수능, 수눙, 수능…

For those of you who haven’t heard any first-hand stories about how gruelling 수능 prep is, this video provides a bit of insight into what it is like.
It’s an opportunity to sneak a peek into the daily life of a senior highschooler and the effort and sacrifice that goes into doing one’s absolute best (and better than everybody else) on the exam that makes the entire country stand still and hold their breaths throughout the third Thursday in November every year.

The documentary is about 20 min long and it’s beautifully done.

One thing thing that really struck me is how nobody waited up at night for Bitna to make sure she got home safely after her late-night study sessions (I assume all mothers have the light-sleeper-ear tuned for when their children come home, though). I’m from a completely different part of the world, so maybe it’s perfectly normal for Korean highschool students, but to me that was the epitome of loneliness of preparing for an entrance exam.

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2 thoughts on “수능, 수눙, 수능…

  1. chanteru

    I watched the short film and I enjoyed it and found it immensely interesting. I can’t ever imagine having to push myself so hard at such a young age (let alone going to a doksoshil study booth until 1 in the morning!!). I was so lazy during my entrance exams last year…:P The Korean work ethic is no joke…

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    1. koreanlearner Post author

      I thought the motivational post-it at the end of the film summarised their attitude to work very well. I worked quite a bit back in highschool to make sure I would qualify for my BSc programme which was notoriously difficult to get into, but it was *nothing* compared to what the Koreans go through. After a certain hour my mum would literally just turn off my lights and tell me to go to bed so I would be rested the next day. And that was way before 1am!

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