Hello! I’m Seungyeon living in Korea. Thank you very much for allowing me to live as an exchange student for a year. My English name is Lauren.
My family consists of four members, mother, father, younger sister, and me. My father is a soldier, and my mother is a social worker. I often talk to my parents about school life and friends. We watch movies at home or go to places near our house during the holiday season. We go to church every Sunday. My parents are volunteering as a choir, and I volunteered in the kindergarten class until last year. I go to public high school. I enjoy school happily with my friends and I’m doing well with teachers. I am living in a dormitory in the school. So I am accustomed to living with strangers and keeping the common rules and adapting to new circumstances.
My close friends say I’m a bright and calm kid. My friends say that I am a child who is warmhearted and is trying to accept and correct it quickly if someone points out something wrong from me. My hobbies are watching movies and taking pictures. I watched a movie at least once a month, and I have watched what I liked five times. I can see all kinds of genres, but I can’t watch horror movies.
Also, I like to take pictures of my friends and animals. Especially, I like to take pictures with my friends in a studio or beautiful place. I made a postcard with pictures of my own. The most interesting thing that I am interested in nowadays is animals. I have never kept animals at home, but I love animals. So I’d like to make a career path related to this.
My best friends are three friends in the middle school. Those are my friends to whom I want to deliver what happened to me faster than anyone else. I usually spend time talking to friends at cafe.
I am very interested about women’s rights and wrote a paper on feminism as a school project this year. But I remember having conflicting opinions with many students in a survey aimed at students. I knew that they usually have a negative view of the idea of feminism, but it was much more mentally difficult than I thought. I felt satisfied that I had done some pretty meaningful activities after finishing my project.
Also, I traveled to the Bohol Island in the Philippines this year, and I was snorkeling in a very clean and blue sea. The coral and the fish in the sea were so beautiful. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the scenery in the ocean.
I go to the welfare center every Sunday and do volunteer work. I am doing activities such as cleaning, serving meals, and talking with elderly people. These activities helped me improve my personality. Since I was constantly doing it every week, I became close with elderly people, which became very meaningful to me. When I was in middle school, I volunteered in the kindergarten class of the church. After the worship, I went to the kindergarten class and helped children to organize their classes and concentrate on the worship. There were many things that I learned and felt as I spent three years volunteering in the kindergarten class.
What I look forward to during the exchange student participation is making delightful memories in America. I want to make delightful memories with friends in school, and I want to make good memories with you. I want to be more active in my life in America. Unlike Korea, I know that there are many big festivals in America. In particular, I am very curious about the American scenery of Halloween. I would like to join the festival to learn about the culture associated with the festival in America. I would like to share Korean food such as Tteokbokki with friends and hosts in America. Also, if possible, I would like to wear Hanbok, a traditional Korean costume, and take pictures together.
The another reason why I applied for an exchange student was because I wanted to talk freely with foreigners. I thought if I spent a year as an exchange student, I would be able to communicate with them. Also, I wanted to improve my English ability because I wanted to watch my favorite actor’s video clips without Korean subtitles. The perfect sentence is immature yet. But I study hard to communicate through one on one English speaking class via phone.
Thank you again for volunteering for me in America. I will try to be a good family member. Thank you.