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2009-09-17 The Journey of a Thousand Miles...

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Begins with a bunch of boxes, that neatly fit into a 5x5 storage unit no less.

I've been saying for over a year now that I would be spending my final fall semester away from campus, but no matter how many times I said it out loud it never really sunk in. Well, after moving out of my Reds apartment and packing my life into storage it has become a little bit more real. I have now thrown the rest of my stuff into two suitcases, left campus, and am hours away from heading to PDX to begin the miles-intensive portion of my journey. Truthfully, it still hasn't sunk in yet. Chances are it won't until I'm landing in Seoul. I'll be flying to San Francisco at 7am tomorrow, where I will have a 5 hour layover before my direct flight to Seoul. I found out that there are 3 other girls on my flight that will be taking the same shuttle to Yonsei's campus. We've emailed back and forth, and will be meeting up before boarding. Luckily my school booked through United, so the perk of my Premier status is that I upgraded to Economy Plus for the 12.5 hour flight. I'll be spending the semester studying at Yonsei University, living on campus at the International House. I was planning on taking International Political Economy, East Asian International Relations, Politics of North/South Korea, and Korean Language. The registration process was...challenging to say the least, and I only was able to get into the last two classes. I'm hoping to be able to get signed into some classes, but if not I might enter into intensive language classes. No matter what I end up taking, I know it will be an amazing experience. More than anything I am looking forward to the opportunity to spend a full semester away from campus, immersed in another culture. I hope to post pretty regularly to keep everyone updated on my travels and the progress of my "necessary character development"* over the semester. Ashley Price Yonsei University Fall '09

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