English Paper on Life Hustles in South Korea

English Paper on Life Hustles in South Korea

The green country, which everybody would want to visit, is sprinkled with cherry trees, high tech cities and its coastal fishing villages. Learning about South Korea and my experience in the country are the features that I will never forget.

I did not know about South Korea before I came here. I heard of it during the soccer matches like World Cup and Olympics. Besides this knowledge, in 2012 I became unemployed for six months. During the period, I was looking for opportunities everywhere, through online, friends, and family members. One day, while I was checking my Facebook account, I accidently ran into an old friend from elementary school. We had a long conversation about our school life, then he asked me, “What do you do right now?” “Nothing at this time, I am looking for a new job,” I answered. He told me that he is working with the Saudi Embassy in Korea and can help me get a job in there if I decided to come with him. He told me, to just make my way to Korea not only for the job but also to pursue my studies.

I went into deep thinking about the offer since I had to make the right decision. I went ahead and asked my parents to give me advice. My father agreed to the idea but unfortunately mother was a bit uncomfortable. She thought that the place was far and insisted that I should just stay around, look for another job, and get married. Sure enough I seemed to have known my mother quite well in the sense that I was expecting this kind of an answer. With no money for my preparations, I was motivated by my friend. Thus, I took my chances and sold my only asset my car.

At the airport my friend was excited to see me, he picked me up, and we went to his place in Itaewon. The first thing that came to my mind was that Korea is so clean and has a variety of wide highways. Surely, my expectation for Korea were too high, I guess this was due to the lack of experience especially in exploring the world. My friend began by telling me that if I get good grades I can be enrolled to our government scholarship. To me that was quite an easy task since I have always been an intelligent learner and getting good grades was one thing that never worried me at all. After one semester I received an email from my Embassy that I got accepted to the program and from then on all my expenses would be covered. I got excited and tried to tell my parents the good news. Unfortunately, I could not do it since I did not have a means to communicate to them. That day I did not sleep and I was partying with my friend. In Itaewon, I did not find it hard to live with my friends and foreign food was never a problem, but when I moved to Hoegi, the food became an obstacle for me. Loneliness was killing me as they say the struggle is real. I started to feel as an expat as that such lifestyle hit me hard. However, since I had a chance to change my life I really had to find a way to survive. I could not afford to throw away this life changing opportunity.