Hello Everyone. Today I would like to share a part of my experience as a Master Course student in Biomedical Engineering. How it happened? What is like to do a Master Degree program abroad? What is like to be far away from family, friends and face many hours of work and studies?
Well, I have to say that I´m quite sure that is difficult enough. Before I start, I need to give the context.
In 2015 I graduated in Aeronautical Engineering and worked in an undergraduate research about Radar Absorbing Structures (RAS) using carbon and glass fiber and thin films with metal deposition by plasma assisted process in vacuum chamber. I did this for two and a half year until I graduate.
At the same time I was Teacher of a technician course of Computer Graphics (during 4 years) and for 1 year after graduation worked as University Professor of design.
Because of my work in the Materials Laboratory with RAS at UNITAU I was invited to be part of a project of a Smart Medical Ship (SMS) that is being developed by Yonsei University (Wonju – South Korea) and Taubaté University (Taubaté – SP – BR). This SMS will operate in the city of Manacapuru – AM – Brazil and it will be used to improve the health care of the riverside population, what is already an amazing motivation to enter the program and do something good for my country.
So then, I started to prepare myself, all the documents, prepare for the TOEFL Test, which is necessary to enter Yonsei University Master Course program, rent my house in Brazil, I just got engaged with my wife and I had to leave without her and my family, and it was a very difficult part, so I had to be emotionally prepared.
So, what is like to study abroad in a completely different culture at the opposite side of the planet and entering in a new area?
I came to Korea on March 15th of 2017 to start this journey, and the first step was the Korean Language Course.
It was a really complex language course because after came here I never saw even the Korean alphabet in my whole life, so it was whole different new world for me. I did 4 month of course, from Monday to Friday, during five hours a day, and the course really flies, the rhythm is very fast. I had many tests and exams and I had do adapt to this new life. The course time was from 9 am to 1h50 pm and after this I usually had lunch and go to Bio Signal Process Laboratory where I work at the Medical Industry Techno Tower, inside Yonsei University.
The default workload of the Lab is from 9h30 am to 11pm from Monday to Friday and 9h30 am to 6 pm on Saturdays, so it is hard work but I will talk about this later.
The Korean course was pretty difficult since I did not had any contact with this language before, but with many studies, today it is possible for me to handle a basic Korean.
I used to take many notes on my handbook to get trained to write in Korean, and I did many writing exercises on a homework book, which was crucial to develop my Korean skills.
Take a look at some pictures of my studies:
The main purpose of this course for me was to get more involved in the language and Korean culture to be easier to adapt to the new life. Most of the students of my classes was Chinese and most people here in Korea does not speak English which make it even more challenging.
To prevent this post to be too long and boring to read, I will divide in sections and continue in another post. Thanks for visiting my website and see you in the next post.