2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

I miss you...Windy


When I was younger, winter vacation made me happy. I loved the white snow, spending time with my lovely family on Christmas day, and the presents from Santa. They all made the day so much more special.

One day, I was in front of my house when I noticed a small brown puppy behind me. As soon I saw the adorable dog, I ran to him and embraced him with an open heart.

 My family agreed to let him into our family and we named him "windy" because we had met him on a windy winter day. 
He loved me and I loved him so much; we always played together and  slept together. 
I thought he would stay with me forever. But, similar to his namesake, he left our family like a wind just passing by. 
Several years passed, but still I think of him on 'windy' winter days.

Lucia Lee (Sophomore) of Seoul Scholars International (South Korea)
              


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Birthday that Collided with Finals


"I mean.. it kinda sucked when I actually figured out my birthday was going to be on finals. On my birthday, I diligently studied for AP Chemistry and Government & Politics. I guess it was just another normal day for me. It didn't really feel like a birthday. But, I did get some cool headphones and some other gifts which was great. Other than that, I spent the whole day memorizing Iranian history and studying atomic structures."

Juhyung Park (Junior) of Seoul International School (South Korea)





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Friday, December 11, 2015

Winter Break



"As children, we have always looked forward to winter break as a hiatus from school and all the stress that school entails. But if you are living in Seoul and a junior in high school like myself, you start to dread winter break. Winter break means extra hours to spend in cram schools (a.k.a hagwons) trying to squeeze information into our already overworked brains. We sit on our bottoms for hours at a time in a crowded room a few degrees too hot, trying not to zone out to the lecturer's monotonous voice. The word "break" is misleading, almost mocking. It disillusions us into thinking that we will be sipping hot cocoa in front of a warm fireplace until we snap back into reality and realize that we have been zoning out to the lecturer's boring litany once again."

Sarah Lee (Junior) of Yongsan International School of Seoul (South Korea)






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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Uncertain Goals


"Many teenagers--especially those in high school--think and worry about deciding their future career. I am one of them. Even though I did a lot of things to decide my future career such as aptitude test, I still do not know what I want to do. However, I have one goal, decided by my family: to be a doctor. My family expects me to do that because it is the best job in Korea; being a doctor makes me to earn a lot of money and be honored by people. Even though I am scared of blood, I wanted to earn a lot of money so I followed my family's decision, and I am now taking subjects which is necessary to be a doctor. 
One day, in my class, my teacher asked all of students, "Do you have any certain future goals?" Answers from other students were varied and filled with confidence, but I could not answer. Subsequent to that conversation my teacher advised me to think about things that I like and link them to my future career, or goals. Recently, I thought about things that I like, and I realized that I like to take care of puppies. So, I considered a dog breeder or trainer to be my future goal and I told my family about that. However, my family was reluctant to agree with my decision because a dog breeder or trainer does not earn money well. After that, my future goal became uncertain again. Between the inclined job and the best job, I still do not know what I want to do."

Jane Park (Junior) of Home School (South Korea)




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Friday, November 27, 2015

Rich and Poor


One particular time that I was thankful for the life I’m able to live was in hagwon, believe it or not. We were discussing the gap between the rich and the poor, specifically the availability of technology in second and third world nations. The teacher asked me how many people I thought could buy iPhones in the world, and I said “Um, like, 30%?” Turns out, 5% of the world can afford an iPhone. That's 350 million people. Sounds like a lot, but it’s seven times the population of South Korea. It really hit me then that living in a developed country is vastly different from living out there, in the rough-and-tumble world out there. So to all of you with iPhones out there: be thankful. Not everyone can have one.  

Jeiho Kim (Junior) of Yongsan International School (South Korea)





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Friday, November 20, 2015

"Standardized Stress"


Standardized testing. It is a major component of an upperclassman's life that just builds on our stress levels. You might even call it "Standardized Stress".
Especially where I am located, Seoul, South Korea, the race to receive the best SAT or ACT score is bewildering. As a junior, I feel the pressure of ACT at its highest peak. I think standardized tests blend skill, lifetime knowledge, diligence, and a hint of luck. I am sure most can agree. Some questions are just easier for certain people than they are for others. It all depends on the individual. 

There is yet much to gather and complete before I begin my descent. As I complete my ACT and SAT subject tests, I will always await the time when I have overcome this monumental peak of standardized stress.

Sonya Kim (Junior) of Yongsan International School of Seoul (South Korea)






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Friday, November 13, 2015

Optimism


"I'm trying to appreciate the #studentlife. I thought school was tough because of grades and friends and my still developing identity. But I realized today when I found my T-Money and pencil case that it's not a lost cause yet. There's still a lot to be optimistic about...like finding your T-Money card that you thought was lost in a gutter somewhere or discovering your precious pencil case safely in the lost and found box of the high school office. Just like we're looking for a unique identity right now and trying to discover who we are and what we want to do, we will probably find that identity in someplace better than where we expect. Not down the gutter, but probably somewhere safer and better... Maybe your future is waiting for you at an art museum, next to a bunch of smiling fish!"

Eunice Ro (Sophomore) of Seoul Scholars International (South Korea)



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Friday, November 6, 2015

Consistency (Or Not)


"I think...

Life is inconsistent in every way possible

There is no golden rule that you can stick fast to throughout your time here

Your opinions change based on how your day's been and what you've been going through

Your actions may or may not reflect those opinions

There are a billion factors that go into your actions or opinions and even if just one changes, the situation could become 180 degrees different

and you know what...

It doesn't matter in the least

because Consistency is not a viable option in a world where people change, situations change, and environments change

every day, every hour, every minute, and every second

So don't kill yourself over being inconsistent

Instead, relish in the fact that you're flexible enough to change your thoughts relative to a situation

You're a pliable human being

And that very plasticity and how much you have of it is what truly shapes you

so enjoy your inconsistency."



Jessica Choe (Junior) of Yongsan International School of Seoul (South Korea)




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