June 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Do you have your own Querencia? Episode 128


"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? Episode 127



"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? Episode 126


“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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