Korean Learning Journey, Personal Life, Studying In Korea 2013

LEARNING JOURNEY; 다시 학생으로 변하기 Becoming a Student Again

YES, I finally get to post this! Been keeping it in my drafts because I didn’t want to jinx anything, wahaha.

25 December 2012

It’s Christmas, and I finally applied for the Spring semester at Yonsei KLI!

I initially wanted to apply for the Winter semester, but Mum kept stating her concerns about how I wouldn’t be able to take the cold, and I didn’t want to let her worry (though I really wanted to see snow T_T), so I waited. This year is also apparently the coldest winter Korea has ever seen, so it might have been a good thing? I don’t know. Part of me really hopes that the crazy weather keeps up so I get to see snow when I get there anyway. xD

8th January 2013

So many preparations to be done! D: Whilst waiting for the acceptance letter, Mum’s busy helping me shortlist accommodations and I’m busy listing down things to bring and going through her list. I’m not applying for SK Global House (Yonsei’s hostel) because the prices are unbelievably expensive for a small room!

Been searching the net for accommodations and for people’s experiences/recommendations. There are a couple here and there saying that one shouldn’t reserve or insist on reserving as you might regret upon arriving and seeing that the room is not up to your standards since 고시원 (goshiwon) and 하숙집 (hasukjib) don’t really have reservation cultures. Of course, you’d have to have a place to stay first in order to begin your search, so either hotels or a friend’s place (if you have a friend there).

Getting more and more anxious as days pass and I don’t see the acceptance letter in my inbox. Mum says it’s a sure thing that they’d accept me, but WHAT IF (for some godforsaken reason) THEY DON’T?!, so I’m just trying to be patient. It says on their website that it’d take one to two weeks to process applications, and it’s only been a week since Mum transferred the application fee (ugh, bank transfer fees amount to almost half of it!), so patience… Dx Hopefully I’ll get good news soon!

15 January 2013

20th January 2013

Yay, I finally got my acceptance email! ^^ Now the next steps are to pay the tuition fees, get a confirmation email, get the actual physical acceptance letter, apply for a student visa, and I’m good to go! Hopefully everything goes without a hitch, especially in regards to the visa.

As I am planning to take both Spring and Summer semesters, in order for me to be able to apply for the D-4 student visa, I have to pay for both semesters first, so that the school can register me for the Summer semester (online registrations not opened yet). Also, apparently the bank exchange rate has gone up now. The bank transfer fees are already ridiculous enough. Boo. :(

I also have to find accommodations. Mum’s idea is to find a place to stay for the first month, so we have ample time to look for better accommodations, because it’s obviously not economical to stay in hotels (a week stay there equivalent to a month stay in a 고시원/하숙집), and I don’t really have friends there whom I can bunk in with (I’m actually just too shy to ask), so I’ll have to look into reserving a place to stay for the first month.

24th January 2013

Finally paid tuition fees! The exchange rate went back down, so it was the same as when Mum transferred the application fee. ^^ Still not happy about the bank transfer fees >_>, but it’s not like I can do anything about it.

30th January 2013

Received an email with my all clear admission status in the morning! :D Once I get the physical acceptance letter (hopefully within 2 weeks) in the mail, I can go apply for my D-4 student visa! Exciting~ The Singapore Korean embassy website says that the visa will take 4 days to process. Hopefully mine will be that quick too.

Anyhow, Mum also surprised me by letting me know that she had already booked plane tickets! :O Apparently there was an offer on Zuji, lol. S$362.40 for my one-way ticket, and S$455.70 for Mum’s round-trip ticket. Cheap, huh?

Yes, Mum’s coming along with me, and she’ll be with me for the first month. I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THAT. To be honest, I’m scared out of my wits to be doing this. Sure, I wanted it for the longest time, but to actually be doing it is completely stepping out of my comfort zone. I have this really weird complex; I like being alone, but I don’t like going places alone. Am I weird? Maybe. I don’t think I’ve ever not been weird in my entire life anyway. xD

Pity we’re leaving on Dad’s birthday though. :( Mum said that he wanted me to get there a day early so that I can rest and prepare for the placement test.

아빠가 완전 최고다, 최고. ㅠㅠ 사랑해요, 아버지. 제가 꼭 열심히 공부하고 아버지하고 어머니를 자랑스럽게 만들어 드릴께요. 기대하세요! (Dad is really the best. T_T I love you, Dad. I’ll definitely study hard and make you and Mum proud. Count on it!)

12 thoughts on “LEARNING JOURNEY; 다시 학생으로 변하기 Becoming a Student Again”

  1. 와우 말학생님이 연세대에 한국어를 공부하러 갈거예요! 찐자 한국어공부하기를 사랑하네요! 왜 말학생님이 한국문화과 국어에 관심이 생겼는지 궁금해요 저도 관심이 있어서 그래요.



  2. Congrats! 부럽다~ 저도 연대 다니고 싶어요. ㅠ ㅠ
    It’s like one of my dream schools because Sweet Sorrow studied there (haha!) and the facilities there are just…wow.


  3. Hey 안녕하세요 ㅎㅎ
    Actually I am also going to Yonsei soon for two semesters. So I already have received my D4 visa. But I am a little confused as do I compulsarily book a round-trip flight or is it ok to bood a one-way trip flight first?


    1. Hi again!
      You can book a one-way trip, but if you want to stay for a longer period than your visa allows, you will have to either renew it or get out of the country before it expires and go back.


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