Sunday, January 4, 2015

KGSP - 2014 in Review

So it's officially 2015! Following my very first Christmas away from home comes my first New Years away from home too. New Years isn't as big of a thing for me though, so it wasn't all that exciting regardless.

Me and my friends passed it as you could probably expect. Went to a friend's place and just talked, ate and drank the night away. I really wished the dorm would've extended curfew past 11 for New Year, but of course they didn't so I had to wait until the dorms unlocked again to sleep.

Also, ramyeon in a cup because why not.

Aside from that the week was pretty uneventful, so let's look back at 2014! 2014 was a pretty big year in my life, probably even my biggest. It started off fairly normally with me just going to school and doing school things like coursework, GDSoc, tutoring, research, etc. Same old, same old.

Things really started ramping up though in about April when I finished my final semester of my undergrad. That was a pretty big milestone I think because hey, I graduated and got my bachelors. That also meant I could give myself an excuse to travel and so I went on my grad trip.

Aww yea Hong Kong.

That trip was really fun. I went to Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. I've been to Hong Kong many times but it's always nice to go back. That time I went to a few places I haven't been before too, so it was fun. It was also nice to see some of my friends again since it's been two years since my internship.

Following Hong Kong I went to Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima in Japan. That was probably my most tiring leg of my trip, but also probably the most fun. I'm a big fan of Japanese media so getting to see all that was fantastic. Add onto that all the traditional and culture sights, and it was wonderful.

Really need to go back to this restaurant someday.

After that I went to Korea, but I'm gonna talk more about Korea later anyways so I'll save that for later. After I came back from my grad trip I went and started working at Digital Leisure, a small game dev company based in Aurora.

That was a cool experience too. It was my first full time job, and despite only working there for a few months I gained a lot from it. I learned a lot about how a small game dev company works, managed to learn a lot of new things, and obviously the money I got was nice too.

Apparently I didn't take any pictures of the office. Here's a screenshot of a project I worked on.

Then comes Korea. At the end of August I quit my job and moved to Korea after accepting the Korean Government Scholarship Program. I wanted to travel more and it's my goal to learn more languages, so I figured this would be a great opportunity for me.

And it has been. I've been having a great time here in Korea. Korean classes every day have been kind of a drag sometimes and the dorm kinda sucks, but aside from that it has been a wonderful experience.

It was slightly less wonderful after I found out the level 3 book is shorter than the rest. Come on QA guy, come on.

Just by reading this blog you can tell what's been up with my life since coming here. I'm pretty excited for what's coming up next. Will I be conversationally fluent in Korean in 8 months time? Will I pass TOPIK 3? If so, how will my masters be? Also, will I get a chance to travel more?

All this and more, in 2015.

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