I’ve been to the KU orientation. It was a long interesting and informative day. I have met my classmates and have registered for classes. It doesn’t look like it will be a walk in the park! There are over 300 students at the GSIS ( Graduate School of International Studies)and only 16 are studying Korean Studies. Korean Studies students HOWEVER are said to be the hardest working students and most go on to do a PhD. I was given some great advice on courses by current students and what to expect. I will be taking many courses by the associate Dean, I hear he works his students very HARD and expect to be reading 3 books a week! Reading interesting books sounds great but I will be taking 5 other subjects! We are encouraged to finish most of our credits in the first 3 semesters so we can work on our thesis. The good news is the subjects I will be studying are cover topics I am passionate about.
After our orientation we all met for dinner, there I got to know my new classmates and formed a friendship with a young associate professor who studied at the ANU. We have so much in common! Prof. Park grew up in Adelaide where my family originally came from and has spent many years in Canberra! We even have mutual friends! Small world!
I have the rest of the week free, I am going to take it easy and try and do some fun things.