A 2010 SM East graduate is one of just four University of Kansas students to receive a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship for the 2014-1015 school year.
The award will allow Sam Buchanan of Fairway to return to South Korea, where he lived and studied for the first semester of his junior year. Buchanan is an electrical engineering major, but says he has a deep interest in Korean language and culture.
“I’d like to try to get a job in Korea after my fellowship ends,” he said. “Finding out I got this was just really exciting.”
The fellowship will provide up to $15,000 for Buchanan to study at a university in Seoul, where he’ll focus heavily on Korean language and culture. Having a background in Korean will be helpful, he said, but he’s excited to be able to immerse himself in the language yet again.
“I studied pretty intensely for two months before I went abroad, but it’s kind of a sink or swim situation where you actually get there,” he said. “I got pretty good while I live there, but it’s difficult to improve outside Korea.”