Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

HAVE TO CRAW TO WALK , WALK TO RUN


PictureTara Townsend  
Yonsei University 

Hey guys,

I know it seems like forever since I wrote here; I guess you can say I was waiting for something inspirational to hit me before I wrote senseless words. It seems that so much has happened to me since I've been in Korea but at the same time nothing has happened. I know that doesnt really make sense, but its the way that life is going for me. Classes are pretty easy here and I am rather sad because of that. When I was preparing to come to South Korea, I was prepping my mind for hard work and nothing short of that. Yet once I got here I still had that mindframe that classes were going to be tough or equal to Maryville, but sadly I was mistaken. I am taking only four classes--simple I know but I was not sure how classes really worked over here and instead of overwhelming myself; I kept it nice and easy. My professors are pretty laid back guys who expect me to do my work and be able to have fun. Though I must say, its hard to have fun especially in my one class because I'm the only foreign English speaker. I can say one thing for MC though, since they have a variety of international students I am able to be around a lot of different people and not feel sense of loss. I am making friends with some of the Koreans here and when we meet, its nothing but laughter from both sides. 
  I am still the same as I was in Maryville, but now I think that my persception of those around me has changed to adapt to those who are here with me. I still remember the one afternoon walking with my one Korean friend and we were talking on our way to the library. I forget what the conversation was about, but he stopped me in mid-sentence and said, "Can you slow down a little." I had completely forgotten that his listening skills were not as fast to pick up my English; I slowed down but our conversation didnt stop. I have found that once a Korean is approached more than once and each time talked to, they seem to open up. This seems to me almost like an onion, to get to the heart, each layer needs to be pulled back--almost like befriending a Korean.  My one friend Jiwon is simply adorable!! I still remember how we became friends-- I was waiting on one of my classes to start and I sat down beside her, but she was giving out information for a new club on campus. We struck up a conversation and she invited me to the club event. I had already been invited by the president, but I didnt let her know and this was how even today we are still good friends. Both of us like music so we try and share what music we like. 

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 Right now I am learning Korean, the grammer is hard like English and those in my little class now know that I don't like grammer in both English or Korean. It's fun learning though I'm a little sad that I couldnt take the actual classes like some of the other people I know here. I hope that when I go back home that I will still teach myself Korean. I am losing my other language--American Sign Language, this was bound to happen since I don't know anyone who signs here. The Korean Sign Language is totally different from American, but I have seen it on T.V when the news comes on. It's a little weird to watch especially since I don't know the language. Though while watching I saw the same gesture and wondered what they were signing that could have the same gesture over and over.
  So now I'm enjoying myself.. Midterms have passed and I only had one midterm in class and the rest were take home essays. I am a little angry that my one professor has yet to write the essay questions for my take home midterm essay. But until he does, I'll just relax and do what I normally do--nothing :)


"Enjoy the journey, enjoy ever moment, and quit worrying about winning and losing."

Have to crawl to walk, walk to run

Hey guys,

I know it seems like forever since I wrote here; I guess you can say I was waiting for something inspirational to hit me before I wrote senseless words. It seems that so much has happened to me since I've been in Korea but at the same time nothing has happened. I know that doesnt really make sense, but its the way that life is going for me. Classes are pretty easy here and I am rather sad because of that. When I was preparing to come to South Korea, I was prepping my mind for hard work and nothing short of that. Yet once I got here I still had that mindframe that classes were going to be tough or equal to Maryville, but sadly I was mistaken. I am taking only four classes--simple I know but I was not sure how classes really worked over here and instead of overwhelming myself; I kept it nice and easy. My professors are pretty laid back guys who expect me to do my work and be able to have fun. Though I must say, its hard to have fun especially in my one class because I'm the only foreign English speaker. I can say one thing for MC though, since they have a variety of international students I am able to be around a lot of different people and not feel sense of loss. I am making friends with some of the Koreans here and when we meet, its nothing but laughter from both sides.
  I am still the same as I was in Maryville, but now I think that my persception of those around me has changed to adapt to those who are here with me. I still remember the one afternoon walking with my one Korean friend and we were talking on our way to the library. I forget what the conversation was about, but he stopped me in mid-sentence and said, "Can you slow down a little." I had completely forgotten that his listening skills were not as fast to pick up my English; I slowed down but our conversation didnt stop. I have found that once a Korean is approached more than once and each time talked to, they seem to open up. This seems to me almost like an onion, to get to the heart, each layer needs to be pulled back--almost like befriending a Korean.  My one friend Jiwon is simply adorable!! I still remember how we became friends-- I was waiting on one of my classes to start and I sat down beside her, but she was giving out information for a new club on campus. We struck up a conversation and she invited me to the club event. I had already been invited by the president, but I didnt let her know and this was how even today we are still good friends. Both of us like music so we try and share what music we like.

