Korean Foreign Exchange Student Considers Full Day Of School Here Half Time
3/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
By Nick Freimuth
School in Door County is nothing like it is in South Korea. Southern Door foreign exchange student Na Hye Rin feels like she is on vacation with the short seven hour school days here in the U.S.
Following an evening of Korean food and conversation at Roland and Sue Smith’s home recently, Hye Rin told us one thing about her country that absolutely blew us away. South Korean schools start at 7:00 AM and by junior year they go to school until midnight. She listed a number of the 14 classes Korean students take each day.
In Seo Cheon, high school is only three years. Freshman year students are in school five days per week from 7:00 AM until 9:00 p.m., sophomores get out at 10:00 p.m. and their final year juniors do not get out of school until midnight.
Na Hye Rin would like to attend college after high school with the dream of becoming a Korean history teacher some day. A popular misconception Koreans have about Americans is that everyone is super tall, according to Na Hye Rin.
If you get the opportunity to meet Na Hye Rin during her final three months in Door County, Sue Smith offered a little Korean lesson to make her feel more at home.
Na Hye Rin left the Smith Residence with a grocery bag filled with Korean goodies, supplies and five new Door County friends in the Freimuth/Smith Family.
If you would like to listen to the entire interview with Na Hye Rin or Sue Smith click on the audio links below: