By David Swearingen
(July 29, 2016) – Stephenville HS grad and Tarleton State student, Sarah Schniers, sat down with Flash photojournalist, David Swearingen, to discuss her recent visit to Seoul in South Korea.
Schniers was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her parents were in the Navy. In 1999, she and her family moved to Stephenville and Schniers graduated from SHS in 2013. She is currently an English major at Tarleton State University and upon graduation, Schniers hopes to be an English teacher, possibly working somewhere overseas so she can ‘experience different cultures.’
Pursuing her passion to see other cultures, Schniers recently took a trip to Seoul with TSU professor, Dr. Marcy Tanter, and seven other TSU students. In an interesting twist, one of the students on the trip is from South Korea.
It was a 13-hour flight.
The group left the United States in late June and returned a few days ago. Schniers said the climate in South Korea was very humid due to it being the rainy season there. She said you had to use an umbrella due to the acid rain in the area.
Although the group from Stephenville was only about one and one half hours away from the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), Schniers said she felt safe.
The group studied at Dongguk University. Schniers said she mainly studied literature and poetry while at Dongguk. She said most of the younger generation in South Korea can speak English, which made her trip quite a bit easier.
Schniers said one of her favorite things to eat while there was a traditional fermented Korean side dish called Kimchi. It is made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. She also enjoyed eating an extremely large omelette which was so large it had to be shared with a friend or two.
Besides taking in some of the area sights and the culture, her favorite event of the trip was when she and some of the others on the trip attended the 2016 Mud Festival. At the event, participants splash and play around in the mud and mud slides. The mud is considered to be rich in minerals and used to manufacture cosmetics.
Schniers said she and the rest of her group enjoyed their trip and learned quite a bit about a culture so different from ours here in the United States.