First of all I am very thankful to be a part of student exchange program between Universitas Indonesia and Seoul National University, this has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. The first month of my stay in here was very challenging, I have to adapt to different cultures in such a short time. But, once I get used to it, it was nothing but a great experience. My stay and study here had broaden my perspective, I get to interact with locals and also students from all around the world which have different cultural background.
By taking part in a class with other international students, I am more than excited to be a part of lively discussion within the students and also the professors. Something I do not usually see in my classes back home, students are debating to each other, trying to understand the topics and make sure their voices heard. That is a very brave action to me, the lecture is no longer one-way. Life as an international student is so much fun, I get to meet a lot of friends from different culture while introduced my own culture. It is a bond that will last for a long time. I also inspired by how Korean students really dedicated to their study and impressed by their ability to maintain balance between education and social life.
Not only on campus but I also learned a lot from out campus. During my stay here, I was honored to be a part of Indonesia Economic Forum in Seoul, I get to learn about the real situation of economic relationship between the two countries. As an advertising student, I get to witness the advertising mechanism in South Korea and how it differ with Indonesia and other country. It was a unique experience to see personal branding of other person being advertised, or fan-advertising, in Korea, there are a lot of famous movie star or idol ads made by their fans. Those desire driven by a lot of advertising resource in Korea. I also learn how important the role of a brand ambassador for a product.
Overall, Korea has welcomed me with its warm hand; the people, the food, the culture, every aspect in here will be missed. And I am more than grateful to get the opportunity to live in fast moving society that still holds their culture. Looking forward to what life has to offer in the future, maybe we will meet again. Until next time, Korea.