So this week at Yonsei (and most other schools, from what I can tell) is midterm week. Although my midterms are fairly easy, the only one I’m really going to have any trouble with whatsoever is the Korean midterm. Mainly because it’s split up into several different parts. My Modern Korean History midterm is just 5 simple identifications and two one-page summaries. My Intro to Korean Studies midterm was basically all subjective. He was more or less looking to see if we could draw conclusions from the stories we were supposed to have read and relate them to the concepts that we had gone over in class, which was fairly easy and only took about 45 minutes. My Topics on Korean Language and Culture midterm is a five-page group paper, with each member attaching a one-page reaction to the place we wrote about, which shouldn’t be too difficult. But all my friends that are taking classes that aren’t targeted specifically at foreigners aren’t having as much luck during exam week as I am, seeing as they have ACTUAL exams.
Getting away from the exam week talk, I also came up with a decision on a few other things. The main thing is that I won’t stay here for the summer, at least I won’t stay to take a class. This is because I most likely won’t have enough money to stay AND take the class, seeing as frugality is not one of my strong points. So if I do end up staying, I will most likely stay for one month in a Hasookjib (a guesthouse of sorts), and study on my own. I will be going to a bookstore within a few days to find the book that is used in UMBC Korean classes and practice speaking with the friends I have here. Also, this will give me a good amount of time to go exploring on my own, and not have to worry about making it back in time to get enough sleep for class. I don’t know how long this plan will last, seeing as the original plan didn’t last very long, but time will tell.