My schoolmates who are taking part in this year’s exchange student program to Korea are starting to leave. Most of those closest to me will be heading towards the airport tonight and if I’m not mistaken, the rest will leave in the next couple of days.
Thus next week, our Korean class and some of my Linguistics classes will not be complete anymore.
I shouldn’t be envious. Especially when I have no reason to be. I didn’t even apply for the scholarship anyway (cause I’m not qualified – yet… hopefully I’ll be qualified next semester 🙂 ). But I can’t help it because it seems like there will be someone leaving everywhere I look. And worse some of them doesn’t seem like they deserve this opportunity. Alright, alright… I know that’s kinda too much for me to say such things. I don’t know all of them well enough. But well, this is my blog and I’m gonna rant as much as I want. Hahaha! Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for most of them. I know that for some of them this is something they really want. And I know they will enjoy their trip and make the most of it. But to some I’m not too sure… some of them doesn’t seem like really serious in learning the language in the first place. They didn’t put much effort in their Korean classes. Some don’t even know the Korean of swimming pool. Some even make fun of the language (mimicking it and laughing at it!). They have no idea about the culture of the country where they will be staying for one year. Some are not even sure if they’ve made the right decision to accept the scholarship at all.
Well, I just hope that they will ALL make the most of this opportunity. I especially hope that those who doesn’t love the language and culture of Korea as much as I do will get to learn and appreciate it more during their year-long stay. Though I’ll be very envious for sure, I hope that they will all be better than me in Korean when they return. If they return next year and my Korean is still better than them, I’ll hit them one by one! I just don’t think I can accept the fact that they will just waste the opportunity to learn so much (just like some of the exchange students before who looks like they didn’t learn anything when they were there – no offense meant!) when someone like me (and my other good friend) is just dying to go to Korea to learn more, to see more, to experience the culture, to meet good friends – and of course to stalk Kim Sun-Ah. 🙂
Two of my best Korean friends will start leaving soon too. And worse, I don’t have any new Korean friends. So once they leave, I don’t have any reasons to hang-out in the International Center dormitory anymore. 😦
My “twin-sister” will also be visiting Korea this coming June (that’s just going to be a short trip, but still…!) and my good friend just applied for an MA scholarship – I’m sure she’ll get it and she’ll leave this year too.
It seems like everyone’s leaving for Korea, when I’m stuck here, trying to memorize my kilometric-long speech and jeoseon-dynasty-old short play script. 😦
정말 배가 아파 죽겠다!