Report. I suppose that now I’m living a life just like that of average Japanese high school students. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. She rises at 6.30am, is at school by 8am, finishes at 4pm, (or 5pm if she has a club), then pops back home to eat. my youtube channel is the 89th most viewed Korean channel of the week!!!!! This puts immense pressure on high school students, as there are extremely high stakes in getting accepted to a reputable university. Being a student means, all the knowledge is … “The academics of high school are way harder than ever, and I think a lot of kids don’t have the bandwidth to manage everything.” A typical day for a high school counselor is anything but. 5 years ago | 6 views. Welcome to everyone, including native Koreans … 4. So what is the daily life of a Korean high school student life? Posted on April 3, 2016 by Katie McMahan. He actually ended up coming over to me and asking how I was and we quickly talked about midterms, third year life, and so on. This year, I am a 2nd year, so I get to cut the freshmen. 11. Today was also the 5th year anniversary of the 세월호 침몰 사고 (Sewol Ferry Incident) in which a ferry carrying mostly high school students on their school trips sank–killing many. It was a nice gesture, though. During the summer of 2016, Michelle joined us for the Secondary School Program to study philosophy and screenwriting. Feb. Find All Posts of This Month: 2 - 2013. Superficially, this is life for most high school students in South Korea. The other students were put into random groups and then allowed to pick their topics from a list (a list that she created from topics that we included in our survey about music from the first day of class back in March) based on the number of their group (also chosen randomly). Playing next. It literally said you can check where the items themselves are placed. You think during East Asia class too because even though you’re interested, most of the time  you just pick up on small words to capture the big idea (–I definitely don’t have the vocabulary of that level). For example, a student in the first year of middle school would be referred to as "First grade in Middle School (중학교 1학년. We also read a blurb of an article predicting that there would be humans marrying robots in the near future and our teacher goes “Probably from Japan! sentences you run the risk of your head exploding. Browse more videos. Flowers left on a fellow classmate’s desk after she jumped to her death at the young age of 16. S. Korean military on high alert as N. Korea marks party anniversary. In South Korea, the grade of a student is reset as the student progresses through elementary, middle and high school. 윤아 tried defending the idea saying that you could see what was inside (or how much you had) without opening the door and though I find that somewhat valid, that’s not what the article said. Typical Day as a High School Student in Korean. Hell. One of these inventions included refrigerators with touch screens or smart screens. You would think that being back in school (and having so many deadlines from Better World to keep track of), I would be better about knowing the date and such but clearly, that is not the case. I attend classes for 6 periods. That’s a very fun country…” and then she goes on to bring up the anime girlfriend pillows. I wanted to say hi but I worried that he might be busy so I just sat down. The Korean school year begins in late February or early March and ends in late December with commencement … Teachers are respected in Korea. Most students get to school on their own by walking, bike, or the city bus. At first, I thought this was extra but then I realized how handy it could be… until I read the description for it in the excerpt. Below, Michelle, an aspiring novelist, takes us on a journey through a day … For a typical high school student, the official school day may end at 4 p.m., but can drag on for grueling hours at private cram institutes or in-school study hall, often not wrapping up until 11 p.m. ( Log Out /  You’re posts are so fun to read with the gifs included they make me laugh and so relatable, ahah but 대원외고 야자 goes until 10:30 and first class is at 8:10… i don’t know how they do it day in and day out. For lunch, we decided to actually just eat at 하나고 early for once. After class, I wasn’t in the mood to go home. Instead, they are dressed in t-shirts and shorts or jeans. Some of my friends have to take the city bus, but I’m lucky. The actual 하나고 students need to study for those! 6 a.m.: Wake up. I arrived in Korea on September 3rd. My Life as a Korean High School Student Greetings from Goesan, South Korea! Or rather "Hul!" Yaja is basically after school self study. I finally got to sleep at 11 or 12pm, if lucky. You think about your past. You might live with a host family and attend high school in South Korea for a real view in the culture of the country. With the average South Korean high school student spending 1,020 hours in school a year (pdf) according to a 2012 OECD study (134 hours more than the OECD average), it’s easy to … Eat a quick breakfast of rice and seaweed soup, put on my uniform, and walk to school. After studying for roughly sixteen hours each day, their futures boil down to one last exam. Freaking awesome. 6:45 a.m.-7:00a.m. When I talk about how nervous I am about going home, I get many, “Don’t get ahead of yourself. You think about your unfinished homework, how far your language level is improved, how your goals are from the beginning of the program have changed, how you expect to do on your end of the year language exams. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. During 한국사, our teacher lectured the whole time but that did not stop me from just doing my own Korean work in class. Katie! Twitter Facebook Google + Pinterest Tumblr. That’s all for this blog post~ I hope you enjoyed! Then 동철 continues on and tells me to just go move over to him. ), 1:40 p.m.