 
  Right now I am learning Korean, the grammer is hard like English and those in my little class now know that I don't like grammer in both English or Korean. It's fun learning though I'm a little sad that I couldnt take the actual classes like some of the other people I know here. I hope that when I go back home that I will still teach myself Korean. I am losing my other language--American Sign Language, this was bound to happen since I don't know anyone who signs here. The Korean Sign Language is totally different from American, but I have seen it on T.V when the news comes on. It's a little weird to watch especially since I don't know the language. Though while watching I saw the same gesture and wondered what they were signing that could have the same gesture over and over.
  So now I'm enjoying myself.. Midterms have passed and I only had one midterm in class and the rest were take home essays. I am a little angry that my one professor has yet to write the essay questions for my take home midterm essay. But until he does, I'll just relax and do what I normally do--nothing :)

~"Enjoy the journey, enjoy ever moment, and quit worrying about winning and losing. "

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rubric: A New One by fanny stray

Hello everyone! I am a new face here on the CIE blog. My name is Fanny Stray and I’m from Sweden. I applied for Maryville College last winter and during this spring. I’m only going to stay here for one semester, so I’m going to enjoy this time as much as possible.

Here, in Maryville, my major is International Business but back home in Sweden my major is Informationdesign. It’s basically how to make information more approachable for your specific target group in Public Relations. Quite different from International Business, don’t you think? I just wanted to study something different while being in America.

It has been one month and three weeks since I arrived to campus, and it feels like I’ve been living here for much, much longer. There was so much to do here the few weeks before the school officially started and now there’s even more to do with classes and homework! However, that is not what I’m going to talk about in this post. I want to tell you how my trip here to Maryville was, or at least what I can remember from it.

I left my family by the gate in Stockholm Arlanda in Sweden around 7am. My plane was leaving around 9 am, but they always want you to check in early if problems arise. I am a little embarrassed to admit that I let some tears appear when I said goodbye to my mother, father and younger sister; but that is long forgotten now.

My first flight was eight hours, from Stockholm to New York. New Ark airport is definitely one of the biggest airports I’ve ever been to. You went from different gates with train! How ridiculous is that? My second flight from New York to Washington D.C. got belated due to bad weather, but after two hours of wait I could finally board the flight to the capital of the United States of America. From Washington I took a flight for McGhee Tyson airport and I landed in Tennessee around midnight. I was a day too early for the International House to bring me to Maryville College, but sliding down into the hotel bed in Jameson Inn has never felt better. When I arrived at Maryville College at noon the next day I got welcomed by Kirsten Sheppard and since then everything has run smoothly around me.

So that’s me, a new one. I’m a Swedish exchange student, here in Maryville College, for one semester and life has never been more perfect.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

International Student of the Week: Eunkyung Oh

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Rachael: “I love traveling, blogging and playing the piano”
By Cosset Avalos
Eunkyung Oh, or Rachael as her American friends call her, is an exchanging student at Maryville College, who came this fall to study for one semester. She was born in South Korea and her major is Business Administration and her minor is psychology.
Before coming to Maryville she spent time in San Diego, but then realized that she wanted to be in a smaller place to make friends and practice her English. So she chose to come to Maryville.
Here at MC, in addition to studying, she uses her free time to blog and, because she loves to travel, plan her future trips. In fact she has traveled to several cities in Asia, Europe and America.
“I love to see different places, experience other cultures and meet other people. Travelling allows me to always learn something new. Also, on every trip I take pictures so I can then publish my photos and my travel stories on my blog.”
Rachael also plays the piano in her spare time. "When I was in middle school I used to play piano, but then college life was very intense and I had no time to do so. Now in Maryville College I am taking piano lessons, and I'm also playing piano whenever I can, almost five hours a week”.
In December Eunkyung will travel to New York, Boston and Florida. Then she’ll return to South Korea to continue her studies at Yonsei University.

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