Tonight we also met a friend of our professor’s whom he’s known for over twenty years, and they’re still friends. They met while they were both in college, even though they didn’t go to the same college, my professor spoke at his wedding and so on. I hope to make friends and keep friends like that.
Also, my professor said if he had a daughter instead of a son, he would have name her Olivia. Because of the children’s story character, the ballerina, and also me. :) Not really the last one, but I was still honored, on principle.
Someone asked me for directions! AND I KNEW THE ANSWER!!!! And I pointed those people on their merry way. :)
Me in hipster glasses, which are worn in seriousness in Korea. I tried to get my prescription put into the frames, but, unfortunately, I am hyper blind and even compressed the lens would be too thick. :( So I can only wear them ironically while wearing my contacts. Tragedy #357. lol. I still like them. Toni got some that look super banging, though.
The preparation steps for my first date (tee hee) with 슬기 after the fireworks last Saturday. Where everything went better than expected. ^^
So, I’ve met a ton of truly phenomenal people as a result of this voyage to Korea. Amazing professors, amazing Colgate students I’d never met before, amazing international students, and amazing Koreans. However, of all the fantastic people I’ve met, I’d have to say the best of all is none other than Mr. Everything Went Better than Expected, 슬기. He’s definitely my 남자친구 and I will try very hard not to make every post from here forward a giggly, lovey-dovey mushfest of how much I adore him or how happy I am (remember, I was also exceedingly happy before). But if I’m talking about the cool things I’m doing and his name comes up (as I suspect it will), I want you all to know who he is. ^^
Yes, this is my Korea blog, and yes, he’s fast becoming a large portion of my Korean adventure, but I have a journal for all the gooey, heart-warmingly precious things. I don’t know. We’ll see.
It was like 40 degrees this morning on the walk to yoga (at least it felt like that, I don’t know, but it was less than 8 degrees Celsius, for sure) and I’m a little afraid I’m getting sick (just in time for midterms! yay!) so I bundled up.
I love that hat. Tee hee. There’s a gigantic pom pom on top you can’t see. Everyone walking past me this morning was definitely jealous of how warm my ears were. ^^
Also known as what I’m going to be sleeping through because I’m going out tonight to dance like there is no tomorrow, no midterms, no responsibilities, no expectations, no failures, and no complications.
INDEED! I AM!
Why? Because I am enrolled in a graduate level course through Colgate (thanks for that, Colgate) in the Educational Studies department, and they want me to. They did not ask me nicely. They informed that this is what I will be doing, and now I am doing it.
50 pages. Due mid-December. Murder me.
What? (Not in response to the “murder me” but as in What is your paper about.) I’M GLAD YOU ASKED. It’s about the construction of Korean identity and the West’s influence on that identity. I also really like movies, and my professor inquired, “Why aren’t you writing your paper on the national Korean identity through film?” And I was sad that I didn’t think of that. And what’s sad about that is the “academic” centered life I live and “academic” way of thinking did not even consider film to be on the table which is TRAGIC because I am LOVING the cinema class I’m in right now. (I have Song Kang-ho pics for you too!!!!)
Anyway, I’ve been doing all the research, and it’s looking really good. I’m really pleased with it. I am excited about it (but not as excited as I would be about cinema, but that ship has sailed. Next research paper I do for fun is on that). I’m still working through the masses of articles, but I have already formulated 4, maybe 5 questions to ask the 10 people I’m asking. (maximum ten, maybe fewer. I know of 2 people for sure, and I’ll get some more from my fabulously cooperative FLC class. ^^)
The Questions: What makes a Korean a Korean? What does a powerful, influential, ideal Korean possess? Do you watch English TV shows or listen to music in English? and Are your most accessed websites in English or Korean? In what ways have Western influences had an impact on your identity?
Badass, right? I KNOW. I sound so intelligent and scholarly and so completely unlike myself that it makes me giggle. I’m going to try and do the interviews verbally and record them, and the students are going to be all kinds of composed and I’m going to be cackling maniacally the whole time, basking in the self-perceived light of my own brilliance. It’s not going to be pretty.
So that happens. I start the interviews tomorrow and I AM SO EXCITED!!!! I will keep you updated as the magic continues to happen. ^^