When I was young, I used to dream of living alone independently. Now, I am proud to say that I have made my dream come true. Even though it is just for a while but this is what I had been dreaming of for a long time.
As a girl who grew up in a well-taken care family in a capital city, I had never experienced living alone. Some students left their hometown and live in a rented house in the city while pursuing their degree. I had always wanted to live a life like them. Actually, I want to experience in every kind of living whether it is comfortable, adventurous, or hard. As I always said, life is a journey, everything is a part of an adventure. I am sure not many people want to have a boring journey. Neither do I.
Being a KGSP recipient, besides gaining academic experiences, I have also gained numerous life experiences. Well… I keep saying this again and again. Sometimes, I feel like time is going too fast. It was just like yesterday but it has been a year already. Soon, I will graduate and life in Korea will come to an end. It is sad to even just to think about it.
Last year, I got a chance to experience living in a dormitory with a roommate from another country. I never experienced staying in a room with someone even with my relatives or siblings let alone with a stranger so it was a great and unforgettable experience. I learned a lot from that. Living with a completed stranger and share a space together is not really easy and it is not hard too if we know how to.
This year, however, I could choose to stay in a dormitory too but I did not. I chose to live outside. I am living in a small house which Korean called “One Room Apartment”. It is a small room which has everything in it. It is a whole new level of experience for me. Living independently means you are responsible for everything by yourself even little things that you have never thought of. For example, living in a dorm or with family, I did not have to care about water because there was a water dispenser. Now, I have to buy water by myself. I am also responsible for electricity, gas, and so on. If there is something wrong, I need to know what should I do and who should I contact. Last but not least, living alone in Korea does help me to practice my Korean language skill because I have to communicate with my landlord quite often. I am so glad to gain all these experiences.
I love the feeling of locking the door, walking down the stair, go to school and vice versa. I love how I can turn on the music and work without disturbing someone else in the room. I love the feeling of staying late at night and go to bed without worrying that someone is still working. I love standing on the balcony at night and look at the sky, I love watching a movie at night until 1 or 2 am then sleep until 11 am. Lol – To sum up, I love the feeling of being self-control and management.
However, it also has disadvantages as well. It is natural that everything has pros and cons. Its disadvantage is, first of all, the expense. Living alone does cost a lot especially in Seoul. I have to pay for the deposit, the rental fee, electricity, and gas. Another disadvantage is lack of communication. Unlike living in a dorm, living alone is hard to make friends or hang out with other people for the first time. When you live in a dorm, you have a roommate, neighboring friends, and other students whom you occasionally meet in the lobby, elevator, or washing room. It was a bit hard for me to make friends with new people when I live outside. I can only meet them in the class or at school. It is a bit lonely though. So before class started, I normally hung out with my Cambodian friends from other universities in Seoul. Now that the semester started, I hope to make more friends and spend more time together with them.