Little Pieces of Home

Happy Hump Day! We're entering the second half of the week, and that much closer to Fall Break. I know a lot of us have been under the weather, so keep drinking that orange juice, and take out those extra blankets, for fall weather is here! For those of you who still have that one last midterm or paper, push through! Keep calm and Mawrter on, huzzah!

I feel lucky to have Fall Break. A lot of my friends from other schools don't have one, and they are all super jealous whenever I talk about my 10 days off after midterms (who wouldn't want that?) But I think that Fall Break also has a different meaning for me compared to others - Being an international student who lives, literally, half way across the world, going home isn't an option. Instead, breaks are a perfect time to visit friends.

Friends in Philly during Spring Break 2012!

Seoul friends re-united in Philadelphia!

I don't know about you, but I went to an extremely tight-knit high school, with around 100 kids in my graduating class. Most of us are now either in the United States or Europe, and it's always great to see someone who knows what you're talking about whenever you mention something from Seoul, or high school. Simply put, it's nice to have something, or someone familiar around, to remind you of home. Especially when home is some 10,000 miles away! Since many of our families are still in Seoul, it's sort of has become a thing that we do, to visit each other whenever possible. Last year, I went to New York during Fall Break, and had a reunion of sorts with 5 or 6 friends, and we all celebrated my birthday in the Big Apple. After a month of school, it's natural to become a bit home-sick, and reconnecting with old friends is the perfect remedy. It's great to hear about how everyone is doing, and what's happening at other campuses. For international students like me, friends become little pieces of home - a way to stay connected without physically going back.

I know a lot of you will be going back home to see your families - something I'm extremely jealous of! But for those of you who might be staying at Mawr - there are a lot of things to do here as well! Consider this upcoming week as a chance to explore Philadelphia - museums! parks! restaurants! The organization, Campus Philly offers a great calendar that lists the events and happenings around the city, which you can check out here. The possibilities are simply endless. Don't want to stay in PA? Do you have friends in New York? New Jersey? Washington D.C.? Take a little trip! And you don't have to break the bank getting there. Megabus or the Boltbus are great for college students. There are nine days - just for you, waiting to be used for whatever you choose to do!

Until Next Time!

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