-4:40 p.m. – Three more class periods with similar breaks, -I usually go home after this. “I would cry,” said Tori Rusko, GRHS student (’15). I realized that I hadn’t give any hint as to what my daily schedule was, but what I did today would be the best representative of what my friends at school go through on a daily basis. In music class, our teacher explained to us this project that we will be doing. But it also looked like a lot of work. “There is the surprise factor – things you never know are coming,” McGuirk said. During my usual English mentorship class today, I just self-studied in the library as midterms are approaching. Rigorously. The trees here are different. A student gets up at 6 a.m. and reads the newspaper to get an idea on how to write essays. Breakfast can range from a full meal of soup, rice, meat, and eggs; to simple rice and kimchi. ( Log Out /  Welcome to everyone, including native Koreans … Keeping friendships when you’re on opposite sides of the planet is no easy task, but I am happy to say that I really had you guys with me while I’ve been here. This video is awesome. We learned two new grammar points but besides that, we talked a lot about new-age technology and the advancements that humans have made. Education Fever in Korea (ExamiNation) Award-winning Education Fever in Korea, by Judy Suh, documents a day in the life of a high school student preparing for the once-a-year Korean college entrance exam (KCSAT) called Suneung or Sooneung, held in November every year… In Korea to this day, this is a sore subject and is seemingly continuously present in the collective Korean psyche. He pointed out that I had no one sitting next to me on one side, so he could just plop his stuff down on that desk. I’m so thankful for all of the support I’ve had in getting here. I take public transportation for 2 hours to commute to school (yes, it’s VERY FAR but not uncommon for kids here). I spend another 2 hours on the way home 6. The fact that she prepares stuff outside of class for us rather than forgetting we are a part of the class (and even with small things like calling our names for attendance)… most teachers don’t do even that. Of course, “School” is basically me studying Korean. Her day is typical of that of the majority of South Korean teenagers. (Translation of the banner: “The 5th Spring, We Will Not Forget”). Their desks are covered in doodles, of cartoon faces with sharpened chins, of panels and illustrations the length of a comic book page. Before class started, I noticed that 동철 was still in the class, getting ready to leave. You think when your economics class because your teacher is talking so fast that if you even try to understand anything but the verbs at the ends of her. I'm back at Jungwon University, also known as the "marble palace," a moniker myself and my fellow ETAs dubbed this ostentatious stone monument to education. From what I've gathered from my older students at my English academy (hagwon) and my academy's director's son, high school students sleep 6 hours a day, if they are lucky and work, study, work, and study all day long. Change ). A subreddit for news, culture, and life on the Korean Peninsula. In fact, I was in the complete opposite mood. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. May 11, 2020 April 28, 2020. I’m also grateful to all of the friends I’ve made here, and all the memories we’ve made together and will continue to make for the time I have left. 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Because Katie and I were in two different sections of this music class, the teacher told us that we can just work as partners and she picked our topic for us: Arirang. It was funny that he wanted to make me feel more included within the class but I was not about to sit next to someone who clearly wasn’t up for the interaction. Students have to be at school b… With vigor, passion, and drive. But there are couches! It is very different from what I was familiar with in the U.S. 1. It goes without saying therefore that high school life is the most formative period of a person’s life. Because of intense competition and cultural factors, high school students are encouraged to do schooling beyond the typical 8am-4pm schedule. (But only for a short period at a coin 노래방, I wanted to be home for dinner.). Don’t waste it by worrying about how little there is left. I would like to note that I stayed at school for (more than) 13 HOURS. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The final screen is 끝 which means finish. You think about your past. While chatting with Katie in the morning, I kept telling her that I was dreading going to 국어 and that Wednesdays were always so long… when it was in fact Tuesday. Her day is typical of that of the majority of South Korean teenagers. I feel honored to have so many amazing people in my life. You think about your present. Like the other day, she gave us chords to work with for our song because she thought that we might have been having trouble. In other, more relevant news, Fridays are days where I get the closest I can to going through what an average Korean high school student experiences daily. The daily schedule for students of Ewha Girls High School is as follows: The first class begins at 8:10 am and the regular classes end at 5:40 pm. ( Log Out /  So June took Kaitlyn and I to her favorite place and we spent about half an hour there. 5. A Korea exchange student program could provide you a way to visit South Korea, learn the language, and be immersed in the culture while also having support in country. My days were really off today (in my mind I mean). Check phone for bus schedule (my bus comes between every 30-50 minutes and I live an hour and twenty minutes away from school, so I have to be careful about missing it). I don’t want to waste these last two months. I could have eaten that forever for sure. Thanks for reading! Nonetheless, the strawberries were delicious with the Nutella. It feels good to be included. And that was my day. 0 shares. 