Jennifer Au, from Nebraska, is one of the first Husker students to study abroad after more than a year of travel restrictions and cancellations linked to the pandemic.
On July 1, the high school math major packed her bags and headed to Seoul, South Korea to take a Korean beginner’s course while exploring the historic city. After the required two-week quarantine is over, Au is very excited to be deliberately going beyond his comfort zone by immersing himself in a new culture and language. The opportunity to be immersed in Korean language and culture will allow Au to “use the skills and language I will learn by applying it to daily life in South Korea.”
She is also eager to explore some of her personal interests, including tennis, travel, astrology, Kpop, Kdramas, and electronic dance music, many of which have deep roots in Korean culture. Being physically in Korea, Au predicts, will provide him with a new understanding and appreciation of those aspects of Korean culture, removed from the American cultural prism.
In Nebraska, Au has been involved with several organizations that cultivate diversity within the Lincoln community.
“Culture plays a big role in my undergraduate years and prompted me to get involved in cultural organizations such as the Vietnamese Students Association, Asian Students Union, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority and the Council. multicultural Greek, ”Au said.
Au will document his travels on the College of Education and Human Sciences Office of Global Experiences social media accounts, @cehs_global on Twitter and Instagram. She plans to publish articles on the application process, travel, quarantine and several cultural experiences, including food, entertainment and public transportation. Anyone with questions about what it’s like to be in the first wave of students to study abroad again can ask during Questions and answers sessions that Au will organize on Instagram @cehs_global.
Au hopes that sharing his experience will encourage others to pursue study abroad programs, many of which will return starting this fall.
“I am honored to be invited to share my experiences abroad and I hope that my story will inspire others to also step out of their comfort zone to travel abroad and discover other cultures”, a- she declared.