Brandy Abreu

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: HDFS Major/ Asian Studies Minor
Program: Yonsei University
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Email: abrandy@live.unc.edu
Term: Spring 2021

 

Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I chose to study abroad because prior to COVID I planned on spending the summer in South Korea to broaden my Korean language comprehension and wasn't able to do so. I also wanted to have the opportunity to travel for the first time in a place that would majorly push me out of comfort zone and encourage me to grow and South Korea was a place that helped to challenge me in many ways. I selected my program because of Yonsei's extensive international school/program and the location was in a great part of Seoul. I also had upperclassmen peers tell me so many great things about the school itself so I was hooked.

 

What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I can become comfortable doing things on my own in a foreign place. I found myself many times going sightseeing or to cafes alone simply because I could and this allowed me to better understand myself as an individual and become content with my own company. Learning to worry less about what others think and creating a bond with myself was very valuable.

 

What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
The last day I spent in Jeju Island was one to remember. My friends and I went to Seogwipo, Jeju which is the southern tip of the island and spent the day there. We first spent the morning at a café then went go karting and laser tagging in the afternoon. By the time it reached the evening we decided to go late night squid fishing and while we only caught two squids it was still an amazing time spent with one another. We ended up having ramen with squid and kimchi to end the night. By far the best ramen I have had to date.

 

What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Being in a new place can be very scary especially if it is your first time as well. It is key to remember to enjoy the moment and go out of your comfort zone. Eat alone, talk to the locals, ask for help, because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you most likely won't see them again. Also, allow yourself to make memories with others. The people you meet can become very important factors and support systems while Studying Aboard and when you return.

 

How do you identify?
Student of color, First Generation College Student, Covenant Scholars, Scholarship Recipient

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