When I was a freshman at Ewha, I didn’t even imagine that I would ever write an article about my life in the States as an exchange student. I feel very privileged to share what I earned through the time I spent at Oklahoma State University (OSU) for two semesters.
To be honest, OSU was not one of my preferred schools as I applied for the exchange student program. It was more like I was drawn by a mysterious power to pick OSU, since there were not many options left. At that time, I was depressed because I didn’t even know where
Caylee was a member of a sorority (which refers to social organization in college) named Chi Omega. As some people might have seen in a movie Legally Blonde, sorority girls live together at one big house, have parties and formals, and do volunteer works together. Since they are all related with each other as a family, mentor and so on, everybody knows everybody in the house. Thanks to Caylee, I, sometimes, participated in their events. Once, I went to a formal, which is the equivalent of the American prom dance. For the first time in my life, I wore a dress and danced all night long. I was really glad to experience what I saw in
I took a few English literature and film classes at OSU. I was impressed by the professors who were willing to communicate with students and I could see that they truly were expertise in their fields of research. Among those classes, I especially had a lot of fun in creative writing class. The class was mainly focused on reading poems and short stories and making up our own creative pieces. While creating short stories, I felt like I became a creator of my little imaginary world so I could do everything in it. Actually, I had never thought I could enjoy writing poems and short stories before I took the class.
From time to time, I got deeply lonely even though I didn’t go through a serious homesickness. I just could not help missing my family so badly. But whenever I struggled with my homesickness, I had my friends, who deeply cared about me. Most of my friends wanted to become missionaries and they were willing to live up to God’s will. By talking with them, I learned how to serve others and treat them.
My goal to achieve from the two semesters at OSU was to improve my English. But after two semesters what I gained was not only the better English skills but friendship, knowledge of American culture, importance of family and so forth.
Through the exchange program, I earned the priceless assets of my life and I strongly believe that my life will not be the same as before I studied in the States.
Yoo Mi-jung (English Literature, 3) studied at