About

안녕하세요! Hello! Welcome to my blog!

My name is Natasha.  I’ve been really interested in Korean culture since about 2007.  Interested in kind of an understatement.  I’ve been OBSESSED.  My friends and family think I’m crazy, but I love Korea!

In 2010 during the Spring and Summer semesters of my Sophomore year, I lived out my dream of living in Seoul, South Korea.  I studied Korean at Yonsei University, one of the top three universities in South Korea.  During my stay I started this blog (previously titled ‘Natasha in Seoul’) as a way to communicate with my friends and family back home. I updated this blog regularly, including many photos and occasionally video of my life in Korea.  I wanted to show my friends and family back home that their misconceptions about Korea were wrong and that Korea is an amazing country. (I have since made a lot of those blogs private because they were more like diary entries. However, many are still public!)

In December 2014 I completed my Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and shortly after applied to teach English in Korea through EPIK. I was accepted as a middle school teacher in Busan.I have been in Korea since August 2015 and am loving it!  I try to update my blog as much as possible to share my new adventures in Busan and as a teacher in Korea with my family, friends, and future EPIK applicants.

I hope you enjoy my blog! Please subscribe to receive e-mail updates when I upload a new post. Lastly, feel free to contact me with any questions you have!

-Natasha

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38 thoughts on “About

  1. Jericho says:

    I’ll be starting at Yonsei this Fall. I stumbled across your blog and I would really appreciate if you could answer some questions or give any advice.

    Get back if you can.
    Thanks, peace.

  2. Bernal says:

    Hey, another obsessed! Nice too meet you… I might see at the Kli this summer. How is the tension right now over there with all the war and stuff?

    Greetings from Guatemala.

    • SeoulGirl015 says:

      Hey! Honestly, I don’t notice any tension when I go out. No added security anywhere. If I didn’t read the news online or watch TV I probably wouldn’t even know that there is tension between the two countries.

  3. Bernal says:

    Oh.. cool, that’s good to know. Anyways I will be in Korea next week, staying at Daegu for a week, and I will go to Yonsei on the 21th prior starting the classes. Maybe we can meet each other…

    can I write you through your email?

  4. Simatao says:

    haha, another obsessed ^.^

    gonna be at yonsei kli from june 28 on. Thanks for your great blog!

    How is your hostel? I’d prefer to stay outside the dorm, not because of clubbing, but I don’t wanna be treated like a baby that can’t manage its life by itself.

    see ya around 😉
    *just preparing my backpack*

    • SeoulGirl015 says:

      Thanks for liking my blog! ^^
      I didn’t move into the hostel place yet. Tomorrow!! I’m kinda nervous about it. I will definitely post on my blog about moving in and what it’s like!
      Living in iHouse you’re definitely not babied. You’re pretty much on your own. It has it’s advantages like being RIGHT next to KLI. But it has it’s disadvantages like only speaking English. It’s really up to you what you want to do.! ^^
      I hope you have a blast here! I’ll still be here in the summer as well so maybe I’ll see you around!

  5. Daphné says:

    Hi Natasha ~ I am also going to study Korean at Yonsei University. I’ll be starting this fall. I am totally excited! I am glad I found out about your blog. How is it learning Korean at Yonsei?

    • SeoulGirl015 says:

      It’s a lot of fun. The program here is really good. The pace is nice, they don’t cram too much into a semester (unlike my university back home) so I think I learned a lot more here since we were able to spend more time on each lesson. My teachers were really nice. The class sizes are pretty small (under 15 usually) so there’s a lot of one on one talking with the teacher. Try to get out and join clubs and meet Korean students, that will help your Korean improve a lot!!!! ^^

  6. Shanelle says:

    Hi Nat
    I just stumbled upon your blog! I’m in a huge dilemma now as I Have to decide if I should enter Yonsei – Underwood International College this fall for undergraduate studies. Although you’re studying Korean at Yonsei I assume you should have some idea of UIC. Would you recommend UIC? I am not of Korean descent but just someone crazy about Korea and Korean culture as well, thus applying to Yonsei.
    I know the standard of education is very high at Yonsei, do you think it will be overly competitive? I really can’t imagine studying 24/7 during finals. Also, how is the administration at Yonsei? I’m afraid that they are not as yet “foreigner-friendly” and instead cater better to Korean-americans or students who speak korean well.
    Hope to hear from you soon!!

