As a rising sophomore, I can’t help but feel antsy as I count down the days leading up to the start of the fall semester. Like many other students, after spending freshman year on Zoom, I feel I haven’t gotten the full “college experience” yet, full of late-night in-person study sessions with friends, exploring museums or shops near campus, and most importantly: restaurant-hopping to find my new favorite places to eat. With the upcoming year showing promise for opportunities to explore my college town, my taste buds are already tingling with excitement.
Still, I know that the transition from staying at home to living on campus will inevitably bring some amount of homesickness. After all, I won’t be able to eat my mom’s best doenjang jjigae (fermented soybean paste stew), my grandma’s famous myulchi bokkeum (stir-fried anchovies), and all the other Korean dishes that have provided me with warmth and