By CHRISTIAN STANGER
MINDI Newell will have to spend the next few weeks brushing up on her Korean language if she is to survive the next four years.
The talented 2005 graduate of Wollumbin High School, who hasn't studied Korean since Year 10, won a highly contested fouryear Korean Language scholarship to a wellregarded Korean college in Seoul.
Mindi will head off next month to begin studying a course called International Studies, Language and Literature at Underwood International College at Yonsei University in Seoul, but luckily, all her classes will be in English.
Mindi was notified of her win by telephone before her HSC results even came out. Mindi said she was surprised she was even eligible for the scholarship.
"It's not something I thought I'd get. I just got a phone call one day last week asking if I'd accept it and once I talked it over with my parents I accepted it that night," Mindi said.
"I only studied Korean for four years, but I haven't spoken it since Grade 10, so I'm going to have to brush up on the language."
Mindi conceded she will stand out like a sore thumb in Korea.
"I think I'll probably standout over there with all the Koreans because I'm tall, blonde and Caucasian," Mindi said.
At the end of her studies, Mindi hopes she can get a job with the Korean Consulate as a translator and, as the consulate organised her scholarship, she might just get it.