2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

Trip to Seoul, Korea


South Korea has been awesome. The food is amazing, and there are so many different things to do for people with all kinds of interests.
The school curriculum at Seoul's international schools is different here. For IB, I guess I can say that you need to be okay with writing a lot of essays and just writing in general if you want to do it. If you're willing to put in the work and not slack and always be on task, the multidisciplinary nature of it is really worth it.

Monika Lendermann (Graduated Senior at School of Arts Singapore) 

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Teaching Children


As a member of the Community Service Club, I go to the English Teaching Center once a week and teach children how to speak English. I read English books to the children and translate the English language into the Korean language to help the children understand the stories and main themes of the books. After reading them books, I do activity games with them, such as Bingo and Word Searches. I learn a lot from this meaningful experience of teaching the children.


Yunee Park (Junior) of Yongsan International School of Seoul 



Friday, November 25, 2016

An Introduction


I am a high school student with innovative ideas and passionate dreams. I started to self-learn web-developing skills at an early age, managed to create my own tech blog in third grade, and launched my first personal website at an age of 9. After graduating from middle school, I spent one year in the US as an exchange student, becoming more independent, self-motivated, and innovative. While I had to deal with cultural shock and the language barrier, my passion was still burning. I shared my personal experience in my blog “Phil’s America Exchange Year”, and developed a mobile app for a better blog reading experience on mobile phones. I am a participant of many conferences such as Global Initiatives Symposium in Taiwan, I am also an active MUNer. I recently formed a school wide broadcast news station in my current high school. Being a high school student in Taiwan might be stressful, but my passion of fulfilling my dream makes everything possible. Just as the saying goes, “What the mind can conceive, humankind can achieve.”




Philip Kuo (Senior) Home Schooled

Friday, November 18, 2016

Brown University Simulation of the United Nations


My experience at Brown University Simulation of United Nations (BUSUN) was honestly quite like nothing I've ever done before. 
The style was so different from other types of MUN I've experienced. 
Everything was done impromptu and some procedures I had not been introduced to before were used (e.g. Round Robin).
In a word, it was: original and I genuinely enjoyed the conference. 




A Delegate from Brown University Simulation of the United Nations (BUSUN)

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Cycle of Crafting


My favorite hobby is crafting, and there are many reasons behind it. First of all, crafting was the first activity that I actually enjoyed. It was so enjoyable to me, that it never got boring even after hours of restless work. Whenever I successfully craft something, I am able to learn new techniques, which eventually improve my skills. As I got better at crafting, more opportunities opened, and this cycle of unlocking opportunities made me endlessly interested in this hobby.



Kevin Min (Covenant Scholars Academy- 10th grade)

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Amazing Journey of The Odyssey



The Odyssey was a very challenging play for a cast of high school students like me.  Its various spectacular events required most of us to play multiple roles and form ensembles to portray this great epic. Due to the grandness of the tale as well as its mythical aspects it made all of us reach out to the deepest ends of our creativity, endurance, and collaboration. As a senior it was a time of conflict as I realized that there were no longer other people to rely on but with more people relying on me. I always tried to give my best in hopes that others would follow my example. Although it was definitely not easy for me there certainly was an effect on the other cast members, which drove me to continue. Because it was such a massive challenge to us as a group and as individuals, when we fought through together and pulled it off, the sense of accomplishment and bonding we experienced could not have been greater. Now I can proudly say I took part in delivering The Odyssey, one of the most well known western tales ever, with a group of amazing people in the form of an incredible play. It was truly an unforgettable experience with so much to take away from and I am glad I persevered until the end.


Dong Geun Oh (Senior) of Seoul Foreign School


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Cheer Season!


As a newcomer to the world of cheerleading, I am very excited and thankful to be part of the team. Initially, I was too shy to tryout, but as a senior, I did not want to leave high school with any regrets. This year's team consists of a good blend between returning and new members. The team looks amazing; though we only had one practice, everyone is very talented and skilled!
Our first meeting was only a conditioning session where the captains designed a workout to assess our current strengths. It was pretty intense and if you ask the others they can attest to some sore muscles. I hope to be a great team member while learning new skills and bonding with the new team. 
The season does not start until November but we are scheduled for a couple more practices this month to prepare us for sideline cheering and the halftime performance. While I am nervous for the season, I cannot wait for the season to officially start and cheer on our school during their basketball games. GO GUARDIANS!
Cecilia Cho (YISS Senior)


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Timing for Speech and Debate



"Timing was actually not bad and not as boring as I expected.
Of course, I got the best timer award, for being the best... the best of the best timers. (laughs)
Timing was fun, a learning experience, and I loved winning that amazing award just for me."



Matthew Kim (Freshman, Timer at Oct 14-15 KAIAC Speech and Debate Tournament)

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Hitchhiker's Guide


What makes humanity unique is our ability to express ourselves. Whether that is through writing or art, we invite and welcome freedom of expression.

Hitchhiker's Guide is a creative publication dedicated to showcasing the writing and artwork of students at Yongsan International School of Seoul.
Check us out here: http://hitchhikersyiss.tumblr.com/




(A Writer in the Yongsan International School of Seoul Hitchhiker's Guide)

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Human Health Care



“My favorite school subject would definitely be Chemistry, but then again I also like Biology. I like both of these classes because I want to have a career involved with the two by incorporating how chemistry works on the human body. For example, health care is a field I am looking to go into.”




Celine (Senior attending Ronald Reagan High School)


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Thanksgiving and Chuseok


Chuseok, a holiday that brings families together to celebrate and respect ancestors, just passed. However, as a Korean-American living in Virginia my family rarely gathers to celebrate. Instead, we get together in November and celebrate Thanksgiving. 


Janice Choe (Junior) of Chantilly High School in Virginia (America)




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Friday, September 16, 2016

Chuseok


A Happy Family
Together at last
It's Chuseok

The full moon shines upon us
with a curve as full as our stomachs and blessed lives

Bowls of Songpyeon
white, green, and pink
decorate tables
and dot lives with color and sweetness

The cousins giggle excitedly while
the relatives smile appreciatively.
Mothers are united with daughters and
fathers are united with sons.

A Happy Family
Together at last

It's Chuseok

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




Saturday, September 10, 2016

What AP Bio Doesn't Teach Me


“AP bio?”
(Laughter)
“I now know how and why things happen but I don’t get how and why things happen; my life decisions, can we make a class on that already?”

“I try not to sleep in class though, it’s hard; if the class were about something more interesting…”



Eleanore Yoon (YISS Sophomore ’16-17)

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