Washington Semester students at the World Bank GroupHyseung Jin
Global Economics & Business

February 13, 2019 | The sun is out and the temperature has risen to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. As an international student, getting used to so-called American culture and systems is not easy when you first arrive here. For example, adjusting to the American metric system and using Fahrenheit instead of Celsius. However, after spending a few months in DC, I can now comfortably convert Celsius into Fahrenheit.

Hello, everyone! My name is Hyeseung and I’m from South Korea. I’m a new WSP ambassador student who will be writing several more blog posts over the course of the semester. My major is Economics and my concentration this semester is Global Economics and Business. I’m taking seminars in Economic Policy and Global Entrepreneurship and Business. I am also interested in Hispanic and Spanish Studies and have studied abroad in Spain.

My first experiences in DC began last Fall. Prior to the start of the Spring semester, I studied in American University’s Abroad at AU program. This was one of the hardest periods in my life. The classroom culture was totally different from my experiences in Korea, so I had to try very hard to get out of my comfort zone. In addition, there were an innumerable amount of assignments.

After a stressful semester, I traveled to Spain and Scotland during the winter vacation to see family and reset. I remember when I was waiting for my flight to DC for the first time last summer, the security process was way more intense than what I expected and I was afraid, surrounded by a bunch of American people. I had never experienced this before in my life. However, when I returned to DC after my winter break, the experience was very different. I was more relaxed, spoke with people in the airport and could not wait to go back to my room and catch up with my roommate. I felt like I was going back to my home and I imagined how I would feel after spending another 4 months in DC, participating in the Washington Semester Program.

DC is not like New York; this is the city that sleeps. However, once you get used to it, it can become an amazing home for you. One might think that it would be boring to live here, however, living in DC is such a privilege. Although the recent government shutdown limited a few activities at the beginning of the semester, there were still tons of exciting things to do. This precious city is full of adventures and places to visit.

United States Botanical Gardens in Washington, DCOne of those places is the United States Botanic Garden. The U.S. Botanic garden has 10 rooms full of foreign and domestic plants. I enjoy nature and places like this allow me to keep close to it while living in a city. I’ve also visited a walking trail in Cathedral Heights with my best friend who’s studying abroad at AU from Japan. The trail was full of snow and my friend and I spotted some deer. This experience was precious and I look forward to going back when it the weather gets warmer.

As classes have started, I have had a chance to visit the World Bank with my classmates. I love how my WSP classmates actively participate in the class, are open to learning more about each other and show enthusiasm in the topics we study. I cannot wait to learn from my classmates, share my opinions and communicate with them this semester.

My posting has just begun, so this is not the end. Keep following my blog to learn more about what goes on in this wonderful city with its wonderful people.