Sunday, July 15, 2018

How do you feel about going into college and starting fresh once more?


"I am honestly nervous about what the environment around me will be like. I pray that I am surrounded by motivated, pure, wholehearted, and intellectual people. I also hope that I continue to work hard and persevere through everything it is that I do and remember to put faith in Him in all things. I feel that there is more angst and worry than there is excitement."




Christine Tai (Senior) of Northwood High School










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Saturday, July 7, 2018

After you finish your intensive program in a private educational institute, what are you planning to do during this vacation?


"I might go to Jeju Island with my family. I’m excited to visit good restaurants, golf zones, and hotels. After that, I need to do my AP homework. I am taking AP Chemistry and AP Computer Science. I think I can finish the AP Chemistry homework, but AP Computer Science homework is a bit more difficult. If I'm done with my homework, I might chill with my friends and play games. In the last weekend, I might go to my friend's house and play again. We might go to karaoke and PC room. These are my plans. But the private educational institute mostly covers my vacation so I have free time only in the last two weeks."





Jun Yang (Freshman) of Seoul Scholars International
















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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Do you have your own Querencia?


"Querencia is a Spanish word meaning a place where the bull in the bullring takes a breath before the last fight against the matador. This word has become a metaphor for a healing place for people exhausted by their busy, highly competitive, and stressful life. As newly coined phrases such as YOLO indicate, people have been increasingly aware of the importance of managing and reducing stress and relaxing both mind and body. Charging energy by doing hobbies or exercises is necessary for another move. Resting our soul is even more important than these activities. By nature, we human beings are afraid of being lonely, but we do need a private place where we can be free of disturbances. This is one of the reasons why Cafes are gaining increasing popularity. Cafes are the place where we can enjoy solitude without having a gloomy sense of isolation thanks to people around us. Querencia, however, does not necessarily have to be a place out there to visit. We can create our own. The house, for example, can be the best Querencia. Indeed, some people turn their home into a perfect Querencia by doing interior design, wall papering, or at times building their own house. Or, perhaps, Querencia does not have to be a brick and mortar place even; it could be located in your very mind. Where is your Querencia? How about creating one now? "


Eunsoo Shin (Freshman) of Yeoksam School






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Friday, June 15, 2018

How is your School Life?



"Well, since it’s test week, I am currently studying for my finals, which is hard, but I’m able to cope with it. I have a decent grade, and since I want to major in engineering, I am currently studying for my AP tests. I like to do origami, play soccer, and study science, which is why as extracurricular activities I attend the school origami, soccer, and science club. I also play soccer as a goalkeeper for the school soccer team, which won the championship 3 months ago. My family and friend relationship is going pretty well, so I guess it is safe for me to say that my school life is awesome."



Jongha Kim (Freshman) of Fayston Preparatory Seoul















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Saturday, June 2, 2018

When do you feel you’re truly alive, and why?


“I feel I’m truly alive when I’m talking to people, about people, and for people. I don’t mean to say that silence comes to me negatively, but I guess communicating with people helps me understand my life, who I am, and others as well. That adds on the aliveness to me. To link this to my activities, I like to film people, which also could be done without conversation. However, I like people to talk through films and express themselves and their own identity. I personally think that being able to define your identity is part of choosing your pathway and your journey of life. Hence, actively engaging in conversations and talking to find your identity add on to the activeness or aliveness for me.”

Seeha Park (Senior) of Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies










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Saturday, May 26, 2018

What's the ultimate dream after finishing your undergraduate studies?


"My ultimate dream after finishing my undergraduate studies is to attend medical school and hopefully become a licensed physician. After doing so, I would love to be able to specialize in ophthalmology during my residency and hopefully receive fellowship opportunities in my field of ophthalmology. I believe the ability to see is essential to living a fulfilled life and becoming an ophthalmologist would enable me to take those skills to developing countries and help the less fortunate in seeing. Having terrible eyesight myself, I know the struggles of not being able to see. However, in developing nations, the inability to see combined with high levels of poverty creates a dangerous environment for those living in those conditions."


 

Nicole Lai (Senior) of Northwood High School










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Friday, May 18, 2018

After all the AP exams, do you think that it was worth taking the tests? Would you tell younger students to take AP exams like you did?


" I think it was worth taking it. However, I want to warn some of the younger students who are planning to take AP to reconsider taking some of the exams. Since AP exam is a college-level test, it requires ardent practice and studying to ace the test. Therefore, if you think AP exam is helpful but not "essential," I would suggest you to just take a normal class. "





Rafael Sung (Junior) of Seoul Scholars International











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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What do you plan to do over the summer to prepare for college next year?


"Hi, my name is Chan and I plan to attend the University of Virginia next fall and to prepare for that, I plan on traveling abroad to expand my knowledge of other cultures in preparation for college. In college, I plan to study business and in order to do so, I believe understanding global business is a very important piece of the puzzle. Thusly, I plan on exploring the East Asian culture in Korea this summer for my future educational career at UVA."



Chan Sohn (Senior) of Freedom high school











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Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Influence of Korean Wave


"The influence of Korean wave all around the world is unimaginable. It is usual for famous K-pop stars to go to foreign countries and hold concerts. Not only that, these days, K-pop stars are required to be fluent in variety of foreign languages, and foreigners are easily seen in idol groups. Last year, one of the famous K-pop star BTS have received award and proved that K-pop stars are not only influential in Asia, but also in different continents. Since the world is focusing on K-pop, it is no exaggeration to say that K-pop is improving our national competitiveness. The influence of K-pop is also seen in Korea, especially between teenagers. Teenagers form consensus between themselves when they are in fond of a same K-pop star, and go to concerts or listen to their music to relieve stress."






Soeun Choi (Sophomore) of Yeoksam Middle School 













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Friday, April 27, 2018

What is your hobby?


"I had a hobby of playing the violin. I have been practicing it since I was in 7th grade, and it has been a blast for me. Every time I have some worries and things would not go in my way, I would play the violin. It would relieve my stress, and help me do better at it. I am currently in the school orchestra, and yeah, at least that’s something. I don’t wish to major it or something, but I sure wish I could become good at it one day."

Richard Lee (Sophomore) of Fayston Preparatory






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Saturday, April 21, 2018

What is your favorite music and season? Why are they your favorites?


"Hmmm… I like various types of genres of music. However, if I were to choose one out of the many, then I would choose R&B. I really enjoy listening to R&B songs because they are catchy. In addition,
I really enjoy listening to pop songs. For instance, I recently started listening to Dua Lipa’s "New Rules."
I am trying to discover different genres of music to expand my taste in music. In summer, my favorite
seasons are fall and winter. In winter, my favorite seasons are spring and summer. Humans in general
tend to desire something they don’t currently have, which is probably why I prefer those seasons during
those times of the year."




Julia Nam (Senior) of Yongsan International School of Seoul













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