Hello! I was asked to write a letter of self introduction for KGSP Scholarship Program. I want to go in South Korea and study there for the next 2 years of my life.
Studying Japanese - Interest in Korean Language
My name is Vania, I'm a 23 years old girl from Italy. I was born and raised in a city outside Milan, Cinisello Balsamo. I always loved reading, there are pictures of me as a toddler playing among tons of newspapers. The thing that always got hooked me up were the plots, I remember not wanting to go to bed because I needed to finish a certain book. Through the years, all of this brought me to adore tv shows and my heart got captured by korean dramas.
While I was nurturing this passion of mine, I also tried to fulfill my desire to learn new languages and cultures, which led me to choose a linguistic high school, where I studied for 5 years English, German and Spanish. I believe that reading and watching tv shows it's what made me want to learn more about these cultures and their languages.
So when I had to choose a major from my bachelor's degree, I decided to focus on the communication systems and the relationships between different cultures. This course involved the study of a foreign language where the choices are Japanese, Chinese and Arab. My choice was Japanese.
Although I loved studying this Asian language, I would have preferred to study, given the chance, the Korean language. This led me to the choice I made for my final essay. I wrote a paper about the Korean writing system, that talks about the birth and development of Hangeul and Korean-Native words as well as the use of Hanja and Sino-Korean words. This made me fall in love even more with the Korean language.
During fall 2014 I also spent a month in Seoul, where I had the chance to sightseeing the city and also to meet and talk with people from there. I also spent a couple of days in Busan. This visit changed my view of life, I suddenly realized that that was the place where I would like to live for at least a couple of years of my life, if not for the rest of it.
I graduated last year, in March 2015, but I decided to take a year off to really think about what I wanted to do with my life. My goal was to realize if what I felt during my trip in South Korea was just the emotion of a moment or if that was what I really wanted to do.
So I looked for a job and I started working in a fast food restaurant. This job taught me a lot of things of myself, I realized that I'm hardworking and patience. Before I didn't even believe how much patience this type of jobs requires. I'm also focused and rational. Usually my friends and family make fun of me because I always put my mind before my heart. However I believe that thinking through something is better than just following your dreams. That's the reason why I didn't ask for this scholarship last year, because I wanted to be sure that this is what I wanted to study.
As I said before, I enjoy watching dramas but I'm also interested in the Korean culture and the way it's perceived by the international viewers as well as the domestic. I also want to learn more about the planning and production of Korean tv programs and shows. I think that the Korean Entertainment Industry is unique so my goal is to learn more about it and also acquire new tools to see how it reflects on the everyday life of the viewers.
My dream would be to be able, someday, to help in the planning and production of a drama or a tv program.
With all this in mind I decided to try and enroll in the Culture Studies department, hoping to study and deepen my knowledge on this subject.
Hey there Vania. I think you have a really great start, and I can see your passion and excitement for this program. Just some notes and ideas before I go in to edit, though. I think it might be more beneficial for you to talk about what other experiences you've had that led you to this field. Right now you talk about your school and working a fast food job; have you had any other experiences, internships, jobs, etc.. that might have helped you on your path? What kinds of things did you leanr at your fast food job? Even if it was thing like patience, or dealing with people, those are still positiv things even if they're nto directly related. I think it might also be helpful to talk more about your goals. You say you want to learn about Korean culture and tv shows. What do you plan to do with that knowledge? What kinds of changes would you like to make in the way Korea is perceived? How are you going to use this education to make a difference?
I think your letter reflect a simple personal, I really like the way you used in describing your backgrounds and life. but I believe that you have to elaborate your letter in more professional way. Especially, in your last paragraph which discuss your motivation to study in South Korea.
Wish you Best of luck.