I had the day off from school today due to … dun, dun, DUNNNN … the college entrance exams!
It’s a huge deal in Korea because all the highschool seniors will be taking a test to determine which group of colleges they can qualify for. I guess it is like the SATs in the States, but a lot more intense. Depending on your score, it raises or lowers the number of options you have. This test is held once a year and so if you don’t get a good enough score — uhhh, you gotta try again next year. Yeah, it sucks majorly.
Anyway, what does this have to do with middle school!?
Well, the Korean education department uses middle school teachers to help conduct the tests and they also use some middle school buildings as well. SO, no school for me!!! Wheee~~
I was talking to my coT about this and she said that the tradition is to buy the students taking the tests something sticky (like rice cakes) so that they can “stick” or make it to the level that they are aiming for. She actually went to go buy some sticky goodies for her daughter’s friends that are re-taking the test. Students who have a low score either usually wait a year to take it again or go ahead and attend one of the lower level colleges while preparing to take it again as well so that they can transfer out … aka UPGRADE.
It’s so crazy and I saw footage on the news with all these kids in the classrooms getting ready for the test. Wow, just looking at them waiting for the test to be distributed made ME nervous! Haha. There were also a lot of people waiting outside to greet the kids when they were done and to show support. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal.
The whole country is aware of this day and everyone make sure that during the time of the test that the noise is limited. Elementary schools start later, people don’t talk as loud, the police are out patrolling the area, and even cars don’t honk as loud. It’s quite amazing to see the collective effort and support for the high school seniors.
Anywho, I spent my day recuperating from the night before, doing a little shopping, and eating din with VD (aka catching up on the gossips … haha!).
A few people have also requested that I do some sort of food blog since I eat out so much and never go to the same place twice. I’m thinking about it. Haha.
Stay tuned. 😛