Thanks to the patience of a friend acting as my tutor, I am now able to make sense of much of the Korean alphabet. Before today, it basically looked like a bunch of lines and circles, but now I see letters! For over two hours, we practiced reading, writing, and pronouncing the Hangul characters. I have a long way to go in terms of understanding the language, but this feels like a significant accomplishment.
The next challenge comes tomorrow when I begin semiweekly Korean lessons. I'm hopeful that my love of learning and being in school will carry me far in this new endeavor... stay tuned!