04/16/19 Tuesday . Koreans are almost always eighteen years of age at the time of graduation (though by the bizarre system used to calculate age, they tend to think that they are almost twenty at the time high school ends). Other students will stop at a corner store (CU or GS25) to get maybe a bread, kimbap, or some other snack food. She rises at 6.30am, is at school by 8am, finishes at 4pm, (or 5pm if she has a club), then pops back home to eat. Smile because it happened. I’ve been gone for 31 weeks. Just An Average Day in the Life of a Korean High School Exchange Student (04/16/19) NSLI-Y Korea AY. But how does my regular NSLI-Y schedule look anyway? They also need a fancy fridge with a screen? Daily Lives of High School Boys (Japanese: 男子高校生の日常, Hepburn: Danshi Kōkōsei no Nichijō) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasunobu Yamauchi. ( Log Out /  We all started erupting in laughter as I kept questioning “Why can’t you just open the door of the fridge?”. Before school, it seems majority of my students wake up around 7-7:30am. The film will follow the students during the most stressful time of their lives- their last year of high school. Don’t be sad that it’s over. 1:47. ( Log Out /  His friend was laughing along but you could tell he felt really awkward and uncomfortable. 6:05 a.m.: Get dressed in my school uniform (and I wear thick leggings because it’s cold and my school uniform doesn’t come with a pants option). Here’s a few examples of the harsh reality behind high school life in South Korea: 1. I just want to thank everyone who helped me get here and who helped me stay sane along the bumpy ride. Just like in real life, high school life can be grouped into two: the fun side and working/studying side with a grey area in between, for activities such as hobbies and interests. It was a funny conversation. 6:30 a.m.- 6:45 a.m.: Take my first bus to the main bus station. Students kept coming into the room to use it… I originally planned on sleeping during that period but instead I went hard on the study grind. Today I found out what happens afterwards-, 6:40 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.: Dinner (some students choose to go home instead of eating at school. Katie and I had another mentorship class before lunch so we just did some self-studying in the special room on the third floor—it’s for meetings I believe? 3. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. My days were really off today (in my mind I mean). I don’t want to spend them taking for granted what I’ve been given. The concept of life becomes clear here and the students get a glimpse of how the real world works. Eventually, my host sisters came home and they didn’t just bring themselves. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. You still have plenty of time.” But to put this into perspective, I have 8 weeks left. I would like to thank all my classmates for letting me shoot the video for the whole day, love you … (Gotta get our fixings in before the weather gets too warm and they stop being sold–since it is more commonly eaten during cold weather),: Korean class today was really entertaining. ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Scotty Darin. The manga was serialized in Gangan Online and was released in seven manga volumes between May 21, 2009 and September 27, 2012. (Unnecessarily long and unedited post ahead). At least, that was what it was like in my high school. At one point, he pointed out his good friend (Both 동철 and his friend took AP world history with me last year) and asked him why he wasn’t sitting next to me. Actually half way through the period, two of the girls from my group—은서 and 지연—came into the room apologizing to me as they thought I was waiting for them since they never outright cancelled the meeting with me. To represent this event, many people wear a yellow ribbon. February 11, 2013 8871 Views. Koreans already often have another fridge for their 김치 and 반찬! You think about your future. And then, I kept talking about Topik being on Saturday even though it is on Sunday! Home From the Scene Surviving Senior Year in a Korean High School (and getting into SKY) Surviving Senior Year in a Korean High School (and getting into SKY) From the Scene Korean Life Student Writing. There aren’t separate school buses like in America. And I was positively EXHAUSTED. She showed me the pictures and wow did they look delicious! To help ease the worry and anxiety of both students and their families, we have put together this guide for families, to help them visualize and practice what a typical school day will be like in the 2020-21 school year. Most of the girls at my school study at Saturday. ( Log Out /  I’m having a lot of mixed emotions about leaving. We all laughed at this point and our teacher kept saying that that was why—Koreans don’t really organize their refrigerators like Americans apparently. No wonder Korean students’ test scores (when compared to those of students from other countries) are so highly ranked. In fact, it was quite nice because there was no line and lots and lots of seats. Today, April 3rd, marks that I have eight more weeks ahead and almost thirty one behind.  The cash register worker actually helps upperclassmen cut. The thing you do most often as an exchange student is think. This made me laugh so hard that tears almost left my eyes. Along the way, she created new memories of the place she used to call home. Korean High School. Today, April 3rd, marks that I have eight more weeks ahead and almost thirty one behind. My day lasted for over 4 hours. This is the typical schedule of my day, and whe… He goes to school by 7 a.m. and studies English words and does English listening practice for an hour. Today we just went for it and honestly, it was not bad at all. : Transfer to second bus, 7:30 a.m.: Arrive at bus stop near school, 7:45 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.: Study at local cafe until my friends meet me there, 8:30 a.m.: Sit down at my desk and prepare for the day, 8:45 a.m.: Homeroom teacher comes in to greet and update the class, 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.: Four class