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UNL student plans to teach in South Korea

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By: Brittany Paris

North Korea's latest warning urges foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate to safe places, but one UNL student is ignoring that advice and has plans to teach in South Korea this August, despite the unstable North.

"What I find to be not unstable is South Korea," Samantha Marcoux, UNL student, said. "Their government has everything locked down. I have absolute faith in South Korea."

Marcoux visited South Korea in 2011, studying at an Ivy League school.

"I just kind of fell in love with the culture, the language, the people," she said.

She's now been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. 8,000 grants are awarded annually with about 1,600 going to U.S. students. Marcoux plans on spending another year in South Korea, teaching English to students.

But the country has raised emergency threat levels to Watch-Con 2, one step away from war. This comes after the North moved a missile to its east coast. Reports state it's fueled and ready to launch.

"Honestly, I don't want to just blow it off and say, 'oh nothing's going to happen,'" Marcoux said. "I do think you should be concerned and kind of watch it. But I don't want to give into fear." 

South Korea's minister said the North's missile test is highly likely, but experts say there aren't any obvious signs North Korea is preparing for war.

Despite the growing tensions, Marcoux calls South Korea her second home.

"I encourage people to go out and see the two countries' relationships and not to view it in fear, but interest," Marcoux said.

She hopes to permanently live in South Korea. The only way she would not be able to go this August is if the country gets put on the "Do Not Travel" list.


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