This semester, I’m enrolled in a class called Principles and Practices of Global Innovation. It’s an iPodia class, so we have classmates from several schools in the world, one of which is the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST). It’s super cool! We are all taught by the same professors even though we are all over the world!

Our class is going to be traveling to South Korea at the end of the semester to meet with the students from the other universities. I’ve never been there, so I am really excited to go! These last two weeks, the KAIST students visited us at USC!

I’ve spent a lot of time the last few days getting to know some of the other students in my class- both from USC and from KAIST. We are also collaborating with Chinese students from Peking University students on our online class website.

I had a blast hanging out with the KAIST students. Unfortunately, they had to go back to South Korea a few days ago. But we had a blast while they were here! The USC students were paired up with the KAIST students so that each KAIST student would have one or two “hosts”. I was assigned to Dongho, who I get along with really well! Here are a few pictures of us from the last week:

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Right after meeting Dongho at an icebreaker event!

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I took Dongho, Tina, and Jisoo to the Yard House at L.A. Live. We had a blast!

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Introducing Dongho and Jisoo to their first Freebirds burritos!

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A group of USC and KAIST students watching the sunset from Palos Verdes! Our professor invited us to his house there! It was awesome! I’m on the left.

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On our last night hanging out before they had to fly back! Sad to say goodbye, but can’t wait to see them in a couple months!

The KAIST students also went to Disneyland, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, take a hike to the Hollywood sign, and attend speaker seminars from various USC faculty members. They had a blast! I wish I could have done everything with them, but I had class during many of their activities. I still had fun whenever I got to hang out with them!

I love all my new KAIST friends and I’m so excited to see them again when I go to KAIST in May!