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Dear First Year Students

9 Sep

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed seeing all of you last night.

I live close to the University of Toronto, surrounded by Frat Houses and late last night I got to witness some amazing things.

Here are a four of events I loved so much!

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1. Paint Party Man. I loved the guy that was walking down the street covered in different colours of paint. What party did you come from? Was that part of a Frat initiation? Do you need any help getting those colours out of your clothes? Was it planned or spontaneous? Was there even a paint party or were you just painting your room?

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2. Love Birds. The guy and girl couple walking down the street. How long will you stay together? Did you meet tonight? What conversations did you have that made you think, yeah, he is worth my time. Are you going to your place or his?

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3. Fancy Ladies. The girls dressed up coming from a Frat house. They all looked so lovely, and awkward at the same time. Trying to play it off like they always wear these clothes, even though a few parts of the outfit do not match, and they look just a bit uncomfortable.

Ladies, you all look beautiful, and trust me, it is a good thing you girls are going home together. Although those frat boys might seem so cool right now, you are saving yourself having to fake that you enjoyed it.

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4. Boyz to Men. The two guys walking together to the frat house, double-checking the address to make sure this was the right place, taking a deep breath before they went into to house. I could see them gathering up their strength so that they complete the mission in front of them- seem cool, and attract a lady.

Ten Things I learned in Korea

9 Sep

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From February to August of 2012 I thought English in Busan, Korea. 

It was a great time and this is a humorous account of what I learned while in Korea.  

10. Paris Baguette is not that good.

I know some of you will not like that I say this, but it is not that good. Time and time again, I have given Paris Baguette a chance to redeem itself, I too was very excited that there was a Paris B. close to my house. However, there is a reason why you do not see any French people in Korea, they are still pissed off about the “bakery” being named after them.

9. Korean culture is LEGEND (wait for it) DARY 

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I know I have just scratched the surface and will never really understand it all. But from what I have learned, I have a newfound awe for Koreans and their way of life.

I hope to bring home the kindness and respect that I have learned from watching other Koreans interact.

It will take a while for me to stop using two hands for everything and bowing, but I honestly don’t mind.

8. Rock, Paper, Scissors can be a hilarious and dangerous game

Here is a video….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-XjtG9PU3o

7. Value of Education

Connecting with culture- I would like to highlight this one specifically. I admire the amount of respect Koreans show towards each other and themselves, in their work, school and relationships. We learned at the beginning of training how much money went into education in Korea, BUT it did not hit me how that affects a society until I lived it. Imagine if America put that much value in…. education…. in teachers…. in students. If that happened imagine all the improvements that would happen… I bet you a certain someone would not have been elected twice for office.

6. How to be the best charade player EVER

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This picture was taken the first time Kelly, Aimee and Cindy tried Makkoli. As you can see in their expressive faces they too …had to learn how to communicate in a country where you do not know the language. Through body language, gestures, and miming, somehow we all found a way to express ourselves.        

5. How to avoid awkward stares at a Jimjilbang

Since this only affects a few of you courageous females to enter a Jimjilbang…if you want to know the details, send me an email.

4. Koreans are not as open about Poop conversations as I previously was told.

When trying to start a conversation with my co teacher about how someone recently found out another form that poop can take…particularly the liquid type…That…Conversation… Got… Awkward. And that’s all I have to say about that.

3. How to think on your feet

When those lesson plans aren’t working… when the kids are confused or apathetic or when you forgot to make a lesson plan, quick thinking and decision-making skills definitely come in handy.

2. The Wire is amazing and EVERYONE should watch it.

The amount of leisure time I had was amazing and this allowed me to educate my self in many different ways I did not have time for otherwise.

Lastly, the number one thing I learned in Korea is…

1. The best way to face a challenge is through laughter.

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