어린 시절의 추억들 (Childhood Memories)

For week 3 of my internship, I approached my cultural exploration in South Korea from a different perspective: examining what makes a person who they are. This starts from their childhood experiences, whether good or bad, which set them on a path to who they will become in the future. Taking classes on Korean culture and society during my semester abroad taught me more about the typical Korean student lifestyle and how much time they dedicate to working towards getting employed after college. Some students spend up to 14 hours a day studying and preparing for the one test that will determine their future, the CSAT or 수능 (suneung). Therefore, hosting an event like the flash mob surprise event called 스쿨 어택 (School Attack) opened my eyes to how much these students appreciate any distraction from their daily routine of studying. This event, hosted by my internship organization, 부산국제코미디페스티벌 (Busan International Comedy Festival), as a teaser for the upcoming festival, consisted of going to a local middle school and high school and surprising the students with an event where they would be able to participate, receive prizes, and watch performances. Being able to experience this from the perspective of the organizers, I gained a greater appreciation for the time and effort it took to put together all the events I experienced while in primary and secondary school.

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Final Post: Summary for summer research experience

This summer, my research focused on two major parts: 1) chemical characterization of urban organic aerosols; 2) chemical analysis on composition of biomass burning aerosols.

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Hello, Doggy! Beijing- Week 7

Wow, only two more weeks left. The past few weeks have really flown by- far quicker than how it felt at the beginning of the summer. It’s funny how time works. When I first got here, I felt uncertain, lonely, and overwhelmed. That’s probably a given when arriving in a brand new country, not knowing anyone, and not knowing the language. The first week felt like an eternity; despite my excitement for the whole experience, self-doubt fueled a lot of my thoughts. Could I really make it the whole summer? The answer, of course, is yes- and I’m gonna miss it, too.

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