How are you? I’m 17-year-old Jeonghun, who lives in South Korea. I was born and grew up where the most famous beach in South Korea. My family is made up of dad, mom, me, old brother, and younger sister, and we live together in an apartment, my dad is a oriental medicine doctor, my mom is a housewife, my brother is a high school student, my sister is a middle school student. My family is busy and I do not usually have much time to spend together, but on weekends and evenings, my family gathers together and watch TV together and talk together.
I go to high school, and I’m in second grade, and I like to play basketball as a hobby, and work out with my friends even if it’s not basketball. I eat almost all the food well, but especially like seafood. I also like Ramen kind of noodles, but if the host family has never eaten Ramen, I would like to taste it with host family once when I meet. My favorite course in school is science, and I do it better than any other subject. In addition, I like math and art as well, so I decided to take my career as an architect. Because architecture is a comprehensive body of science, mathematics, and art. I think I can demonstrate my abilities and work happily in the future.
Korea is a country that has a very strict education system that makes it very important for students to compete with each other. As I studied in Korea, I heard a lot about the education curriculum and culture of the United States and got curious. Also, I became more interested because Korea and the United States are very politically close. Then I thought that I wanted to study architecture by studying abroad in Germany for my career, and I felt that English skills should be improved in order to study in Germany. I have been trying to improve my English skills through school and private lesson. After studying English for the first time at the age of six, I studied English hard until I was 18 years old. However, I thought that it is difficult to increase the English conversation ability in Korea, which uses Korean rather than English, so I thought that I should stay in the United States where English is used as my native language and improve my English ability. So while I was looking for a way to go to America, I learned how to go to American high school while homestaying in an American family and I liked the way.
A few years ago, my brother lived in Australia and stayed with house family, he had lots of experience and told me the story which he got an good experience. I thought I wanted to try homestay in a foreign family once. And I’m very excited to be able to do homestay in the U.S.A I knew well at this opportunity, and I once traveled to the U.S.A for about a month when I was seven years old. At that time, I went on a family trip to the western part of the United States, I was very excited about the foreign countries and I wanted to come back again someday. I do not remember exactly it because I was too young at that time, but I was delighted to have a lot of feelings and it showed me the wide world. At the moment, I am very excited to be able to live with American in the United States for 1 year.
I do not know what the future will be like because I am still in Korea now, but I can be sure that I am willing to do my best in an environment completely different from the environment I have lived in. Of course, I am worried about being away from my family on the other side of the world, and even if it is a fearful feeling, I can spread my dream and I want to go to America as soon as I imagine me growing up through this experience. I will go to a strange place and live with people I have never seen before, but if they are welcomed, I will enjoy living with them. I hope the host family will also have a meaningful and good time.