In July, I finally got some long-awaited information! I found out which Korean high school I will be attending for the 9 months on program! I will be attending Hana Academy (하나고등학교) which is a private high school located in Seoul, South Korea.
하나고등학교 (ha-na-go-deung-hag-gyo) is a very recently established school compared to the high school I attended in the states. It was founded in 2010; therefore, it is less than 10 years old! I am older than this school! (On the other hand, my high school in the states was founded in 1890.)
하나고등학교 was founded by Hana Financial Group (one of the largest ones in Korea– according to Wikipedia!)
Not only is 하나고등학교 a very well-known school due to its high rankings and low admission rate, it has also been used as a location for some Korean dramas!
It was utilized for the filming of High School: Love On and Gentleman’s Dignity.
I have never seen either of them, but it is pretty cool… nonetheless!
One unique aspect of this school (compared to the other NSLI-Y high schools) is that this one is actually a boarding school, so all the students live at the school. From alumni that attended this school last year, they let me know that this aspect can be a difficult thing to overcome when it comes to participating in extracurricular activities and hanging out with the students outside of class. However, it also creates a unique dynamic for the student body and staff.
I am really excited to be able to attend a Korean high school to be more immersed in society (and to pick up some natural Korean!) I also am super excited to wear a uniform? Is that weird? I have never had to wear one before (I have only attended public schools), so I am ready to experience that. (At 하나고등학교 they were a standard uniform Mon-Wed and then they have a casual sweatsuit type outfit for Thurs-Fri.)
Okay, that is all I have to share about my high school! I cannot wait to be able to attend and make plenty of new memories! Gotta make my 5th year of high school count! haha Thanks for reading! 다음에 봐요!
- Emma 엠마