In Korea, the saying is “Teachers are as high as God“. And then, I kept talking about Topik being on Saturday even though it is on Sunday! Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. I could have eaten that forever for sure. ( Log Out /  I’m having a lot of mixed emotions about leaving. Posted on April 3, 2016 by Katie McMahan. “There is the surprise factor – things you never know are coming,” McGuirk said. After class, I wasn’t in the mood to go home. We were supposed to start it last week but the teacher was absent the whole week because of the flu, so we were starting it late. Koreans are almost always eighteen years of age at the time of graduation (though by the bizarre system used to calculate age, they tend to think that they are almost twenty at the time high school ends). We also read a blurb of an article predicting that there would be humans marrying robots in the near future and our teacher goes “Probably from Japan! The other students were put into random groups and then allowed to pick their topics from a list (a list that she created from topics that we included in our survey about music from the first day of class back in March) based on the number of their group (also chosen randomly). I only do this on Fridays, and get to sleep late the next day. We all started erupting in laughter as I kept questioning “Why can’t you just open the door of the fridge?”. And less fitting… a BMI scale? That said, let’s have a look at the typical day in the the life of a fictional Korean middle school student. Scotty Darin. Hell. He pointed out that I had no one sitting next to me on one side, so he could just plop his stuff down on that desk. my youtube channel is the 89th most viewed Korean channel of the week!!!!! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Other students will stop at a corner store (CU or GS25) to get maybe a bread, kimbap, or some other snack food. : Transfer to second bus, 7:30 a.m.: Arrive at bus stop near school, 7:45 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.: Study at local cafe until my friends meet me there, 8:30 a.m.: Sit down at my desk and prepare for the day, 8:45 a.m.: Homeroom teacher comes in to greet and update the class, 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.: Four class periods (I study Korean during classes); 20 minute breaks in between, 12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.: Lunch (Last year, I was a 1st year, so we got cut by the 2nd and 3rd years. I finally got to sleep at 11 or 12pm, if lucky. My School Day, by Park Hyeun Jung. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Nonetheless, the strawberries were delicious with the Nutella. (But only for a short period at a coin 노래방, I wanted to be home for dinner.). In fact, I was in the complete opposite mood. You think about your future. For three years, they repeat these seemingly boring days. Students have to be at school b… Korean High School. On November 10th, 2011, thousands of high school seniors will take a nine hour test that for many, will determine their economic and social status for the rest of their lives. During the summer of 2016, Michelle joined us for the Secondary School Program to study philosophy and screenwriting. Our teacher asked us if our host family’s fridges are organized and we all looked at each before simultaneously saying no. 5. His friend was laughing along but you could tell he felt really awkward and uncomfortable. )". The past seven months have been like riding a roller coaster nonstop (which I know is the most cliche analogy). You think about your past. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It was also quieter and easier to talk because there were less students. She showed me the pictures and wow did they look delicious! May 11, 2020 April 28, 2020. It was pretty funny. Check phone for bus schedule (my bus comes between every 30-50 minutes and I live an hour and twenty minutes away from school, so I have to be careful about missing it). Her day is typical of that of the majority of South Korean teenagers. At first, I thought this was extra but then I realized how handy it could be… until I read the description for it in the excerpt. Instead, they are dressed in t-shirts and shorts or jeans. Monday to Saturday, I wake up around 6:30 to 7:00. I yaja’d (야자를 했다.). Playing next. She asked me what I wanted to eat and gave me three options that included 물냉면 so of course I went for that—one of my all time favorites. I'm back at Jungwon University, also known as the "marble palace," a moniker myself and my fellow ETAs dubbed this ostentatious stone monument to education. The final screen is 끝 which means finish. Today I found out what happens afterwards-, 6:40 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.: Dinner (some students choose to go home instead of eating at school. After studying for roughly sixteen hours each day, their futures boil down to one last exam. I wanted to say hi but I worried that he might be busy so I just sat down. My Life as a Korean High School Student Greetings from Goesan, South Korea! Here’s a few examples of the harsh reality behind high school life in South Korea: 1. Just like in real life, high school life can be grouped into two: the fun side and working/studying side with a grey area in between, for activities such as hobbies and interests. When I talk about how nervous I am about going home, I get many, “Don’t get ahead of yourself. Report. Suicide is the leading cause of death among teens. At least, that was what it was like in my high school. While chatting with Katie in the morning, I kept telling her that I was dreading going to 국어 and that Wednesdays were always so long… when it was in fact Tuesday. S. Korean military on high alert as N. Korea marks party anniversary. Teachers are respected in Korea. You’re posts are so fun to read with the gifs included they make me laugh and so relatable, ahah but 대원외고 야자 goes until 10:30 and first class is at 8:10… i don’t know how they do it day in and day out. I feel honored to have so many amazing people in my life. You think about your present. But how does my regular NSLI-Y schedule look anyway? We learned two new grammar points but besides that, we talked a lot about new-age technology and the advancements that humans have made. Welcome to everyone, including native Koreans … A day in the life of a Korean High School Student. “SPECS” get you further along in life than your GPA can? Exploring Korean High School Campus Grounds & Man-Made Waterfall (04/17/19) NSLI-Y Korea AY, 제주도 수학여행 (Jejudo School Trip) Day 2-Part 2: 이중섭미술관, 삼겹살 맛집과 카페에서 밤 이야기 (05/02/20) NSLI-Y