Emily Strawn, 2015 graduate of Grace College, recently spoke to her local newspaper about her experience studying abroad in Korea. The following story is from the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier in Mattoon, Ill.
Studying abroad in South Korea in her last semester of college afforded Mattoon resident Emily Strawn not only a change of scenery but also the sense of adventure she was looking for at this stage of her life.
“I have always been interested in different cultures so some of my desire to study abroad stemmed from that,” said the December 2015 graduate of Grace College and Theological Seminary of Winona Lake, Ind. She earned a bachelor’s degree in counseling with a minor in general science.
“I guess I kind of wanted to go out with a bang. It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to live in a different country for four months.”
To enter the study abroad program, she said she endured an intense application process including two applications at her school and another application specific to the school in Handong.
The first application at Grace was just a basic application including her name, GPA, etc., while the second one was a checklist with criteria such as letters of recommendations from teachers and having the dean of students sign it.
It was “not a process I want to relive anytime soon,” Strawn said. “It was a lot of work.”
Approximately 60 international students participated, including students from countries like the US, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, Mexico, Madagascar, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. The students studied at Handong Global University in Pohang South Korea.
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