Ayuanna Alexander

South Korea

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
School: Leon
Sponsor District : District 6940
Sponsor Club: , Florida
Host District: 3680
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Seocheon


My Bio


Hello, I am a sophomore in high school. I will be a part of the 2017-2018 trip to Korea. For a long time I have been interested in Korean culture especially their music. I love generally all types music, especially Korean Pop. Because of that I am in Concert band and Marching band. The time I spend outside of band is usually catching up on my eating and sleep because my sleeping pattern which is extremely flipped. Many of my friends are in band, and the same grade as me. These are usually the people I hang out with after school. Almost all of my friends are in music related things, whether its guitar, orchestra, or chorus. When I go out its is usually to eat. Most of my friends say that I am a very talkative person who isn't afraid to speak her mind. I love any kind of food, but my favorite is pizza. I think the food I'm most ready to eat is probably Kimchi. Even though I am on my phone a lot, I think I get good grades. I hope my time in Korea will be a great learning experience, and that I will always have fun.

A picture of me with my host moms family

A picture of me with my host moms family

A picture of Seocheons mud beach

A picture of Seocheons mud beach

A picture of my host mom and brother

A picture of my host mom and brother

This is my closest friend Jisu.

This is my closest friend Jisu.

This is my second closest friend Myeongwon.

This is my second closest friend Myeongwon.

This is what my school looks like. It’s on top of a very big hill.

This is what my school looks like. It’s on top of a very big hill.

This is my classroom

This is my classroom

This is me in traditional Korean clothes for Chuseok.

This is me in traditional Korean clothes for Chuseok.

  • Ayuanna, Outbound to Korea

    Click HERE to read more about Ayuanna and all her blogs

    It’s been almost 2 months since since I got here, and I have to say that I thought Exchange would be different than how it’s going. There’s been a lot of good times, but they’re has also been a lot of bad times.

    I do have a lot of friends here in Korea because we don’t switch classes like in America. I’m learning a lot of Korean very fast. I even know colors now in Korean, and now I’m starting to memorize animals. My friends help me a lot with learning different things, and I have a really cool homeroom teacher who helps me translate things I don’t understand. There are times when I don’t get Korean etiquette right, and they will kind of get mad at me, but overall though forgive me if I explain that I didn’t know what I did wrong. I also joined a school club that does everything and anything. I don’t really know what the club is called, but so far we went to Seoul, which is the capital of Korea, and we asked foreigners questions about Korea. We also went to an elementary school in our town and taught kindergarten students English songs so I think it is an English club! 

    I try to interact with as many people as I can but the language barrier really stops me a lot. I get along with my host family very well and tomorrow we are even going to my grandmothers house for the upcoming holiday called to Chuseok in Korea.

  • Ayuanna, Outbound to South Korea

    Click HERE to read more about Ayuanna and all her blogs

    So far my exchange has been really good even though I have only been here for one week. I get along very well with my host family especially my host brother who speaks the most English out of all of them even though he is only 13. Recently my host mom's family came down from Seoul and they knew English really well, so we went to Gonsan ,a city that most people go to to have fun, and went to a festival and bowling, so that was very exciting for me. Monday was my first day of school and everyone really surprised me with how nice they were!! They all wanted to shake my hand and asked me questions but they were too afraid to speak English because they thought it wasn't good. I even met two other exchange student one who went to Thailand and another who went to Florida but they were in the Jacksonville area. I could not really do anything in class because I did not understand Korean so in the future I hope to get better at Korean. I have Korean lessons on Tuesdays and on Wednesday afternoons I think that will really help in progressing my Korean. There is a lot of stuff that I need to get in order to further myself into the schools normality. Like in school they use slippers instead of regular shoes, so I need to buy those. Also after eating lunch they brush their teeth so I will need to remember to bring a toothbrush and toothpaste with me. I also need a book bag because I did not bring mine with me because it was too big. Emotionally I feel like I am at home in Seocheon I really like the tranquility of the town even though I've only been here for a week. As I was walking through the town it was very quiet and people were very polite. I feel like I will make great friends in Seocheon because they try so hard to help me in class and include me in everything they do. They even told me I could join their lunch group and that made me very happy. I hope everyone even my host family will be understanding and help me learn Korean!

RSS Feed