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363. Campus Life, The Gap between Expectation and Reality

So, YI-hyeon, Jang, Min-young 기자2016.08.29 08:56:56

Ideals and goals – these add vivid color to our lives on campus. Thus it is meaningful to recall our original expectations for university life, before jumping into reality. Here are some questions that will take us to the heart-throbbing excitement and enthusiasm of joining in a whole new situation: What were your expectations of campus life and how are they different from reality? To what percent do your expectations and reality correspond?

 

Tsz Ching Chow, Dept. Economics, Junior, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 70%

During summer school in Korea, I expected to build a social network with many kinds of people. At first, I did not think there would be so many people of diverse nationalities in KNU. However, including my French roommate, there were various foreign students with whom I exchanged cultural differences. I predicted that the class would be small because classes for Korean Language are often held depending on the demand for them. As I expected, there are nine people in my class. All of them are kind and the professor is also nice and tries various teaching styles to arouse our interest in the class. I wanted to have a good grade but it did not live up to my expectation.

 

Kamala Frazier, Dept. International Studies, Sophomore, University of Oklahoma, United States, 65%

Before coming to Korea, I was really excited about the campus, which looked very pretty from pictures. I liked the diversity of the buildings on campus. The all-glass building and the really old one right next to it juxtapose each other, and I thought it was really cool. I thought I would have a hard time making friends due to cultural differences and the language barrier but actually I’ve had a decent time making friends in Korea. A lot of the global students do activities together and we get along very well. I also like how there is so much to do at North Gate and even more downtown. I am taking ‘South Korean International Relations’, because I major in International Studies. I didn’t know what to expect but the basic frame of the class is fairly similar to that of my home university. So it was easier to follow the class than I expected.

 

Hyun-su, Kim, Dept. Electronics Engineering, Junior, Korea, 60%

I expected that there would be many kinds of activities to make my dreams come true, but the real campus life is a little different from the expectations of most students in Korea. In my case, I belong to the department of Electronics and take six to seven major courses in a semester. So it is very tough just to follow the curricula. The only expectation I have is to earn a good enough GPA. I expected a more passionate and adventurous campus life but I find myself worn out, clinging to doing what everyone else does, such as acquiring licenses or striving to earn a high GPA. I joined a research club just to add something to my résumé for employment. For most students, I think it became a regular routine not to fall for their dream but to follow what others usually do.

 

Andrea Cardelli, Dept. Chemistry, Sophomore, University of Padua, Italy, 70%

I had heard a lot about Korea when I was in Italy because of my Korean girlfriend. Thus, I developed an anticipation of life in Korea even before visiting. I imagined a place where everybody is kind and gentle. Furthermore, I hoped for a new experience of living on a campus because back home, the college buildings are dispersed all over the city. The KNU buildings are concentrated in one area which felt more like a campus. While in Korea, I found out that Korea shares very similar aspects with Italy, which was out of my expectation. Overall, I feel that the correspondence of my expectation and reality is quite high.

 

Hye-Ji, Yu, Dept. Economics and Trade, Freshman, Korea, 60%

Everyone may have the campus life they long for because it is a new beginning in a new circumstance. Mine was studying the major of my choice in depth, of course in tiered classrooms. I also dreamed of joining in a singing or dancing club, and practicing and busking on campus. Going on trips frequently was another dream. Having finished my first semester on campus, I have realized that the reality is a bit far from the anticipation. Classrooms are not sloped and being on trips is not an option during a busy semester. I envisioned being free from intense, high school-like study, but the diligent study atmosphere made me give up on joining a club for hobbies. Instead, in an academic club, I fulfilled my expectation of getting along with various people. So far, there has been a gap between expectation and reality but the fact does not affect how much I love my campus life.

 

Deok-gyu, Lee, Dept. Food Science and Biotechnology, Freshman, Korea, 60%

Being far from my hometown of Gangneung, Daegu was a strange city at first. Thus, I anticipated something different from my daily life. Sad to say, the routine on campus was not that special. I just got up early, went to morning class, had lunch, went to the next class, and sometimes had a drink with some friends. Nevertheless, it does not mean it was not fun. Another thing I did not expect was the timetable. There was often a long empty time between classes. I thought I would set the timetable by myself, but it was made by the department I belong to, because I am a freshman. It could have been changed if I wanted, but I did not, because I was advised not to change it. Even though real life is different from the expectation, that can make it more valuable. 

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