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Reisverslag OMWT: post midterm examination period
27 oktober 2014
OMWT: post midterm examination period
When we arrived it was so much stress to just arrange everything; we had to fill in so much paperwork and stuff and everything was communicated by just one office: the international office. Communication was often very very slow and sometimes you wouldn't even receive a reply at all. I just wonder why they didn't split stuff up into more offices, for example one for Seoul campus and one for Suwon campus, or per faculty. Fortunately most of the stuff has to be arranged in the first two weeks; if you're living your student life right you don't really have to do anything with this office anymore.
But then, the lectures start and you are just so surprised by how much it resembles secondary education. Lectures are often started with the teacher calling everyone's name to check if they are present. I usually don't hear the teachers so people around me got used to pointing at me when the teacher calls my name and I didn't notice. Yes, I don't hear most of the teachers; I think because of my handicap, but also because of the way the teachers speak English, which is usually very softly. So then I'm sitting there, either in my lecture during 1 hour and 15 minutes or in other 'double' lectures which last for 2 hours and 30 minutes. I'm sitting there usually doing nothing much, every now and then glancing at the powerpoint and peaking at the notes my classmates make.
In between my lectures I usually have about 2 hours of break. Sometimes I would grab a lunch with my friends Kimberly (Dutch) and Jaewan (Korean), other times I would go to the student center, situated on the campus, to just relax in the dance club. I feel my breaks are more useful than the lectures. This feeling got totally justified by the midterms.
I was so surprised and flabbergasted by the questions being asked on the midterms. The answers were mostly just repeating the teacher's words or the book, instead of applying your knowledge to some case which is usually how knowledge in Utrecht University is examinated. The history test was way more about facts than any test I had in high school. The course name is "History and Culture of East Asia" in particular about South-Korea. The second question of the test was: 'In which year did Stalin die?' I was like... 'are you kidding me? this is stupid and ridiculous!' The remaining questions were 19 other short questions which you could answer using just 1 word. Questions like:
Who lost the (first) Sino-Japanese war?
In what year was the Moscow conference held?
What does DPRK stand for?
What is the most popular university in North Korea?
With which country did Korea sign the Kanghwa treaty?
My dear readers, what kind of questions are those? Like.. seriously?
I think I failed the test because I didn't expect questions like this. I'm used to getting to understand the message of the book and applying it somehow. I didn't study hard in the first place, though, because I already expected that I would study the wrong things anyway.
The tests for 'Traditional Thoughts of East Asia' and 'Population and Politics of Contemporary Korea' were really easy and didn't require studying at all. The only course for which I tried my best was Korean Language Program. The new Korean words I learned aren't very useful, but I feel that Koreans appreciate the effort. And besides, people say that my Korean handwriting looks pretty nice, haha.
Anyways, my tests aren't graded yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I did get grades for 4 essays I wrote: a 9 and three 10s... A 6 is considered to be very very bad over here. Definitely, different standards.
Now, the only things remaining is writing a few more essays, doing a group project and then the finals. This means that students usually get tested twice during a semester (midterm and finals). It reminds me of those test weeks which I had in high school. My conclusion is that I want to go back to Utrecht University where education is maybe not excellent, but at least different from high school standards.
But what I'm really going to miss when I'll be back in The Netherlands are the student clubs. I'll really miss soccer and dancing... So enjoying it while I'm here is my priority. The annual performance of the dance club is held on this Thursday. I'm practicing a lot. Wish me luck, or as the Koreans say: Fighting~~! ^_^
28 oktober 2014 23:27 | Door: mama
29 oktober 2014 09:14 | Door: Jacomijn
Leuk om te lezen, en wat een verschil met hier. Ik kon de vragen al bijna beantwoorden ;-) Past deze voorbereiding ook beter bij de arbeidsmarkt daar?
Veel plezier nog met de zinvollere sociale activiteiten!