A Typical Day at School During Winter Break
Vacation plans and goals
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On a typical Thursday during winter vacation, the campus seems quite empty and idle on the surface. As It turned out, beneath it were some bustling Hanyangians working on their own tasks. Taking a glimpse into their schedules, it was clear that students were spending their break being occupied by various duties and responsibilities. News H this week brought few students’ stories about their life during this winter break.
Park Yun-dong (English Language and Literature, 2nd year) and Ko Ga-yeon (English Language and Literature, 2nd year) are the president and vice president of their major and are therefore in charge of assisting numerous events and activities. Attending weekly meetings held among the student council members of the department, school affairs seem to lie at the center of their vacation. Their main objectives are to outline programs for the two-nights-three-days bonding camp for the freshmen, increase the number of convenient facilities in the basement room, and plan for upcoming back-to-school events. “Doing what I’m delegated to keeps me busy enough. Giving myself more time to focus on my personal concerns would be too overwhelming. As the president, I don’t want to fail anybody!” exclaimed Park.
At the café near the outdoor theater, a group of three were putting their heads together, working on a task with flaming devotion. It turned out that they are seniors at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, trying to get their graduation thesis finished. They unfolded their achievements of the past two months during the break, most of which were heavily related to academics and career-building: taking official exams, preparing for graduate school, and looking for jobs. It was evident that the three had no spare time to invest in enjoyable, relaxing activities. They are all ready to graduate and step into the bigger society.
Alone in the practice room of the club Dasalnolae was an electronic guitarist Heo Ji-min (Department of Chinese Language and Literature, 2nd year), rehearsing a song to be performed at the freshmen bonding camp. Dasalnolae is a band club in the College of Humanities, performing at events like camps and school festivals. The nearest performance is going to be at the camp aforementioned, possibly attracting new recruiters. “I come to school more than three times a week to practice. The song I was just practicing is Uptown Funk, which is one of the songs we are performing in less than two weeks. I am actually the captain of the electronic guitar team, so it's only natural that I practice more. I guess during this break I didn't do anything much besides coming to school for music practice,” recalled Heo.
A graduate student couple from the Department of Earth Resources and Environmental Engineering were near the Hanyang Plaza, on their way to grab a bite to eat during lunch break. Eldalatony Marwa is currently studying to get her doctorate degree, while her husband El-Sayed Salama had already achieved the same goal. As full-time student and researcher, they are required to come to school every day to carry out experiments, rendering their vacation virtually nonexistent. “Although we would like to go on trips, we obviously can’t. We still manage to visit places nearby, like Namie Island or even to Busan during weekends. I’m eagerly looking forward to getting my doctorate degree this June,” remarked Marwa.
Enjoying hot coffee and cordially conversing, Kim Jae-hyun (Bio-Engineering Major, 3rd year) and Kim Jae-yoon (Department of History, 1st year) were in a café in the Humanities Building. When asked why they came to school during vacation, they simply answered they wanted to hang out since they hadn't seen each other for a while. Jae-hyun is currently taking a year off because he wants to focus on his personal studies aside from school work. His goal is to become a prominent pharmacy researcher. On the other hand, Jae-yoon just returned from military service and is ready to return to school this semester. He made the big decision to reregister as a first-year student, although he was to be a sophomore this year. Jae-yoon wasn't content with his achievements during his first year, which is why he wants to start over and put more effort into academic work.
Jeon Chae-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Moon Ha-na
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