Wind and Stream Experience Reflection

In class on Tuesday I really enjoyed getting to experience some of the elements of the Wind and Stream performance hands-on. Although some of the women did not have very large roles, I could really sense that they were passionate about their work and studies from the way that they enthusiastically pursued their endeavors and sang wholeheartedly. And although they could not speak much English, they were kind when instructing those of us who sang with the fishing net, and when assisting other students in creating hats. It was very interesting to me how kindness exceeds even the language barrier, and how a smile says so much.


One element I really appreciated about getting to meet the performers from Jindo in class before watching them on stage was that I got to be even more excited when they sang songs that I recognized. The day of the performance, I showed all of the students in my Chinese class the Arirang song, and by the end of class everyone was singing it. Due to that, when the Dance Traditions students began to sing Arirang during the show it had much more of a significance for me than it would have if I hadn’t been exposed to it in the private setting before hand. Now, I printed out the lyrics, and I am determined to memorize the solo versus because they are so fun!  


In addition, I did not expect to see Professor Park sing! It was so interesting. During the show my friend Samantha turned to me and asked, “When did she have time to work on this? Didn’t they just arrive from Jindo?” In fact, I am still curious about when she had the time to learn all of the choreography, music, and lighting but it was exciting nonetheless. Prof. Park and all of the other performers were very convincing: when they were sad they wailed, and when they were happy they danced and I really got to feel like I was in a small town in Korea.


In addition, I appreciated how everything had significance in one way or another. If I am to choose my two favorite scenes they would be the scene of the woman dancing, and the scene where Professor Kang and the man from Jindo sat down and played instruments while singing a tale. I would have to choose those two because of how meticulously prepared they seemed and due to their well execution. The dancers feet for example, were what really made the dance interesting for me (in the least creepy way possible). She would perfectly flex her foot and move in a fluid way where our eyes were caught in a balance between watching the flow of her dress and the strong lines of her feet while she danced. She was graceful, and a lot of emotion was conveyed even though nothing was said. And the way that you played that instrument (was it a harp?) was awesome. I appreciate how cultured everyone in the performance was and I learned a lot. In terms of critique, I would only hope that it could be in a location more accessible to students. Luckily, I found a ride, but the bus would have be 40 minutes there and back from campus. This is a performance I believe a lot of students on campus could benefit from but may not know about, or be able to travel for, but aside from that it was splendid!


Poet Mah Chonggi’s Poetry Reading Reflection

Though I major in Korean and minor in Chinese, writing has a special place in my heart. Throughout high school, I attempted to write three novels and two plays, dedicating a large chunk of my time to writing, reading, and editing. The rest of my time, aside from schoolwork, was spent self-studying Mandarin Chinese. I was exposed to Mandarin Chinese in the 7th grade, and I have been hooked on it ever since. I guess one could say I was drawn to language because it was yet another medium for self-expression. It gave me infinite more ways to enunciate the things I wanted to say. I was exposed to the Korean language much later, at the beginning of my senior year of high school. I was over high school’s small community drama and even smaller class sizes and found myself at the Ohio State University full-time through the Academy Program studying everything I could get my hands on. As with great friends, I discovered that my passion for the language was not deterred because I was exposed to Korean at a later time. The moment I began to study, it just clicked.

I truly enjoyed listening to Mah Chonggi because his work is a fluid mesh of two of my favorite things: writing and language. Mah changed how I viewed poetry because when asked, “What do you do when you have writer’s block” in the Q&A portion of the night, he responded with a nonchalant, “I don’t.” To clarify, he did not say that he does not cope with writer’s block, but instead that he does not get it. He went on to explain that writing poetry does not need to be overly practiced and that if he does not know what to write or particularly feel like writing, he doesn’t. That boggled my mind. For years, every writing teacher I have had preached that it does not matter what you write as long as you stay in the habit of writing and this man completely contradicted their teachings. Why? He was a doctor for thirty years. When he wasn’t in school busily studying to become a doctor, he was working hard hours as one, and he simply did not have the luxury of writing freely or consistently. That, however, was what molded his writing. He described a moment he’d never forget: he was in an American hospital after a patient passed away, and looked out at the falling autumn leaves and thought about how people, too, fall. That was the inspiration for one of his most famous poems.

That struck me deeply. It was profound. When I imagine that moment, I hear the numbing shrill of the EKG ringing throughout the room as the clock steadily ticks on, and I understand how sometimes writing just happens. Even more, it is okay to just let it happen. In writing, language learning, and my personal life I find that I often cannot find the will to just let things happen. The same routines that ground me are the ones that will not let me free. I learned from Mah Chonggi that many of life’s lessons cannot be planned for and that I need to be in the present to receive them. He also taught me, that it doesn’t take a certain major in college to be a writer– he was a doctor of all things. Being a writer takes heart and a person with something to say, that in the moment, has the courage to say it. 

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Education Abroad Expo Reflection

On September 4, 2018, I attended the Education Abroad Expo at the Ohio Union. The Expo qualified as an Academic Event for my International Affairs Scholars requirement. The event impacted me very positively. I am very interested in studying abroad in both China and Korea for either semester or year-long programs and the Expo informed me about looking for scholarships, programs, and deadlines. The event changed my perspective on study abroad, pertaining to financing because there are many more scholarship possibilities than I thought. The Office of East Asian Studies has scholarships that are not need-based that I will now be applying to, thanks to the Education Abroad Expo.


The Education Abroad Expo related to the topic of International Affairs because it showed students that studying abroad can be affordable and accessible. I believe education abroad is a truly necessary component to one’s college experience if one plans to work in an international environment or with people from different backgrounds from them. Education abroad allows us to expand our mindset, perspectives, and worldviews which equips us with necessary skill sets for work and daily life. Experiencing other cultures provides us with many benefits, including increased empathy, expanded linguistic abilities, and the ability to cater to a larger market of people. I am currently studying both Mandarin Chinese and Korean, and this event also united me with like-minded individuals from many different disciplines across the University.


If I could design my ideal education abroad experience, it would be a year-long intensive language and study program that would take place in both China and Korea. Students would first attend Yonsei University and study Korean and Korean culture classes for an entire semester, paying close attention to speaking, reading, and syntax comprehension. Students would have to take a series of speaking, reading, and grammatical tests to be admitted into the program as it would cover two semesters of Korean in one semester. In addition to the Korean courses, students would take their level of Chinese at Yonsei in Korean, so that they are preparing themselves for the next semester while being exposed to teachers’ grammar in Korean. After the first semester, Students would attend Qinghua University in China, where they would take two semesters worth of Chinese in one semester. In addition, they would take their level of Korean language in Chinese.


For those who could handle the program, their language abilities would rapidly advance, they would get a chance to experience the culture firsthand, and their brains would be trained to work tri-lingually and translate more spontaneously.  Knowing myself, I would benefit greatly from my study abroad experience. I have been abroad, as well as away from home for long periods of time, and I have not experienced homesickness. I like to believe that I have quite a nomadic soul. I hope to travel around the world for some expanse of time after graduation from the Ohio State University. There are so many places that I would love to see, and a wide array of languages and cultures I want to learn about. My study abroad experience would put at a nice professional speaking ability in both languages so that I could confidently pursue employment opportunities in the United States or Abroad that require fluid language use and cultural understanding. I hope that one day I can bring an American perspective to conversations with international business people and vice versa in the States. One of the first steps towards that goal is to study abroad, and the Education Abroad Expo was crucial in making me more informed about my options.

Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email Delete these instructions and add your own post.

  • Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc.
  • Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
  • Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
  • Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
  • Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]


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About Me

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