Day 6

yeah, i’m so sleepy right now i can hardly stay awake. it just hit me; may be partly due to Mrs jeong’s homemade wine.

Mrs Jeoung and I drove into Seoul today and got some fine, fine souvenirs. I will scan and post the Konglish i got today as soon as I have time when I get back. I will give you a teaser tho; one folder has a picture of a little kid sitting in its bedroom and the caption reads ‘I play with myself’.

i always have a great time with Mrs Jeong. Tonight we went to visit her eldest son’s high school. its a boarding school, a foreign language school; it was a huge campus, like a university.  Mrs jeong said that dorm fees alone run $700/mo and that doesn’t include tuition or board or books. 

You have heard that Korean students or Asian students in general are really hard workers adn have to be in class all kinds of crazy hours. Try this on for size. Mrs Jeong’s son, SooGeun, starts class at 8 a.m. and finishes classes at 8 p.m. Then they are expected to study at the school until 11 when they have to be back in their rooms, but not to sleep. oh, no. they are expected to study until 1 or 2 a.m. I don’t know if the school expects it or if it is just peer pressure. Then it is up at 6 a.m. to start the day again. On weekends SooGeun comes home, but not to relax or even do homework. he gets home from school around 2 pm on Saturday and then goes to his math academy and then after dinner in the evening he goes to his economics academy. on sundays, he only has his art academy before he has to go back to school, so I reckon he does the rest of his homework during those few hours.  Even tho he is at boarding school, the general schedule is pretty much the same for all college-bound high school students, ie, everyone.  So when American students say they are overwhelmed with homework, well, I’m a bit cynical.  They ought to study here for a year and the US would seem like a dream afterward.  Mrs Jeong offered SooGeun to stop going to his weekend classes but he didn’t want to stop because he doesn’t want to get behind his peers in the race for the college entrance exam.

Just another day in Korean student life!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nikki
    Oct 12, 2006 @ 19:55:12

    oh my goodness! i am exhausted just reading his schedule. my plan is to print this off and have every one of my students read it.


  2. micheledwest
    Oct 13, 2006 @ 01:32:23

    and the thing is that his mom feels sorry for him too but they don’t feel like they can make a change b/c everybody else is doing it. some kids end up committing suicide from the pressure…it seems like everybody knows at least one person who killed themselves and it’s not big deal…


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