Saturday, February 16, 2019

2nd week of the semester


I have now finished my second week of the new semester. Time is going slow for now (this felt like the end of the 3rd week), which I'm actually really happy about. I feel like I'll get more out of the year this way. 2018 went by too fast and I'm planning to make a lot more out of 2019!

I'm already feeling the pressure due to the many pages of homework we have to read as well as the presentations in Korean class - especially because the level of Korean we study now is so much higher.
 Here is some of what we are doing these days: reading texts and retelling them.
If only there were more hours in a day so I had more time to study.

But I'm utilizing my transportation time well by studying in the train. My internal clock has gotten used to waking up this early but to keep it up, I'm also waking up super early on Tuesday (day of no class) and weekends. It gives me a couple of hours of quiet, which is also nice.

Because I spend at least 9 hours on studying on the days that I have class, I value my free day, my weekends, and my bed a lot more when I can just be home and relax.

Another highlight from this week was when I found out that the junior that I have Korean classes with, Anna, had a good knowledge of Korean before getting into our university. Why do I care about that?
Well.. last week I mentioned how I felt bad inferior since she was that much better than me at Korean. That was actually the reason that I did not relax on Tuesday but instead spent all day doing Korean homework.
But after my other underclassmen mentioned how Anna had gone to Korea for summer school etc. before getting into uni, I suddenly felt a lot better. I had unfairly compared myself with her. The feeling of inferiority has turned into that of inspiration.
I also learned the she has these drop-in conversation classes on Thursdays and I plan to go next week with Jasmin.

Speaking of Thursday, this Thursday was Valentine's Day and I'm as single as can be.
It's not even like I'm celebrating the day but still it bothered me a bit this year. Maybe because I actually had a boyfriend last year at this time?
Our Korean teacher was super sweet, though, and brought us little ferrero rocher balls. I think that saved the day for me.

Oh and Nio has come back from Japan! She is taking Videnskabsteori with Jasmin and I so now the Holy Trinity of J-Popcon's maid café is gathered! That excites me. I hope we grow even closer to Nio this semester.
 Videnskabsteori can get pretty dry so Jasmin and I made a deal to bring sweets to class so we won't run out of sugar. I brought chocolate cookies this Wednesday and she brought these chocopie knock offs that her boyfriend, Jaebong (재봉), had brought from Korea when he visited her last month.

The last picture I want to share is one I took while on the train Yesterday. It's not really focused on anything, I just like looking at it because the past few days have been sunny. I've actually been wearing t-shirts for two days now and some days it's no longer jetblack outside at 5am.

Lastly, I want to share with you 4 great songs below:
I don' t wanna get out of futon is a song, by a Japanese rockband, that made me laugh. Ironically, it popped up in my suggested videos on Youtube this morning while I was enjoying not having to get out of bed. In winter, I connect to this song on a spiritual level.

Cold is the newest song by SHINee's Key. It came out 2 days ago and has a very chill vibe. If you have things to do, it's great as background music.

The third video is by the Canadian-Korean youtuber, Suggi, whose channel I found a few days ago. The linked video is his cover of Korean singer Sunmi's (선미) song Siren. I really enjoy his take on the song but if you want to hear an original song by him, I suggest you listen to his song astroboy.

The last song is EXO's Universe. It's not a new song but after it popped up on my karaoke app, I've started listening to it a lot to relax.

Enjoy the
•°☆~〜Music of the day〜~☆°•

Saturday, February 9, 2019

First week of the new semester


Today I feel happy.

There are a lot of thoughts on my mind. Good thoughts. A lot of things to blog about, and I'm excited to get started. It might be this inspired feeling that is bringing me here today, or it might be that I just feel at ease for having worked out a couple of things this early in the year.

I'll talk about all of that later. Today I just want to write a little update.

The first week of school is over and I want to share my thoughts.

I've been preparing for this semester mentally for a while since I knew that it was going to be pretty hard in terms of transportation and the expectations I'll have to meet.

My classes are spread out, which means I have to spend a totalt of 24 hours on transportation each week. I also have to wake up at ungodly hours but the good thing is that I get to watch a lot of pretty sunrises. I took this picture on my first day of school!
It's been hard getting used to having to get up so early in the morning (and going to bed at 9pm) but I'm finally getting the hang of it. The first days I had no appetite at 4.30 in the morning but the bakery section in Fakta Q, right beside my university, saved me. 

To best make use of the time, I've tried working out a schedule for how to utilize the time spent on transportation. I'm still figuring out what exactly to do and when but so far I've spent the morning rides reading up on homework for that day's class, and the afternoon preparing text for the next class. When I get more used to waking up this early, I plan to practice Korean as well.

The subjects I'm taking this semester is Korean C, the last and hardest level of Korean offered as part of my degree, and Videnskabsteori.
My Korean teacher, Choi seonsaengnim (최선생님), had twins last summer so my Korean teacher this semester is a new one named Ryu Jaewon (류재원). She's pretty young, really nice, and easy enough to understand so far. I have Korean class with one of my own classmates, Maria, a bunch of hubaes (후배 = my juniors), and two seniors, one, Mark, of whom I've had two classes with before.
During our first class, we had to do a little presentation of ourselves and that's what these notes are from. The new semester will have us do a lot of presentations in Korean, which is why I hope to better my Korean a lot and quickly (but also because one of my juniors is EXTREMELY good at Korean and I kind of feel bad that she's better than me since I, as far as I know, have been studying Korean longer than her).

Videnskabsteori (scientific theory?) is a subject that I'm retaking and the first time I did so, two years ago, was not a success. We were not exactly happy about the teacher, so I was both nervous and looking forward to have this new teacher.
Although I'd heard from sour juniors that this teacher was cool, I was still positively surprised. 
I take Videnskabsteori with Su and Mathilde from my own class, Jasmin, a bunch of other Korean Studies juniors, and a lot of Japan Studies students including Nio and a few volunteers from our maid café.

This teacher is young as well and his way of teaching is a fresh breath of air. We laughed several times during class from a personal stories he told us. As a linguist himself, I feel like he did a great job at including both us and the Japan Studies students.
He was so into what he was teaching. Look at his arm movements!
 And also, emojis in his powerpoint presentations.

Friday, Jasmin and I were supposed to eat lunch/dinner with our friend Sangheon (상헌). He's a Korean, who came to Denmark around the beginning of last year (or end of 2017) to play soccer.
Well, he ended up being sick so Jasmin and I went out to grab crepes before I took the train back home.
Here's a cute picture of Jasmin I took as we were walking.

That's what I had to share for now.

I'm excited for next week but also happy that it's weekend.
I should go read some homework now..

Until next blog post!
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