November 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

Rich and Poor Episode 4


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" Episode 3


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 Episode 2


"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) Episode1


"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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