Anyway, I've recently sparked some pretty serious interest in my school's study abroad program. I've been debating pretty heavily between studying abroad in Japan or Korea.
In very recent events, I've become aware of a study abroad opportunity in Korea, offered by Korea University, Sejong campus. I went to an informational meeting, and got SUPER excited about it. So I discussed some things with my parents, and with my friends, and it's looking like it's pretty set to happen. All I have to do is ensure that my credits will transfer and still count in a manner that I can still graduate in four years, and I have to apply and get accepted. (There are 5 openings per semester, ATM)
Also, I'm really excited about this because if I do go, it won't be a problem financially, because KU will take care of my room, board, and airfare! (Baller!) I'm also extremely excited to take Korean language and culture if I do get accepted. I'm also very thrilled at the prospect of having 2 Korean roommates to practice my Korean with and also possibly build orders. ;]
A little bit about me:
I'm a freshman at University of Northern Colorado, but I'm from Hawaii.
I'm Japanese/Okinowan, but people say I look... Korean?
I love Starcraft, Starcraft 2, and progaming. My favorite players of each race ZPT, respectively: Jaedong, Stork, Nada. SC2: Liquid'Ret, oGs.MC, tie between Liquid'Jinro/oGs.NaDa.
Current Diamond Protoss player. (Working on getting Master. -_-)
I keep up my grades while also playing quite a bit of BW and SC2, and watching the GSL, OSL, MSL, SPL, and Day.
(I meet the GPA requirement to study abroad, 3.0. I have a 3.44)
I speak intermediate Japanese, and very little Korean, but am trying to learn both from relatives. (My aunty is tri-lingual, KR, JP, EN)
I'm fairly outgoing, social, not afraid to talk to new people (esp. cute girls), and can play piano and trombone decently.(self-taught pianist)
Now, questions for you guys:
(Mainly directed towards people living in Korea or studying abroad in Korea, but I'll gladly accept as much info as I can about Korea and its culture)
- As an Asian of a different descent, will I blend in and be fairly ignored, or will people show any sort of disdain, because I am Japanese and not Korean?
- I've asked the KU representative about the Starcraft scene at KU, and he told me it's pretty big. So, will I be able to play SC2 on some kind of foreigner SSN, or student visa, or will I have to play on a KR client with a roommate's account?
Also, how far is Sejong from the GSL/OSL/MSL/SPL happenings?
- How are girls at Korea universities, and will American tactics of getting girls' numbers and such be offensive?
- Shopping-wise, are things in Korea expensive? (like clothes, hygenics, and other dorm necessities.)
- How's the weather in Sejong in the fall/spring semester?
(This will help factor in whether I apply to go for the fall or spring semester)
- I heard that the nightclub scene is bumpin', are there any age restrictions I should know about, or gay clubs I might accidentally walk into? Would I get slapped if I were to start grinding with a girl? Anything else to do on the weekends or in my free time?
Any other tips or info about Korean culture and Korea itself would be extremely grand.
I'm already mega-hyped about the possibility of studying and visiting Korea, and further discussion might just drive me crazy. :D