Reflections from Korean students

By Mrs Kerri Doy | Posted: Thursday October 26, 2017

I doubt that the invaluable two month experience I had will be expressed in detail within this newsletter. Since a test was scheduled to take place shortly after returning to school in Korea, I was filled with countless worries about this test. It is safe to say that the times spent in High Schools in Korea are the most important times in the lives of Korean students because they are related to university admission. But I decided to come to New Zealand when I saw the biggest motivating movie that I have ever watched "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".
“I hope you feel things you never felt before.”, “I hope you meet people with a different point of view.”, “I hope you live a life you’re proud of.”, “If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” These are sentences in the movie that the mother said to the daughter. I thought it would be worth it for me to experience these thoughts even if it meant I missed precious time studying in Korea.
When I arrived in New Zealand, there were only dry branches, and when I returned, the flowers were in full bloom. I wanted to see the flowers grow again, and I wanted to see the flowers bloom again. In fact, it was scary to readjust to Korea after experiencing plenty of freedom and time to develop freely. In New Zealand there was no need for nighttime learning at night until 10:00 p.m. and there was no need for me to go to school to study on Saturdays. In Korea, we had endless drawings of paintings but didn't have time to paint, and the time to study Japanese, not only English. Also time to read books. While attending a Korean school, I can say that I wasted my time while endlessly attending classes. At the age of 17, it is uncommon for students to live alone without their parents, teachers, and friends. Thinking back to the beginning of my stay in New Zealand I realise that I made friends here, and I was buried in a ski resort. Looking back on two months, everything was ' the first ' to me. So I feel proud of myself. I have not improved my English skills over two months, but I learned how to express and communicate my thoughts, not just to study and to study English.
Thanks to this opportunity, I was happy to meet with many people, and I was able to look deeply and improve in depth for 8 weeks. It still feels like a dream coming back home after 8 weeks of my life spent in New Zealand. I really feel like I made the most of the time. I hope all these memories of my memory will not be forgotten.