Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Korean Language Study Abroad
Kia Ora. I’m Zanoor, and I am studying a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Korean studies and Film studies.
I have been involved in the performing arts for as long as I can remember, and in the future, I want to work as a performance/creative director. I have had the opportunity to work a bit in the NZ industry already, but I hope to work overseas for a while to learn skills from a bigger industry that I can bring back. I became interested in Korea because of its creative industries, but it was after learning more about its culture and history that I decided to take Korean studies.
I applied for this scholarship because I know that if I want to work in Korea, it will be important to improve my language skills and experience the social culture in Korea. I am most excited about experiencing everyday life in Korea and hopefully making some new friends.
When I arrived in Korea I didn’t really have any expectations in regard to making friends. Obviously, I wanted to make friends but I also know that is easier said than done. I am someone who values quality over quantity in friendships and would rather invest time in one person instead of in shallow friendships…
I’m writing this having just spent a week in isolation after catching Covid. Obviously, this was not ideal, but I have to admit that having an excuse to rest for a week was quite nice. Before coming to Korea, I spent a lot of time by myself, and although I love keeping busy, it can…
The first two weeks in Korea have felt like a blur. Since we arrived, every day has been filled with exploring new places and never going to the same cafe twice. We had one free week before classes started where we had no plans, so we made the most of the fast and efficient public…