Hello, my name is Mingyu. First of all, thank you for allowing me to stay with you during the exchange student program. I am living in Korea, and my English name is Edward. I live here with my parents and my younger sister.
My dad is a military officer and helicopter pilot, so I have many experiences in visiting military bases, riding a helicopter and any other experiences there. People often say I am manly because I resemble to my dad. My mom is a social worker. I didn’t know what social workers do before, but I could understand it because I saw my mother help elderly. With my mom, I volunteered serving a meal to poor people and delivered food in holiday. I was overwhelmed with joy. My younger sister is a student and she is cute and kind. We often have argument, but when parents are out, we depend on each other and are friendly brother and sister.
In Korea, parents discipline their children at dining table, such as how to eat politely and behave well toward others. It could be strict for children, but this happens in natural atmosphere. Our family trust and respect each other because of this precious time.
I go to school. My school has clubs and students choose club that they want to join and do activities once a month. I am in the soccer club, and when I play soccer, I feel like my stress that has piled up goes away, and feel more close with club peers, so I cannot wait for club activity.
My dad is a soldier, so we have moved many times. So I think my adaptability to new environment is better than other students. I want to be on intimate terms with my friends, so I treat my friends nicely, and I listen carefully to my friends. During my class president terms, I listen to my classmates carefully and do not criticize them when they make a mistake. I give them advice about their wrong part. Also, I always treat my seniors and teachers politely.
I have played soccer and any other sports with my dad since I was young, so my motor sensation is good and I like nearly all sports. Also, I have played the piano since I was in the kindergarten, my music skills are good.
I stayed in New Zealand for four months when I was an elementary student. I remember a trip to New Zealand beach with my host family. Also, I played games with my host son, and played soccer together. From that time, I do not know why but I want to be a diplomat. Traveling to the other countries, although we didn’t know each other’s languages well, it was amazing that I spend times with foreigners different from Koreans, and it was fantastic that I could understand them. I was just happy with those times. My aspiration is planning how to accomplish my dream clearly during this exchange student program.
I have known this program in the newspaper. The reason I apply for the program is that I want to be more independent and experience American cultures let alone improving my English skills. I also want to make American friends. To be adjusted in America, I am studying American history as well as English. There is obvious difference between our cultures and American cultures, so I want to know how different they are such as how they spend their birthday and holidays. As a Korean, I want to teach them K pop and learn recipe of bulgogi and tteokboki and make it for them, and I will bring a lots of Korean caramel (Mychew) to America because I heard they like them very much.
Finally, thank you for volunteering for my host family, and I hope to spend nice time with you.