January 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Moving Forward


Everyone around me seems to have a goal in their life - a dream that they work towards. Me? I guess I don't really have one. I never really understood why people expect high schoolers to choose a major and a future job before they graduate. How can I, when I don't even know the kind of person I am yet?  I mean, I've never met a single adult who knew who they were at the age of 18. I once had a teacher who told us that he went through 5 full careers before finding that his true dream job was being a teacher; he was 50 at the time. He told us that we didn't have to have life all figured out, and I think that's really good advice. When I was a sophomore, I wanted to major in English. When I was a junior, I wanted to major in cognitive science. Now, I want to major in economics and statistics. I think it's okay to not have found your dream yet. I believe it's important to worry about the future, but I also think you have to have a little faith in yourself as well. My point is - you don't have to have it figured out, whether it's at the age of 18 or at the age of 50. It doesn't really matter where you think you're going, as long as you keep moving forward.

Sue Kim (Senior) of Seoul Scholars International (South Korea)




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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Why I Like Gaming


Every person, at least once in their life, plays a game. Professional game players even play games as their jobs. The most important reasons why I think games are lovable are because of their addictive qualities and constantly challenging programs. The famous PC game, "League of Legends" features a new champion every 2-3 months to challenge its users. Also, nowadays, games have been a way to make online friends and to communicate with different people. I often use "League of Legends" to talk with my real offline friends. I have made many new friends through my games. 




Sean Min (Freshman) of Centennial Christian School (South Korea)




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Friday, January 15, 2016

Why You Should Give Up


   A dream not pursued is the act of giving yourself up. Giving yourself up to your inner doubt. Giving yourself up because you don't think you would make it. And, as I pursue my aspiration of becoming a pilot, there are a lot of uncertainties; from little bumps to a roller coaster ride.  From my doubt of becoming a pilot, to an accident. A surgery, that would have crushed my dream if the aviation industry did not see as medically fit. And often, the inner conflict kicks in when we are to choose from these two options: to give up or to follow your dream. Following your dream is as close to following your life's compass. It is simple, but it is easier said than done. As much as it may sound cliché, a single journey begins with one small step. Though there'll be mountains to climb, a river to cross, and  a lonely walk that you have to fight through. Never give up. A dream not pursued is the act of giving yourself up. 

Yanis Chan (Junior) of Christian Alliance International School (Hong Kong)




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Friday, January 1, 2016

Eureka


Up until 2015 summer, I spent my days just as ordinary Korean high school students did, waking up at 6 and coming back home at 9 or 10. While I learned a lot, I felt like I am doing nothing but repeating tasks over and over. To solve this serious problem, I decided to change my school to an entirely different one, an American education system. I have more flexibility and I finally have more time to contemplate on my dreams. But just as some adults say “life is all the same”, I still have a problem, a different one now. With more time to think about my dreams, I am given more opportunities, and imaginations, but more options are in fact prevent me from choosing one solid option. Sometimes, I spend most of my day thinking, (while getting nothing done) about my future that seems so close to me. I thought all this thinking that brings me no practical achievements was a waste of time, but the more I deeply think, the more I can understand how immature and unprepared I am in the real, mainstream society. Once I realized the fact, every seconds that I can think about my future, my potential is a precious time I cannot waste anymore. I “realized” something valuable, and I am just greatly thankful.

Justine Park (Sophomore) of Seoul Scholars International (South Korea)






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