I have been a terrible blogger!
So it’s been both a really boring, and a really eventful week.
I’m still settling in to teaching, and still unpacking my apartment. This week, I’ve gotten home every night around 6, and then walking around my neighborhood for a bit. By the time 8:00 rolls around I’m always exhausted, so I go to bed shortly after. (Wooooo, so exciting!)
I’ve had some ups and downs this week, but mostly ups. The only bummer is that I don’t have wifi at my place yet, but I’m hopeful that I’ll get it next week.
I really like my area. There are a million and one restaurants, plenty of convenience stores, and it’s busy enough for me to feel like I’m in a city, but chill enough not to be overwhelming.
My students so far have been either super excited, really disinterested, or somewhere in between.
Invariably they have all loved beatboxing. No matter what class it’s been, when I beatboxed for them students woke up, and re-engaged. So that’s been cool. The coolest moment I’ve had with students was yesterday, I was walking home and a group of girls spotted me across the school yard and shouted “Emily, Emily!” (Technically they’re supposed to call me Miss Williams, but I’ll take what I can get). They all started trying to beatbox using the phrase I’d taught them (Boots&Skirts) and then I beatboxed for them some more and they loved it. I told them to have a nice weekend and they enthusiastically said ”Me too! Me too have a nice weekend!” (I think they meant “you too”). It was really sweet.
Overall, the week has been good. Stressful at times, but good. Korean schools are just run a little different than American schools, so it’s been a little bit of an adjustment. Like for instance, it’s pretty much ok for students to hit each other in the halls and in between classes.
Also, classes DO NOT START ON TIME. Like if the bell rings for class to start at 2:15, then the teacher leaves their office at 2:16, and class starts around 2:17 or 2:18. So that’s really interesting. (But, I can dig it!)
Anyway, my time at this PC Bang is about to run out, so now I’m off to (hopefully not get lost in) downtown Daegu!