Let me introduce myself: I’m Sieun Ryu from Seoul, Korea and I am studying abroad through SAF’s program for the spring 2020 semester. I will introduce my life in Edinburgh for the next six months, so be ready to follow along!
As I’m writing this post, I have just finished my sophomore year. My home university is Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, also known as HUFS, and it specializes in languages. (We offer 43 different languages!) Although my original major is economics, because of my university, I became strongly interested in other languages. Last year, I took Spanish and Esperanto classes. Learning different languages not only improved my linguistic skills, but also led to a deeper understanding in various cultural and international issues. Traveling to other countries and learning new languages made me eager to study in different countries. This past year, I decided to take English for International Conferences and Communication, or EICC, as my second major. EICC teaches how to effectively interpret and communicate in this globalized world — but I felt limited within the classes I was taking. I felt like I was always trying to catch up, and by the end of the semester, I was so exhausted. I thought: what was the purpose of taking this lecture? What should I do in the future? What do I even want to do in the future?
To get answers to these questions, I decided to study abroad.