This year, like almost every year, I decided to spend my summer vacation at a faraway destination. Except this time, I wouldn’t just be a tourist: I would be representing the United States of America at the 13th annual International Student Science Fair (ISSF) in Busan, South Korea, a bustling port city with a rich and vibrant culture.
In the third week of June, I packed my suitcase and research poster, and drove down to the airport. There, I met my traveling companions: two fellow rising seniors and four IMSA staff members. After 14 hours on a plane, we would finally arrive at our destination: Busan. Upon arrival, we were greeted by students from the host school of ISSF 2017, the Korean Science Academy (KSA), a science magnet school affiliated with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). We were herded onto a bus and made the short drive to KSA. When we arrived, my eyes probably widened, as the school was a sight to behold. Built in a region with geography that greatly differs from my native plains, the school is comfortably nestled between large hills. The facilities are modern and stylistically complement the school’s innovative nature.
Hong, Darius '18, "My Experience at the 13th Annual ISSF" (2018). ISSF 2018 Documents. 12.