For many college students spring break means exotic beaches and partying the night away, but for Alison Sullivan it signifies an opportunity to travel to South Korea to gain a valuable experience about the unique culture.
Sullivan, a former Clinton High School Clintonian reporter and the current metro editor at the University of Iowa’s Daily Iowan, will be spending a week in South Korea through a Council on International Educational Exchange scholarship program. She was one of 75 students across the nation selected to participate in the program. The sophomore political science and journalism major found out about the program from another editor at the paper who had gone on the same trip.
“I saw her pictures from the trip and it looked like it was a really great experience,” Sullivan said.
For-merly South Korea had not been on Sul-livan’s list of places to go, but she saw the trip as a unique opportunity to learn about the culture and further her journalism career.
“Korea is a major player in world news, so it will be great to learn more about their culture,” Sullivan said. “This could better my role in the journalism world.”
The group of students from across the nation will spend the week immersing themselves in Korean culture, trying Korean food, learning some of the language and taking in all the sites. Trying Korean food is one of the many things Sullivan is looking forward to about the adventure.
“I have been practicing using chopsticks to prepare for the Korean food,” Sullivan said.
Students in the program will also get to visit and learn about the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. The majority of the trip will be spent in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
With a busy schedule of classes and working for the Daily Iowan, Sullivan saw this trip as a great way to travel and experience another culture without getting behind. Being a typical college student, she knew this was a rare opportunity to be able to travel while paying next to nothing.
“This trip will give me a different perspective,” Sullivan said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know people from a different culture and making new friends the most. I’m sure it will be an unforgettable experience.”