    • SeoulGirl015 says:

      Hi! Thanks for reading my blog! ^^

      UIC is for international students. ALL the classes are taught in English. The administration speak English as well. The Assistant Dean was my Korean Studies professor and he’s American. He’s AWESOME! Such a great dude! You’ll love him, everyone does!

      Education is pretty competitive here. Everything is graded on a competitive scale. The way I understood it is that the top percent will get an A. The next percent will get B. So even if you score a B, if enough people score higher than you you might end up with a C. I don’t know if that is true, that’s how I understood it.

      UIC is mostly International Studies courses. So if you’re interested in like International Communications or something, then UIC will be great. Check out the website for their classes. My roommate was in UIC. She’s Korean, but her English is great because she lived in Canada for a long time. There are other students who are Korean and aren’t that proficient in English. One of my roommates classes was supposed to be taught in English, but since the students were all Korean he switched to teaching the class in Korean instead.
      There are quite a number of foreigners in the program too.
      Sorry I don’t know too much about it. If you have more questions just e-mail me and I’ll forward it to my roommate, I’m sure she wont mind answering them for you! ^^
      You’ll love Yonsei though! It’s really a great place and in a great location!

  7. Harika says:

    I stumbled across your blog while looking for something else. And, I hope I don’t sound like a creep, but just spent the last few hours reading all of your posts. Haha, I’m actually coming to Seoul in a few days and your blog is awesome! It’s filled with exactly the kind of information I need/want. I was thinking of blogging my travels myself, and your blog has definitely helped me decide for sure.

  8. ch1b1m says:

    Hey, I accidentally (more like miraculously) stumbled upon your blog ;D I so wanna got to Korea too and study Korean language + their culture! I plan to go this spring of 2011 and i’ve been searching like crazy for the most affordable Korean language program in Korea. hehe can I e-mail you some of my one hundred questions about Yonsei University and Korea 😀 hehehe, I really appreciate your stories… it keeps my Korean dreams alive hahaha!

  9. MiMi says:

    hi, i really like your blog, so i’m just wondring what are you excatly studying at Yonsie and if it’s hard for international students to get a scholarship??? thanx 😉

  10. Anthony says:

    Hi Natasha,

    I was wondering if you knew of any funding for US students going over to Yonsei University/UICto study. I was suppose to go this fall but since I had no funding I was not able to go but instead plan on going this spring. Do you know of any scholarships available for students in my situation?
    P.S. Your blog is awesome! Thank you!

    -Anthony

  11. caity says:

    Hi Natasha,
    I am planning to attend Yonsei’s International Summer School this summer, and I recently found your blog while doing some research. I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts! Is there any way that I could e-mail you some questions that I have about Yonsei? 감사합니다!!

  12. Suji says:

    Hi, I am going to Korea this summer through the KLI program at Yonsei. KLI offers various activities (painting, pottery, cooking, taekwondo, etc.). I’m debating between taekwondo and Korean cooking classes. Do you know anything about the activites? Which would you recommend? I am a girl, 18 yrs old.

    Thanks!

