(Unexpectedly) Dream Comes True in Korea
Metta Handika, Mobile Application and Technology
GKS for ASEAN countries’ SCIence and ENgineering Students 2016 at Dankook University
South Korea (Summer 2016)
Having international experience and knowing people from different backgrounds had always been my dream since high school. Those were the reasons why I was very excited when I knew I was selected to join GKS for ASEAN countries’ SCIence and ENgineering Students 2016 at Dankook University, South Korea. Aside from myself, there are also 4 of my friends from BINUS selected for this program: Cecilia Arta, Jennie Gunawan, Laura Kurniawan, and Evelyn Kharisma. There were 24 students selected in total who came from Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, and Cambodia. We were very happy to attend the program, and even happier as it was fully-funded by the Korean Government (NIIED Ministry of Education) and Dankook University. Thank you so much!
Our first week started with an orientation about Dankook University, the program, Korean Language class, and also Seoul city trips in which we visited N Seoul Tower, Myeong Dong, National Museum of Korea, ETRI and so on. On the orientation, we found out that other Korean universities were also part of the program where they had their own project with different themes. For Dankook University, it was Mobile System Engineering. During the program, we must finish a research project, and was given the opportunity to join a movie clip contest.
|The Famous 32 cm soft ice cream
at Myeong Dong
|Dankook University International Hall|
Our second to fifth weeks were the busiest. We had classes every Monday to Thursday, 9 AM to 6 PM, consisting of 2 courses and 1 lab. The courses were Fundamental of Mobile Computing and Introduction to Mobile Technology and Trends. In the lab, we learned how to operate the Raspberry Pi and use it on our research project. It was such a new challenging experience for me as I had never dealt with hardwares before!
On the weekends, we usually had cultural activities such as Temple Stay, Mud Festival, DMZ Tour, Everland trip, etc. We also have some free time at Sundays, and we went to many places like Han River, Korean Palaces, Korean Folk Village and many more. I think we visited around 80% of the tourism places in Seoul! It was very fun!
|Me trying to do a natural pose at Han River||Dealing with Raspberry Pi…|
|Me and Cecilia trying on Hanbok – Korean Traditional Clothes||DMZ TOUR! (The grey building is North Korea’s)|
Our sixth (last) week was filled with the project completion. We spent a lot of days staying late at night so we could meet the deadline. It was tiring but those days were filled with moments that I miss so much. We also had a closing ceremony on the last day, in which they announced the best project and the winner of the movie clip contest. I was so happy because Laura’s team project was one of the 2 best projects and I got 2nd place for the movie clip contest! (You can watch the video here)
|My lovely team and mentor!||Presenting my team’s project|
Being able to join this program is one of the best things that ever happened in my life. I came home with new experiences, knowledge, and the most important thing – friends. I never knew that these 6 weeks can create such a strong bond between all the participants. I still remember the moment we all cried so hard at the airport, saying goodbye to each other, because we knew that it would be long until the day we would meet again. But I’m sure that day will come!
Dankook University at closing ceremony
Lastly, I would like to thank BINUS IO for helping me apply for this program, Dankook University and NIIED for holding such a great program, and also all of my friends – because each of you created a beautiful memory in my heart! 감사합니다! (Thank you!)
5 BINUS Girls Representing Indonesia!
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