OOH! AH! EEE! OH, LIFE IN SOUTH KOREA
I know I’m not supposed to take it personally when kids run away, screaming, after I say "hello". But, I can’t help if I feel like some sort of space creature when it happens. Apart from said scream-and-runs, I’ve been getting a lot of “wows” and “oohs”, waves and stares, or kids just think I look like David Beckham.
This week I’m introducing myself to 22 classes filled with third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade elementary students. So far sessions have gone well. It’s the reactions I’ve been getting outside the classroom that make me feel like a fireworks display.
|The front of Bibong Elementary in Ochang, Korea. August, 2011.|
Even during breaks, kids have been jumping and/or peeking through cracks to see inside the English department’s office. Is this what it feels like to be a famous soccer player? Suddenly, I’m having flashbacks to signing autographs in Hong Kong.
To be honest, I’m just as thrilled to see them (if not more so). Everything is new and exciting for me as well. But, I’m trying really hard to contain my excitement. Can you imagine how a student would react if I started chasing them down the hall? Perhaps this should be my ‘small success’ for today.
Ooh! Ah! Eee! Oh, life in South Korea. I love it.