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August 31, 2015 | 11:39pm
Mood: pensive

Tomorrow morning is our orientation, class registration, and my first class (!!!!).

I am SO NERVOUS you guys. Holy crap. But like, the thing is, I think maybe I've been psyching myself out for a while. I am not fluent in Korean, and I'm not as good as I was hoping I would be after a year of intensive Korean studied. Plus, I did as I always have done and I surrounded myself with people smarter than me, which just makes me feel stupider than I really am. (I also have a tendency of being the funny guy in my friend groups, which means everyone takes potshots at me, including myself.)

However! I received the first book for my 현대소설연구 class and... it's not as bad as I was expecting. Of course, it's not easy, but I am capable of reading it and understanding the content- without even looking up any words! I am, actually, looking up words (underlining every word I don't know but only looking up the ones that show up more than once/look interesting) but this amounts to roughly 5-6 per page. I'm kind of... surprised? Pleased? I don't know how to take this. I was expecting this to be bad (real bad) but it isn't. Of course, my first class of graduate school (현대시인연구) will have 3 students max, and it's heavily debate/writing-based, so... we'll see how this goes.

Anyways, I've done very little in the last few weeks. I have settled in well, went on a lot (a LOT) of dates/met randoms, and I have made a couple good friends with whom I only speak Korean. I also did a very, very small amount of studying, about which I don't particularly have any regrets. I am ready for the semester to begin so I can stop dreading it.

Some plans: I need to look into finding Korean classes/a Korean tutor with whom I can work on my speaking/writing skills. Preferably in the Dongdaemun-gu area. If I can build my Korean skills up a lot in the next few months, I should be able to just focus on my literature classes/some sort of internship in the following semesters. Of course, I say that now, but we'll see if it really happens.

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