1. What is your major/year? Where are you from?
I am Haley Grizzle. I am a sophomore majoring in global affairs with a concentration in communications in Asia. I am from Suffolk, Virginia, which is a few hours away from Fairfax.
2. Why did you choose Mason Korea?
I was part of the 2019/2020 Global Gateway Group, which is a freshman study abroad program. Mason Korea was the destination chosen for me. It aligned well with my major, fortunately. Since my concentration focuses on communications in Asia, it was a great opportunity for me to study in Asia. Being in Korea has given me a hands on opportunity to study and apply my communications lessons in the region I want to work in. Learning about Korean culture and applying it to what I am learning is way more beneficial in-country rather than in the United States.
3. How is Mason helping you achieve your future goals or dreams?
First and foremost, Mason allows me to study abroad. I am getting a global experience early in my college years. I also had the opportunity to study in the place I want to work after graduation.
4. How has your experience at Mason Korea been so far?
Mason Korea has been a dream since the very beginning. I have loved it here every day. It’s really cool that in my second semester here, I was able to be more hands on and work in the office of student affairs and be a part of lots of interviews and videos. Since joining the Peer Advisor Chingu program, I have participated in movie nights, trivia events, and a virtual Chuseok event. I have won prizes such as a Starbucks gift card and a Chuseok gift bag. In addition, when I arrived, I was part of a K-pop culture interview. I also did an interview for Incheon Global Campus (IGC) Foundation and spoke about the benefits of IGC and Mason Korea. This was important because it allowed me to tell others about my experience here.
My favorite experiences so far have been dressing up in Hanbok (traditional Korean attire) with all of my friends and visiting the Blue House. It was such a fun experience walking all around the palace and the rest of the city, and visiting cultural and historical sites. I also loved visiting Paradise City with all of my friends over the summer.
October 05, 2020