This New Korean Life! ðŸ‡°ðŸ‡·

“Why Korea?!” was the most common reaction when I told my family and friends about my desire to study abroad in South Korea. But honestly! There are many reasons to why I chose to come here.

During high school I was able to meet a few Korean international students who I became really good friends with. My friends were eager to learn about American culture and my Mexican culture just as much I was to learn from them and get a peek at the other side of the world. I was introduced to the tangy flavor of kimchi and their colorful cuisine, and got also invited to spend some family dinners with them and talk about life in Korea and places to visit.

Before I knew it, I was in love with their culture!

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The Beginning of Adulthood

To start from the beginning, my journey in the U.S. started in January, 2016. I was enrolled in pre-master’s language class at the American Language Institute (ALI) to prepare for my Graduate Record Examination. However, such place is good only if you are ready for studying on your own, because you are the only one who needs it. Without any extra effort you can get a certificate from Language School easily, but it does not give you a chance to pass other exams needed for applying to grad school.

People there were nice. Teachers were all adorable, interesting people, who were always ready to help you with any question.

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International Student Voices: Mohamed Amine Abassi

This spring, the International Student Center hosted the International Student Essay Contest where students were encouraged to describe life “in their shoes.” The response was overwhelming and inspiring. Be International is excited to highlight SDSU’s outstanding international students by presenting some of these submissions. In our first installment in this series, we meet aerospace engineering graduate student Mohamed Amine Abassi. Abassi shares his harrowing experience in the Tunisian military and how, through perseverance, he was able to break free to pursue his dreams in the United States.

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