So there was definitely a lot more that happened today!
Most of the day was presentations about topics like being a citizen ambassador, being safe in Korea, being an active language learner, being a good host student, etc. While I was slightly tired by the end of it all, I didn’t hate listening to people speak about the program for hours. If anything, it just reaffirmed my passion and reason for wanting to join NSLI-Y in the first place.
I got to have several more conversations with others on my program today, and everyone’s so intriguing. We all have our own unique backgrounds and connections to the Korean language and culture. The group’s incredibly diverse, and I just found myself in so many interesting conversations. It’s a nice feeling to be able to nerd out about language and not only have your enthusiasm accepted but reciprocated.
In other news, I got my OPI score back today! I was placed at Intermediate Mid on a scale that looks like this:
I was pleasantly surprised by my score; I’d been hoping for Intermediate Low at best. The goal for a student at Intermediate Low is to advance to Intermediate High, but I can’t help but wondering if there’s a possibility I could end up at Advanced Low. Definitely not going to bet on that happening for fear of disappointment…but I’m still going to try as if that were my real goal.
I’m so incredibly hyped for language classes because I’ve never studied Korean in a classroom setting. It’ll be really nice to get immediate, personalized feedback from native speakers. HiNative is incredible, don’t get me wrong, but it’s gratifying to speak with people off of the internet.
And with that, pre-departure orientation has come to an end. It was an exciting two days, and we will be flying out to Korea tomorrow!