Korea AY, 제주도 수학여행 (School Trip to Jeju Island) Day 2: 승마체험, 성산일출봉과 흑돼지 먹기 (05/02/20) NSLIY Korea AY, 제주도 수학여행 (School Trip to Jeju Island) Day 1: 함덕해수욕장과 천지연폭포 (05/01/19) NSLI-Y Korea AY, Outside Class (야외수업), Travel Maker Brunch in Hongdae, and Korean Monthly Exam (04/30/19) NSLI-Y Korea AY, Kakao Friends Cafe and Japanese Dinner with my Host Sister (04/29/19) NSLI-Y Korea AY, Global Youth Service Day: Making Korean Masks at Youth Center & Eating REAL Pie (04/27-04/28/19) NSLI-Y Korea AY. I would like to note that I stayed at school for (more than) 13 HOURS. Of course, stopped by to get 녹차호떡 on our way to Korean class. That’s a very fun country…” and then she goes on to bring up the anime girlfriend pillows. Most students get to school on their own by walking, bike, or the city bus. During 한국사, our teacher lectured the whole time but that did not stop me from just doing my own Korean work in class. ( Log Out /  It is very different from what I was familiar with in the U.S. 1. Flowers left on a fellow classmate’s desk after she jumped to her death at the young age of 16. I just want to thank everyone who helped me get here and who helped me stay sane along the bumpy ride. 윤아 tried defending the idea saying that you could see what was inside (or how much you had) without opening the door and though I find that somewhat valid, that’s not what the article said. 6:05 a.m.: Get dressed in my school uniform (and I wear thick leggings because it’s cold and my school uniform doesn’t come with a pants option). School days are the beautiful days’ anyone would cherish with a desire for more in the later years. I left home at 6:30, studied for a bit, arrived at school at 8:30 a.m. left at 9:30 p.m., and got home a little before 11 p.m.  Oh, what a night. They also need a fancy fridge with a screen? Katie and I had another mentorship class before lunch so we just did some self-studying in the special room on the third floor—it’s for meetings I believe? February 11, 2013 8871 Views. ( Log Out /  I don’t know how everyone stays awake during the day when their day always lasts this long. Yaja is basically after school self study. You think during East Asia class too because even though you’re interested, most of the time  you just pick up on small words to capture the big idea (–I definitely don’t have the vocabulary of that level). She rises at 6.30am, is at school by 8am, finishes at 4pm, (or 5pm if she has a club), then pops back home to eat. From what I've gathered from my older students at my English academy (hagwon) and my academy's director's son, high school students sleep 6 hours a day, if they are lucky and work, study, work, and study all day long. In music class, our teacher explained to us this project that we will be doing. Of course, “School” is basically me studying Korean. 0 shares. Don’t waste it by worrying about how little there is left. I don’t want to spend them taking for granted what I’ve been given. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 04/16/19 Tuesday . The thing you do most often as an exchange student is think. “I would cry,” said Tori Rusko, GRHS student (’15). You think when your economics class because your teacher is talking so fast that if you even try to understand anything but the verbs at the ends of her. I made you a chart: So it’s really not that bad! I suppose that now I’m living a life just like that of average Japanese high school students. 11. Superficially, this is life for most high school students in South Korea. I live an hour away, so I ate at school with my deskmate and her friends. Like the other day, she gave us chords to work with for our song because she thought that we might have been having trouble. (Translation of the banner: “The 5th Spring, We Will Not Forget”). 155k members in the korea community. My day lasted for over 4 hours. 3. The opening screen reads: 고등학생의하루 Which just means High School student's day. So when she began looking at summer programs as a high school student, she was eager to consider a return to Cambridge. ( Log Out /  It was a nice gesture, though. Change ). It was really sweet to see them thinking about me! Here's the video: p.s. Today we just went for it and honestly, it was not bad at all. We sang a whole slew of oldies that included Miley Cyrus’ The Climb, Demi Lovato’s Heart Attack, Taylor Swift’s Our Song and of course we sang Let it Go—the crowd favorite. _______________________________________________________________. This video is awesome. Just wrap your mind around that. So June took Kaitlyn and I to her favorite place and we spent about half an hour there. Smile because it happened. Thanks for watching! Typical Day as a High School Student in Korean. sentences you run the risk of your head exploding. Eat a quick breakfast of rice and seaweed soup, put on my uniform, and walk to school. The trees here are different. Today was also the 5th year anniversary of the 세월호 침몰 사고 (Sewol Ferry Incident) in which a ferry carrying mostly high school students on their school trips sank–killing many. Keeping friendships when you’re on opposite sides of the planet is no easy task, but I am happy to say that I really had you guys with me while I’ve been here. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. They had a cooking class at the 학원 today and the students got to eat fruit crepes. Below, Michelle, an aspiring novelist, takes us on a journey through a day … For example, a student in the first year of middle school would be referred to as "First grade in Middle School (중학교 1학년. I attend classes for 6 periods. Change ). Don’t be sad that it’s over. Browse more videos. Welcome to everyone, including native Koreans … The thing you do most often as an exchange student is think. It goes without saying therefore that high school life is the most formative period of a person’s life. ( Log Out /  I realized that I hadn’t give any hint as to what my daily schedule was, but what I did today would be the best representative of what my friends at school go through on a daily basis. 1:47. No wonder Korean students’ test scores (when compared to those of students from other countries) are so highly ranked. For lunch, we decided to actually just eat at 하나고 early for once. (Unnecessarily long and unedited post ahead). A subreddit for news, culture, and life on the Korean Peninsula. I participate in after school club activities for 3 hours or so. A Korea exchange student program could provide you a way to visit South Korea, learn the language, and be immersed in the culture while also having support in country. 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