I'm continuously impressed or entertained by some of the work my students complete and finally realized I should be sharing some of it. One of my classes recently had the writing topic 'What is most important' and as you'll see, their answers were pretty stellar.
For more reasons than one this past week has been a struggle. Coming into the summer months I thought things would just cruise along, but apparently life just can't always be that easy. I set myself up for a long week by visiting a friend in Mokpo last weekend, it wasn't the visit that was a problem, just the effort it takes in getting there. Wanting to maximize our time I decided to stay until Monday, and thanks to traffic that meant arriving back in Andong at 2:30 before my class at 4:00pm, not ideal. This week also marked the beginning of reading classes, a nice shift from the 45 minute vocabulary sessions I previously was in charge of, but I can see it's going to be a challenge for some students. My real issue came on Tuesday when Sam sprang a new schedule on me, adding another minion class to my current late start days, and stealing a few of my favorite students.
First I want to congratulate myself for staying in such a [relatively] positive mood after getting hit by a car and dealing with it all in a foreign country. The accident, dealing with insurance, multiple doctors visits and a remaining scar on my face were not thing I had planned for the month of May, but I dealt with it. Today though I reached my breaking point, in fact I actually almost came to tears, the only time throughout all of this, but it wasn't because of the pain, discomfort or scar. These tears were due to the frustration I felt with the people around me, the receptionists, dental hygienist and dentist himself who treated me this morning. This morning, on my second visit to "Mr. Woo's Dental Clinic" I felt like a complete outsider, the fact that I was the 위국인 or 'foreign white girl' was clearly evident, and I was not amused. I get that I stand out in Korea, Andong especially, but I'm generally a pretty good sport about it. I don't when kids point, stare or do a double take, I even take pictures with random strangers when they ask, but today my visit to the dentist office left a bad taste in my mouth.