about its history and culture.

Q2. What did you want to do when you came to Korea? (Ex. Food, place, festival)
  I wanted to get to know the culture, so I went to Seoul and visited many places, such as Hongdae and Itaewon. I still want to go to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Especially the food was memorable. There is Korean food in the Netherlands, but it doesn’t taste like it does in Korea. Of all the food I ate in Korea, the most memorable was Korean fried chicken.


Q3. Is there any reason you chose your major?
  My major is English Education for high schools. When I had to decide what I wanted to do in college, I knew that I wanted to do something that would allow me to help people improve their lives. But as I considered teaching and other options, it became clear that the subject I was most suited for was English. English has a rich history, and it’s also my strongest language, so I chose that major and am glad I did. It’s my opportunity to be here! 


Q4. Have you ever experienced a cultural difference in Korea?
  I remember that when people give something, they give it with both hands. I was surprised by how quiet most places were. That’s not the case in my culture. The quiet atmosphere felt awkward on the subway or in public places. When I came here, I noticed a few cultural differences, such as guys holding girls’ bags, which was strange. I also noticed couples wearing matching clothes, which I had never seen in my culture.

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