I’m Monica Heilman and this blog will chronicle my adventures as a 2014-2016 Fulbright teacher in South Korea. During my first grant year (2014-15), I lived in Gimhae (김해), a suburban placement just outside of Busan (부산), teaching at a co-ed high school. For my second year (2015-16), I am placed in Busan itself, on an island to the south called Yeongdo (영도).
I am a Colorado native, and I graduated from the University of Denver in June 2014, with degrees in sociology and art. I’m hoping to work these two into my Fulbright experience, but I also have an abundance of plans, including dramatically improving my Korean, learning how to teach (as of now my future plans are to become a sociology professor), immersing myself in Korean culture and meeting extended family for the first time!
The title of my blog is my Korean name, 지혜 (Ji Hye). Although my mom is Korean, she only gave my sisters and I Korean names in 2014, at their request. So 지혜 (Ji Hye) is still foreign to me, and I’m not sure if I’ll even use it in Korea, but maybe I’ll grow into it.
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