Which book did you find the most valuable and why? Which task/project did you find the most challenging and why? Which task/project seemed the most valuable? What changes would you recommend to the unit in order to enhance learning and opportunities to think more deeply?

I personally liked reading the book Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See because I was able to sympathize with both Snow Flower and Lily in the novel. They were friends for a long time but there were truths hidden behind their happiness. When Lily finds out Snow Flower’s secrets, she becomes outraged that she gradually parts away from her friend. For me, communication is very important because without it, I imagine all sorts of things. Therefore, Snow Flower should have informed Lily about her family because Lily was more than ready to understand everything about Snow Flower. Another reason why I liked the book so much was because the book applies to my life as well. A long time ago, I had a friend who used to share secrets with me all the time. We felt extremely close to each other; however, I found out that she was actually telling all my stories to another friend. When I found out, the disappointment all turned into resentment and until today, I am unable to resolve all those dismay toward her. I still try, just like Lily tries to understand Snow Flower, but deep inside of me, I want my friend to come and say sorry for what she has done.
I found the PSA project to be the most challenging because I had to fit in so many critical elements into those 30 seconds. However, I felt that I was able to put my effort into the project and completed the project with satisfaction. In the video, I wanted to include more about how Lily felt about Snow Flower’s stupid choice, but due to limited time, I was unable to put in much dialects.
I found the letter assignment the most valuable because I was able to show how much I understood the novel in terms of characters. Because I knew how each characters felt and read between the lines, I was able to write a letter in Lily’s perspective. While I was writing the letter, I teared a bit because it felt like I was writing a letter to my friend who used to be very close to me. I was able to put in emotion into the letter, which I thought was really valuable.
In the class, I would like to see more discussions because when we only write, we are limited to time and organization, thereby leaving out more interesting ideas. During discussions, I am able to express ideas that are not only limited to the context but that are from the history or from life lessons. Therefore, we should have more discussions!

Why are books banned or censored? Who should get to decide if a book should be banned or censored?

Once upon a time, a boy was born to a poor family. However, his imagination could not be excelled by any others. Therefore, he started having interest in writing novels. When he became old, he became an renowned writer who everyone in the world admires. One day, he rolls down the stairs and bumps his forehead on the rim of the stairs, injuring his brain. Though his appearance did not change much, the way he thinks changed greatly. He continued writing, but what he wrote seemed more inappropriate than ever– he started writing books about rape. As a talented writer, the man convinced a great deal of people that rape is actually a good thing. Soon enough, the world was becoming corrupted just because of that one book.
What would you do with that book? Because watching a movie or reading a book may influence how you perceive the world, literatures that may cause harm in people’s morality must be banned. Then who should ban books? That, for me, is the most challenging question. Of course, the answer the is people, but what KIND of people should censure books? If the government were to be given the right to ban books, they will ban books that go against the government. That would cause a big issue because if the government were to be deceptive, the citizens will have a hard time figuring out what is wrong. Therefore, I think that the readers, critical readers, should nominate which books should be banned. In the case of the genius writer story above, he was able to persuade so many people that rape was a beneficial thing– I don’t know HOW he did but he just did. But that was just an extreme case. Therefore, if a reader finds a literature to be disrespectful to a particular gender or has indirect messages about supporting immorality, he should report the novel to the government. And from there, the process of banning can begin.

I’m a Junior now. EW

My precious sophomore year is OVER! And now I’m sitting in my desk thinking of what to do for the next four days. I’ve been waiting for this day for so long(about three weeks) but I actually don’t know what to do. All my friends got in trouble(myself as well, but my parents aren’t THAT strict), so I don’t really have much to do. It’s 11:26 right now, and I’m bored like no joke.. Well, I have to meet someone at one, but what am I going to do for another one hour before I start to get ready. This is pretty pathetic, so I just decided to continue my blog posts. If you guys are reading this right now, you should feel how bored I am, cuz I REALLY AM haha. Ohyeah, and since my school’s over, my mandatory blog posts won’t be up, so yeah. But! if you guys continue to visit my not-so-awesome-blog(but still interesting haha) then I’ll be motivated to write more!!

Anyways, I’ve been going through a lot these days. Problems with friends families and everything else. It had been so so so complicated because I was overloaded with finals AP’s and SAT’s… However, you guys might not know, but my mood swing is AMAZINGLY AMAZING haha. Once everything is over, I am such an understanding and a nice girl. I’ve been a meanie to a lot of my friends, but yesterday, I ended up saying “mybad” to most of my friends. Gladly, they understood me and decided to be chill with me again! Well, it’s almost SUMMERRR and I want to go back to California to chill with my friends, but apparently my mom signed me up for this ….SAT thing. So I gotta go there everyday for my whole summer vacation..
I’m pretty sure you guys’ summer will be SO MUCh better than mine. Trust me. haha
HAGS GUYS
❤ from JESS

2010 Final reflection

The year of 2010 had been a special year for me because it was finally the year I got used to KIS. You may not know(probably not) but I came to this school during 9th grade second semester. It was a challenge for me adapting to this strange country AND adapting to a new school(it’s always hard, but it’s worth meeting new friends!). I felt heavy handed often not only the classes were harder, the amount of homework was INSANE. However, I absolutely changed my attitude about the amount of homework as a sophomore. I tried to accept that it was all for my good. For example, in English class, I would actually read the book I was supposed to(before I didnt…) in order to satisfy myself looking at my grades, and also to prove to myself that I can fit in with these smart and diligent students. It wasn’t a fight or a competition with anyone, it was a fight with MYSELF. I can almost SMELL the improvement in my writing as a sophomore because I really enjoyed writing different styles of essays. I am glad that I was able to somewhat fit in with my Korean friends while being able to keep my grades at decent level. I just wish that next year, I would challenge myself more because I know that it’s certainly going to be tougher. I actually enjoy (not really) having challenging classes because I can see how high I can get. My goal gets higher every year, which I consider it proud! I appreciate all my teachers for challenging me and getting me in trouble(at times to teach me lessons). Although I won’t always be the diligent student teachers want, I am going to think about how happy I will feel as I look at my grades. GO JESSICAA!

