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    Posted April 8, 2013 by
    idgon09
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    Seoul, South Korea
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    North Korea crisis: Your views

    Studying abroad in South Korea

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     "It's a mix in the thoughts of my classmates; like me, many are feeling the worry of their families back home more than actual worry," says idgon09. A student at the University of Houston, she's studying business and Asian history in South Korea.
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    I have been studying abroad at Yonsei University in South Korea for about 10 months now, and I’ve never felt less than safe in Korea. Now, though with tension between the North and South growing daily life in Seoul feels the same, but I get daily reports from my mom on how the North is making threats. Actually, in South Korea life is going on as if nothing is happening, but from the updates from my mom the worry creeps in. I have friends on the American Army base in Yongsan though, and they tell me the tension is felt there. My mother asked me to pack a bag and be ready at a moment’s notice to leave if anything happens and I thought this is an overreaction, but after speaking with my friend in Yongsan he said I should listen to her warning and pack a bag because if something should happen the warning for Americans to leave as soon as possible will come and it’s best to be prepared. I have had a wonderful time in Seoul and don’t want to go back, but amidst the growing tensions I feel that my trip could be cut mid-semester even and I’ll have to leave in a moment. Also, this semester I am in a global journalism class where we followed the timeline of threats from North Korea in the past, but the tone of threats is different this time around. What I am most worried about is Kim Jong-un has raised tensions between the North, South and USA so high that any small attack will not go overlooked as they were in the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in 2010, and that a small attack by Kim Jong-un is inevitable because he has fired up his army to an extent that they may lose faith in him if he does nothing. I just hope my wonderful journey in South Korea thus far doesn’t end in disaster.

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