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Korea 2012 Maymester

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Greetings.  It’s been about a week since my return home from South Korea, and the lasting impacts are obvious.  The highlights of my trip?  -Samsung Technologies -Posco Steel -Hyundai Shipbuilding Factory I was honestly surprised by Samsung’s innovative technologies, as well as their devoted focus on human capital.  These are two key components of a successful company today.  The dedication to research and development struck me as brilliant&mdash...Read More
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The last day in Ulsan we visited Posco, The Saemaeul Movement Museum, and the ocean! The story of how Posco was started and the trials and tribulations of its success was very interesting and educational. Although I enjoyed Posco, The Saemaeul Museum was my favorite of the day! The community and President Park initiated the movement in 1971 and rebuilt the communities! We actually got to meet one of the gentlemen that played a major role in the movement. The ocean was beautiful but our visit...Read More
Monday, May 28, 2012
How do you describe a life changing experience? I shall begin by taking you back to Dr. Latisha Settlage's class in January when Dr. Lee came into the class with brochures in his hand, a huge smile on his face, he began to describe the Maymester to Korea. I love to travel, so my traveling antennas went up immediately.  I could have used the money for the trip on many different things, but I will never regret making the decision to go.        ...Read More
Monday, May 28, 2012
How was Korea? This seems to be the main question from family and friends since I have returned. I can tell the stories and show the pictures but they don't do Korea justice.    The main reason I went on this trip is because I have had an interest in Economics since I took my first economics class. My interest is not only knowing how the U.S. operates, but the world as a whole. The advice of Courtney Sturgis helped me decide between staying and taking summer classes or the chance...Read More
Thursday, May 24, 2012
This Maymester to Korea was more than I could have ever imagined!  The main reason that I signed up for the class was to get the chance to travel and learn a little about economics.  I got that and so much more!   I loved learning about the Korean culture and their customs.  Now that I'm home, I even miss the food!  South Korea was a wonderful place to visit.  Most of Seoul is very westernized so it made for an easy adjustment.  Although they've taken on...Read More
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Our trip has come to an end and it was an amazing experience.  We ended our tour at the Korean Folk Village, which is filled with traditional knowledge and happened to be incredibly entertaining.  There were several performances that were held as well.  Some of us were able to dresss up in traditional Korean clothing; it definitley fulfilled my trip! (The guard at the entrance of Korean Folk Village) (Dr. Lee and I seated and waiting for the...Read More
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Our week in Ulsan was calm compared to Seoul.  Although there are still many pedestrians and cars occupying the roads, it is not as hectic.  Our activities were very time based here in Ulsan.  Monday, which is the first day we arrived in Ulsan, we were assigned rooms in Munsu Dormitory hosted by University of Ulsan.  Right after, we took a tour of the university and settled in a presentation, which was about the development...Read More
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The final days in Korea were just as exceptional. We made our way back to Seoul on Friday to finish out the trip. After the morning train ride from Ulsan, we enjoyed a Friday afternoon lecture with Dr. Tanner and Dr. Lee. We discussed some articles provided to us by Dr. Lee in regards to the history behind the economic achievement of S. Korea. The word "miracle" is used to describe the economic recovery S. Korea has made, but after learning about the mechanisms put into place I would...Read More
Monday, May 21, 2012
For the last week, I have learned about South Korea's Economic Miracle and how the citizens change their course of history.  Our class discussed that the Sam. movement of South Korea was a likely motivational incentive to move forward.  Our class had another great in-depth discussion about other key factors in their Economic movement.  I have enjoyed the focus of this course and the opportunity that my teachers have given me. We are all back in the United States, and everyone...Read More
Saturday, May 19, 2012
  We spent the majority of our last day at a traditional Korean folk village about an hour’s drive from Seoul.  There were several activities planned, with a tour to start off.  We were very fortunate today (as we have often been on this trip) because we were assigned a fantastic tour guide!  He had such an endearing personality and taught us very much, including a lesson in learning to read and pronounce the Korean characters and language.   Here he is,...Read More
Thursday, May 17, 2012
