So the first week of classes is over. All I can say is I am so happy its Friday. It seems as thought it was a stressful week for everyone. Some professors teach lectures in Korean when it is supposed to be in English, some classes get canceled, some of them you get kicked out of. I had one class where there were too many exchange students, the professor only wanted about 7 exchange students and 20 signed up, so 13 got kicked out :(
Another class was canceled because the professor resigned from KU.
So very stressful, but I think I finally have my schedule. A funny thing here is the complete disregard for copy right. Professors will simply take a book or webpages and ask a local copy shop to print and bind it into a course packet. This makes books cheaper for the KU students, apparently a lot of students complained about the high price of books.
The level of difficulty in the classes here is comparable to the US. I am mostly taking 300 and 400 level classes. They are easier than Madisons, but still a bit of work. About 50 pages of reading per class, per week. A midterm and exam. A paper or group project. Another thing is that attendence is taken and MANDATORY. They will deduct points from your final grade if you skip class. And there are no curves here, what you get is what you get.
Also this week I went to a grocery store that is a station away. It is had more produce than the little marts closer to me. The prices were also better. I bought some concord grapes, apples, cucumbers, and seaweed snacks. Just little things to help me stay satisfied between meals. A salesman inside the store was walking around with a headpiece/microphone and shouting things in Korean. He would talk in Korean for a while and then sort of sing "sale, sale, sale." Very distracting and loud LOL. It was also very hot out. I had to keep watching out for those dang mopeds and bikes on the sidewalk. they don't always slow down that much.
It is hard not having a kitchen or fridge. Have to resist the temptation of eating chips and candy and cookies. So that is why I didn't buy any. yet anyway...hahah.
This weekend I will be going out to dinner with friends, I hope to also go to the Banpo Bridge- a long bridge with a rainbow fountain, and maybe Seoul Tower.
That's all for now. I'll try to post some more pictures.