I’m sorry I’m bad… I’m sorry you’re blue…

I have a very special friend. He is about as tall as a tree. He walks like he has hundred pound dumbbells attached to his feet. He smiles like a baby. He gets sensitive about my sarcastic jokes. We became close friends and now I miss him whenever I can’t hang out with him during weekends.

Recently, we fought because so many contradicting opinions and different point of views. At first, I was just really frustrated that he wouldn’t listen to me and keep being stubborn about his opinions when I knew for sure that he should also say sorry. I kept saying sorry(without much integrity), however, he did not listen and open his mind to me. I was OUTRAGED because he used to be a guy who would do anything for me, and if I said one sweet thing, it would fix everything. However, this time, it was different. He learned to talk back and give me suicidal glares. It was a complete shock. Thus, I was on the verge of not apologizing to him and just giving up. However, I thought of the times we spent together for the last 11 months and I just could not let it go.

What I decided to do was to sing a song for him that would hopefully soften him up a little. The song was “Sorry” by Buckcherry. After school when I got home, I called him and told him to get online. He was confused why I told him to, but thankfully he did. When I started singing the song, he looked like as if I was doing something stupid. However, whenever the lyric had the word “sorry” his face got better little by little. Toward the end, he was already smiling. I was so glad and proud that I did it!!! I finally showed him that I was really sorry for being stubborn too. Next Friday is our one year anniversary(I know you guys don’t care), but he and I are very excited so I just want to dedicate to this post to my boyfriend, BK.

Sorry- Buckcherry

Oh I had a lot to say, was thinking on my time away
I missed you and things weren’t the same
‘Cause everything inside it never comes out right
And when I see you cry, it makes me want to die

I’m sorry I’m bad, I’m sorry you’re blue
I’m sorry about all things I said to you
And I know, I cant take it back.
I love how you kiss, I love all your sounds
And baby, the way you make my world go round
And I just wanted to say, I’m sorry

This time I think, I’m to blame
It’s harder to get through the days
You get older and blame turns to shame
‘Cause everything inside it never comes out right
And when I see you cry, it makes me want to die

I’m sorry I’m bad, I’m sorry you’re blue
I’m sorry about all things I said to you
And I know, I cant take it back
I love how you kiss, I love all your sounds
And baby, the way you make my world go round
And I just wanted to say, I’m sorry

Every single day, I think about how we came all this way
The sleepless nights and the tears you cried
It’s never too late to make it right
Oh yeah

Sorry
I’m sorry I’m bad, I’m sorry you’re blue
I’m sorry about all things I said to you
And I know, I cant take it back
I love how you kiss, I love all your sounds
And baby, the way you make my world go round
And I just wanted to say, I’m sorry

SAT season. are you READY??


I honestly hate SAT. I mean, who does? Maybe some nerds that exist in every school(but that’s mean). So.. WHO DOES? I can not keep myself but to question the need and the purpose of taking these tests that chain us down from playing with our friends, and enjoying that freedom of being outside when it’s time to do your homework. However, we still take our time to study for our bright future which makes us feel better as students(at least for me)…
I am a normal tenth grader attending an international school in South Korea. Yes, people ask me where I go to school and it’s slightly different than the answers they would expect; something something Korea public school. When I tell them that I attend an international school, they have the stereotypical thoughts that everyone is just below their intellectual average. However, that is not true. I am not saying that I am smart nor stupid, yet I feel uncomfortable at them having stereotyped judgement about us. Appearance wise, we are significantly different because we look like kids who should be wearing uniforms, but instead, we wear backpacks and  carry bigger textbooks than normal Korea public school textbooks, which startle them.
I understand that the students who go to international schools are the minorities, though, not the inferiorities. The reason why I mentioned this is because the adults do not realize how important or how hard SAT tests are. They do not know how much effort international school kids put in in order to get the score they want in a country away from their home countries(because most people are from other areas of the world or the States). They are too prejudiced about the kids who attend international school that they can not imagine an intellect attending special schools. If they would understand the hard level of SAT and encouraged the students a bit more, I think the kids will be ever more motivated to brighten their future and move up the ladder of hope.

2010 girls soccer team <3

Soccer:  a game played by two teams of eleven players with a round ball that may not be touched with the hands or arms during play except by the goalkeepers. The object of the game is to score goals by kicking or heading the ball into the opponents’ goal.

23 players, eleven on the field, twelve on the bench. We always enjoyed cheering for each other and motivating each other as a team. Although some people got injured and fouled, we still had fun because it was SOCCER and no one regretted joining soccer. This year had been just fantastic despite the fact that I was a sophomore. I had more work to do, however, I learned to not procrastinate. As a junior next year, I am still going to join and become more like a leader for the new girls.
This season had been a great one because we had so many freshmen on the team. They were a MOTIVATED BUNCH which I loved the most. They really knew how to bring the mood up and even when they were on the bench, they kept their spirits up. I want to dedicate this post to my soccer girls and coaches. Thank you guys for making such a great season, and hope to see you guys again next year!! For seniors…..I love you guys.. no joke. Hope you guys visit us next year:) have fun in college hahaha