We took the train to Ulsan on Monday and we immediately noticed some differences between Ulsan and Seoul.  Ulsan is a much smaller city so there was less traffic and things seemed to move at a slower pace.  Seoul's economy focuses more on technology and tourism, whereas Ulsan is dominated by manufacturing and large industries.   When we arrived at Ulsan we were greeted by our guide from the Univeristy of Ulsan, Olivia, and taken to our dormitory.  After dropping off our...Read More
Thursday, May 17, 2012
It has been yet another adventurous few days in Korea. It is hard to believe this trip is drawing close to an end. We have spent the last few days in the wealthiest city in Korea, Ulsan, and this city has a lot to offer. We toured UOU and learned about the history of the college. The founder of Hyundai also founded the University of Ulsan. During our tour of campus we met another student that will be joining us a UAFS in the fall. We are excited to welcome Mia to our college in a few...Read More
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I'll call today fantastic, mostly because I don't think I've used this word to describe Korea yet!  We headed out at 8:30 for our drive to POSCO steel plant in Pohang, where they manufacture steel and iron, as well as rolling operations.  We had a beautiful one and a half hour drive by bus through more mountainous terrain, dotted with small crops by the dozens.  We saw lots of land, with usually one to two persons working on tractors or with manual tools.  The landscape...Read More
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
  We loaded our bus early this morning after breakfast and headed to KyongJu (or Gyeongju).  Between the 7 th and 9 th century, Gyeongju was the capital city of the ancient kingdom of Silla which ruled over a large portion of Korea.  We were able to view several of Korea’s National treasures here!  (My own personal treasure was that sunhat I found on the walk up for 5,000 won, or about $5!)          These...Read More
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I can not begin to express the beauty of this place! New things amaze me every day. Thursday of last week we visited Hanyang Elementary. The Vice principle and several sixth grade students gave us a tour of the school. It amazed me how well the students knew English. They told us that is was the best elementary school in the area and we shortly discovered why. They start teaching their students in the 3rd grade how to use Excel. They also learn how to use power point and photoshop by the 6 th...Read More
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The first that day we arrived in South Korea was very exciting for me even though the 13 hour airplane ride from Detroit was a drag and tiresome. While driving from the Incheon International Airport to our destination of Hanyang University, I was very intrigued by the city of Seoul. Every part of land on the premise of Seoul was used in the most efficient way possible for residents of this city with a 41 million population. We approached several thousands of buildings...Read More
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Today we visited Gyeongju which served as a capital of the country in ancient times.  The first stop was the temple at Bulguksa which was built in 751AD. The temple served as the center for Silla Buddhism at that time.  There were several statues of Buddha within the temple grounds.  We then went up the mountain to the Seokgurum Grotto built around the same time as the temple.  Here we saw a large Buddha statue carved from granite and preserved for all to see.  We...Read More
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Mind-bending; today at the Hyundai facilities we were exposed to some of the largest technology to scale, as well as some of the most advanced, in the world.  The morning began with a tour of Hyundai Automotive where we learned their success in gaining and maintaining market share has been through their focus on quality management.   Through highly skilled manpower and leading edge technology, with a prioritized focus on quality (including safety), Hyundai seems to be in the...Read More
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
At approximately 9:20, the group met up and we were on our way to Hyundai's Motor Company. I knew that Hyundai was a great known company but just seeing how amazingly big and seeing everything with my own two eyes were amazing! The production lines, the number of factory shops and all the finished car units parked ready to be exported left me in awe. Its quite unfortunate that we couldn't take photos but luckily, we got to take photos of some display cars. They were beautiful! These...Read More
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I am running out of adjectives to use to describe the beauty of what we are seeing here in Korea.  You can only use facinating, interesting, wonderful so often.  But this country is truly something to see and enjoy.  Today we went to Hyundai Motors and then Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) where we were able tour the ship building facility.  We saw ships being built to carry 13,000 cargo containers and tankers and other huge ships.  We saw the factory where the...Read More