    • SeoulGirl015 says:

      Cooking!!! Cooking meets once a week for I think two hours but we NEVER stayed the entire time. If you dont make any mistakes you’ll be able to leave early! 🙂
      Taekwondo was like two or three times a week.
      I really suggest cooking. It was a lot of fun. I learned a lot of recipes and they even give you the instructions to keep. The things we made were simple enough that I could make them myself back in America…did I ….no because I live in the middle of no where so I can’t buy the Korean ingredients 😦
      So yea, HIGHLY recommended Cooking class!! 🙂

  13. Koukiya says:

    Dats awesome! U such a lucky gal … I wish I was you!! I applied to UIC and I am getting my results in the end of this month……I am NOT nervous at all, I am actually very excited!! I am just like ya…an addict of korea, koreans and korean culture!!! People call me Michin all the time!! hehe xD It doesn’t bother me..It just makes me happier!
    I already got in Rochester University in New York (btw I am Moroccan!) However, UIC is my passion even though my parents would rather prefer to kill me than allow me go to South Korea!! They still didn’t give me a reason why!! -_-‘
    I would be extremely grateful if you send me your email adress or skype name so that I can contact you and ask you few questions abt Yonsei and Korea…..especially concerning education, level of adjustements and challenegs that you faced…this will help me take the right decision related to my future…. (Rochester or UIC) In case I get in UIC (I actually have a very strong feeling abt getting in)!!!
    I hope you are enjoying your stay at Seoul (I am sure U are! =)
    take care and gud luck!!!

  14. Nanooz says:

    OMG hi hi! I just stumbled upon your blog and it’s awesome! I have questions though, I might be applying to Yonsei UIC next year but I’m a bit paranoid about how the Koreans see foreigners there. I heard some Koreans would look at your weird and I’m already scared of that :/ Btw fyi I am Malaysian 🙂 How do you fin Koreans in the university? Are they very friendly?

  15. Jos says:

    Like others, I just stumbled across this blog after I was looking for a map of Sincheon (hmmm… now I think about it, I’ve probably got one somewhere), for a short piece I wanted to write about a brief visit I made to Yonsei.
    Great blog, by-the-way.

    Jos.

  16. Claire Sohn says:

    Dear , Natasha,

    This is Arirang TV PR team. 🙂

    Now Arirang TV is holding on an event- “Arirang UCC Contest Season 2”.

    Details are attached here,

    http://www.arirang.co.kr/event/ucc_contest2011/intro.asp?sys_lang=Eng

    We are asking you to help us let many people know this event in ongoing and help them to join.

    We hope through this event, Korean Wave-“Hallyu” can be boosted in some way.

    Thank you for your time and efforts in advance.

    Thank you very much.

  17. MYamaEnri says:

    this is a weird question(i think so hahaha lol).. but anyway i am really obsessed with korea!! Any my question is.. is it hard to study korean language??? and one more thing… did ur school offered like a scholarship to study in korea…?

  18. sotavento bcn says:

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  19. greatdisadvantage says:

    Hi, do you know what the acceptance rate is for 12 year overseas Koreans, and what’s the average application gpa and SAT scores for admission?
    🙂 Thank you!

  20. AnUnnie says:

    Anneyonghaseyo! ^^

    I got accepted into UIC for this Fall! 😀 I’ll be coming to Korea soon but I had a lot of questions about Seoul/South Korea. Can you answer them for me?

    I can write to you on your email if that’s fine?

    Khamsahamnida! ^^

    • wanteng says:

      Hey, I am going to Yonsei this fall too! Just wondering if you have gotten a spot in the dorm? If not, what are your plans? I totally missed the application period and is now looking for an apartment.
      Hope to hear from you 🙂

  21. Sadman says:

    Hi natasha

    It’s nice to meet you. I’m so glad that I can write this to you. Above all, I hope your happy days.
    It’s so sad yeah. I tried to be friends with you so many times but you never answer me at all even though I didn’t do any rude things and did politely.. I’m so much disappointed in myself and I don’t know why I’m treated like this. So I have one more bravery and ask you really politely, why do you look at me invisible man? I don’t understand it..
    Please don’t ignore this sentence because it’s so hurtful if you do again .. Anyway I hope you have a good day ..

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