From my experience in Korea over the past 3-4 years, I can say that Koreans always care about what others think about them and get stressed by it. I used to be the same, because I was born and raised in a society where girls are not allowed to go to university away from home, and do what they want to do. After watching a Korean drama in 2007, I was attracted to Koreans because of their cute eyes. Therefore, I decided to go to Korea. In order to go to Korea, I studied English, and learned Korean at one of the top universities in my country. Although most of my relatives said that girls should not go to school far from home, I left home and went to the capital city of Uzbekistan to study. When I was in my second grade, I got the chance to study in Korea as an exchange student. Despite the objections of my relatives, I came to Korea in 2013, and have enjoyed studying in Korea for one year. After returning back to Uzbekistan, I studied hard, and in 2015, I got a chance to study for a master’s degree at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) for 2 years, free of charge. My relatives and friends were telling me that it was time to get married instead of going to Korea. Again, however, I did not listen to them, and decided to come to Korea to study. While studying for my master’s degree, I won a scholarship from the Samsung Dream Scholarship Foundation. Last year, I met my partner in Korea. Now I have come across another challenge of persuading people who object to my relationship with a Korean man. In contrast, I never regret my choice, and I am happy with my life now. I would like to encourage Kingos to follow what their hearts desire and try not to care about what other people think.
Abdullaeva Nilufar firstname.lastname@example.org
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