periods (I study Korean during classes); 20 minute breaks in between, 12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.: Lunch (Last year, I was a 1st year, so we got cut by the 2nd and 3rd years. A day in the life of a Korean High School Student. Our teacher gave the argument that finding things in the fridge can be difficult and then josh retorts back “Not if the fridge is organized.” He then goes through his own American fridge’s organizational state–meat drawer and all. Korean high school students sometimes attend school from 7am until midnight, and on weekends visit private "hagwons" (academies similar to crammers, which are attended all year round in South Korea) to brush up on their English, maths or science. It's the third most viewed video of the week. South Korea is known for their education system, which includes very long days of up to (or over) 12 hours. The opening screen reads: 고등학생의하루 Which just means High School student's day. We were supposed to start it last week but the teacher was absent the whole week because of the flu, so we were starting it late. On November 10th, 2011, thousands of high school seniors will take a nine hour test that for many, will determine their economic and social status for the rest of their lives. Let us peep into the school diary of a student and learn about a day in the life of a high school student. at 11:45 PM. Thanks for watching! The upcoming school year will be different from what we are used to. Though the Yonsei Samsung Library bursts … So when she began looking at summer programs as a high school student, she was eager to consider a return to Cambridge. _______________________________________________________________. )". 155k members in the korea community. Korean students typically graduate slightly later than American students. Goesan, the site of my orientation back in July, is my new home for the month of February. And less fitting… a BMI scale? My School Day, by Park Hyeun Jung. I arrived in Korea on September 3rd. ), -everyone immediately goes home as fast as they can-. I only do this on Fridays, and get to sleep late the next day. So here it is. While chatting with Katie in the morning, I kept telling her that I was dreading going to 국어 and that Wednesdays were always so long… when it was in fact Tuesday. I get up by 6am 2. Just wrap your mind around that. They are not in uniform like many other high school students in South Korea. It was really sweet to see them thinking about me! Everyone back home has still made an effort to keep in touch while I’ve been gone, and that honestly means the world to me. Our teacher asked us if our host family’s fridges are organized and we all looked at each before simultaneously saying no. 13!!! In Korea, the saying is “Teachers are as high as God“. I went home after that and I was told by my host mom that I would be eating alone tonight because my host sisters were so hungry that they already ate ramen at the 학원. It’s the seniority based culture. I wanted to go to a 노래방 (once again) and sing some old Justin Bieber songs like Baby, One Time, One Less Lonely Girl, etc. You think about your present. the Marble Palace, July 2010. ( Log Out /  Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. That said, let’s have a look at the typical day in the the life of a fictional Korean middle school student. I don’t know how everyone stays awake during the day when their day always lasts this long. The Life of a Korean High School Student. I participate in after school club activities for 3 hours or so. Here's the video: p.s. Long time no see :) This video will be about real school life in Korea. It was pretty funny. Typical Day as a High School Student in Korean. I left home at 6:30, studied for a bit, arrived at school at 8:30 a.m. left at 9:30 p.m., and got home a little before 11 p.m.  Oh, what a night. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It was also quieter and easier to talk because there were less students. One of the readings we looked over was about new inventions involving technology that can be commonly found in the home—making people’s lives easier. I honestly find it really heartwarming that she always thinks about what we will be doing in class. I live an hour away, so I ate at school with my deskmate and her friends. 155k members in the korea community. This entire second semester, we have not eaten at the school cafeteria (without our group of friends) at all—not even one time under our belt. Monday to Saturday, I wake up around 6:30 to 7:00. The thing you do most often as an exchange student is think. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. You think about your future. They also brought back cartons upon cartons of strawberries (I’m talking at least 10) and three jars of Nutella. But this in the end had a positive, we were not going to have to present anything! I made you a chart: So it’s really not that bad! By Bo-kyung Byun. The past seven months have been like riding a roller coaster nonstop (which I know is the most cliche analogy). Change ). We sang a whole slew of oldies that included Miley Cyrus’ The Climb, Demi Lovato’s Heart Attack, Taylor Swift’s Our Song and of course we sang Let it Go—the crowd favorite. She asked me what I wanted to eat and gave me three options that included 물냉면 so of course I went for that—one of my all time favorites. I yaja’d (야자를 했다.). School days are the beautiful days’ anyone would cherish with a desire for more in the later years. Suicide is the leading cause of death among teens. For three years, they repeat these seemingly boring days. Follow. I really hope you guys like it, and I'll come back with a new video very very soon! Of course, stopped by to get 녹차호떡 on our way to Korean class. To differentiate the grades between students, one would often state the grade based on the level of education he/she is in. You wouldn’t … Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. A subreddit for news, culture, and life on the Korean Peninsula. 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