Hello! First of all, I would like to give my sincere appreciation to the host families who volunteered for exchanging students so that I could live in America for one year. I am Hajin, student living in Korea. I live with my parents and one older sister. My family is harmonious, active and positive. My sister and I have a lot of opportunities to talk with my parents because their workplace is home, and it seems that this has made my family more friendly and happy so far. My family often spends our family time together watching movies. My parents are also teachers in the church, and my sister is a piano player as volunteer there. I am a faithful participant.
The school I attend is about 10 minutes walking distance from my house. I think that our school is a fun space for most students, and it is a place to make memories with friends. Although most of us are struggling to go to college, we are all trying to encourage each other and to create happy and enjoyable school days. I am in a school where I make precious memories with my friends. At school I pray with Christian brothers every day. I was also the vice president of the drama club, where I learned leadership and became more interested in the play.
My personality is positive, sociable and bright. I get along well with my friends and teachers. When I have free time, I usually like to meet friends or listen to and sing songs. I like to work out with my friends and I am also interested in mathematics.
I participated in the program called Dream School during winter vacation. Dream School is a program in which teachers helps students find dreams through various experiences in various fields. The theme of the school I participated in was “travel”. I traveled to various places my home town. I was able to meet many people and have various experiences and learned about places I did not know before. The last program of the School of Dreams was a ‘festival’ where we introduced places we traveled and opened exhibitions to show and present what we experienced and learned. I was in charge of host the festival. Through the School of Dreams program, I have become more sociable and able to broaden my thinking.
I participated in the service of caring for the handicapped. I met young children who were not able to move on their own there. I helped them, such as bathing and feeding. I realized many things in volunteer activities. For example, I feel gratitude for having a healthy body, sadness and discomfort for the handicapped. Through this experience, I became more mature and deepened.
My sister has been to the United States for over a year with the American Exchange Student Program. She came back and told me that it was a very happy experience. At that time I had no idea what my sister was saying. But now I would like to take part in the Exchange Student Program.
My first expectation for exchange students is to live happily and merrily with American friends just as I do with my Korean friends. I also want to participate in the play in the American school if possible by taking advantage of my experience in Korean high school. I also would like to experience many activities that I cannot do in Korea High School, which I heard through my sister. And I look forward to being part of the American family and actually getting into real American life. Unlike in Korea, for example, I heard the United States has a culture that gives tips at restaurants. I have a lot of curiosity about how it came about first, how it is done, and the wonderful culture of respecting the person regardless of whatever job he has. I would like to go to an American restaurant and experience a tip culture once. I also want to experience various American cultures that I do not know.
If I go to the United States at this opportunity, I would like to give my American friends a chance to explain the culture of Korea and experience it if possible. For example, you can make a simple jegi (Korean traditional playing a small toy which you keep kicking without dropping on the ground) or fly a kite. In Korea, since I was a knowledge-oriented education rather than an experience, I am very much looking forward to school life in the United States where I can do various activities. Also, I think it would be good to have time to share the food I had in Korea or the music I had listened to.
Once again, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your volunteering for the Exchange Student Program and for giving me the opportunity to go to America. I will do my best to be a happy family and a good memory for one year in America.