The morning commute to school was a bit different today just because I had to carry a full size cake onto the train. I’ve carried birthday presents to 하나고 before but nothing quite like this. Because of my efforts to stuff the cake in a bag (so the cake box shape wouldn’t be obvious—and the logo on the front), I ended up missing my usual train but making a later express train that got me to 연신내역 at my usual time. And because the express started out at 문신, there really weren’t many people on it so it was very comfortable. I’ll have to ride that train from now on. It gives me 14 extra minutes in the morning! How did I not know about this earlier?
Classes today were the same old same old. In 국어, there were no seats at the front of the class so I ended up sitting in the back next to some random male students and when the teacher walked in, he actually asked me why I wasn’t sitting in the front! I was shook by this immediate exclamation and my red face probably showed it. Because I was in the back, I realized that he did not single me out as much— probably because he knew I wasn’t paying as much attention as I usually do when I am in the center and at the front of the class. He told me I should come earlier so that I can get a seat at the front of the class. 🙂
I had a study period today too which was spent uploading a blog post and then working on some pages from my workbook. 세계사 was my class before lunch and because I have officially designated that class as 자습 시간, I literally just spent the whole time studying Korean.
Katie and I stuck around 하나고 for lunch today (surprising, I know right…) and so we got to eat with all our friends. And the lunch today was honestly my favorite we have had thus far into the semester. We ate 보쌈 with huge lettuce leaves and even had pear slices for dessert. It was the best!
After lunch, even though we were all stuffed by the really delicious lunch, we all met up at one of the lounge areas on the fourth floor in order for Katie and me to surprise 혜지 and 도윤 with their birthday cake. I bought plates and forks but forgot to buy a plastic knife (jokes on me… we found a plastic cutting knife inside the box after we finished eating…) so we just literally took the cake off the platter and put it on our plates using the forks. It was honestly really fun.
We hurriedly ate the cake in less than 10 minutes and then ran off to get to our next class. 혜지 did not want to take the left over cake so she handed it off to another student who ended up just sitting down and eating the cake in our classroom with some of the other girls. I couldn’t help but laugh at the sight—I laughed so hard my sides were hurting.
Last class of the day was 정치와 법 and the majority of it was discussions and then we switched to lectures for the second class. I was not in the mood to pay attention and 윤세 forgot her note sheets so I gave her mine while I just did some Korean studying.
Once school ended, it was off to our club meetings. The first club meeting of the semester! I was back with Bisera (the economics club). At first after class, 다은 and 기준 were going to take me to the meeting but I talked with a Katie a bit before separating for our respective clubs so I went by myself. I ended up running into 동철 on the staircase so we chatted for a bit and walked to the club meeting together. Apparently third years don’t really participate in their clubs (because the school would rather have them be studying for their exam in the fall–수능) but they do all tend to come to the first meeting so I got to see a lot of familiar faces: 주호 and 준호 in specific (and like I mentioned previously—동철.) We had everyone sit in a circle and I of course sat next to 지현~ We had the 3rd years and the new 1st years introduce themselves (I also did a 자기 소개 along with the Japanese exchange students that were joining us for that meeting only.)
Besides just talking and chatting, we spent the majority of the first hour of the meeting picking out colors for our sweatshirt hoodie. I was really excited for this because I definitely want to buy one! I hope they choose a cute color~~ (Got my hopes up a bit too high… everyone ended up voting on dark concrete gray…ugh)
I had to leave before the second hour of the club started so that I could have adequate time to study for our monthly test the following day so I rushed home to pick up my books. But before I left, this teacher came into our room to do attendance and he sees me and asks “Is she really a member?” And then after everyone says “yes” in unison, he goes “Since when?” Many of the students answered back with “Originally” or “Since last year” in my defense which really touched me! I cannot wait for the next meeting!
Lately at school, I am feeling a lot better. Last semester was kind of rough because things were so new and I felt lonely constantly but now that I have a secure group of friends and have more of a sturdy grasp on the Korean language, I feel like I am almost a part of this school :,) I know it may sound dumb but feeling like you stick out 24/7 can be frustrating. I just want to feel like I belong… In the moments that I forget that I am a foreigner and that I am different, I feel the most happy. Even if those moments are short or in frequent. They truly make up for the rest. To more days like today!
- Emma 엠마