[Weekend] Watch or Watch NotThere is no try. Entertaining our summers, science fiction movies have become a fundamental part of our hottest season. This summer was no expectation. The KAIST Herald invites reader to sci-fi movies. Science fiction in film and television, since its incarnation in the early 20th century, has captivated generations with fantastic stories, unforgettable cultural icons,
[Weekend] Watch or Watch NotThere is no try. Entertaining our summers, science fiction movies have become a fundamental part of our hottest season. This summer was no expectation. The KAIST Herald invites reader to sci-fi movies. As science fiction film and cinema blossomed during the 1990s, the 2000s was expected to be nothing less. The first Star Wars prequel, the Phantom Menace, despite heavy c
Two years ago, I was in Daejeon for the first time. The semester and my university life had started, and boy was it awkward and messy. I first went to the orientation and tried to memorize all the information, but apparently forgot the part where I had to go to the OASIS office to get my folder with my ID card, health insurance forms, and other vital documents. Then I registered for the buddy prog
There is no denying it: college life abroad is tough! After all, we are moving to another country, entering a new culture and learning a completely foreign language. It can be particularly difficult for international students coming to countries with unique traditions and customs like Korea. With my two years of college experience at KAIST, I can confidently say that one of the greatest challenges
Yet another fall semester is right here, and the campus is bubbling with activity because of the influx of a fresh batch of students. For most of the International students, who lay their feet in the land of Morning calm for the first time, Korean culture and tradition becomes one of the most mystical things which surely cannot be missed. Integrating successfully in any society needs an immense se
Shortly after finals week, the typical KAIST student is mentally worn and physically fatigued from unhealthy amounts of studying combined with poor nutrition. For any of my fellow peers hoping to spend their summer rebuilding healthy habits, The KAIST Herald met with a yoga instructor in Eoeun-dong for advice on adopting a healthy lifestyle.
On the day I bought my first - and current - guitar, I was asked by a passerby whether I was a musician. There was no inspiring recital or a spectacular concert. It was simply and entirely because I had a guitar on my back.
Bombarded with assignments and exams, as well as various club activities, KAIST students often find it difficult to spare time for volunteering. For students who are not members of volunteering clubs such as Didimdol, summer vacation is one of the only times during which students can regularly render community services. Several outreach programs and organizations are introduced below.
As the semester nears its end, you may be wondering what to do over the break. There are many options, like attending summer school classes, working at a lab, or doing an internship. However, most seem to overlook the opportunity to grow as a global citizen by learning a new language. With the ongoing trend of globalization, one’s proficiency in English is being seen less as a qualification and more as a requirement. To truly stand out, you must have another language in your arsenal and, with the options that are available around, you may not have to go far to learn one.
Giving private tutoring to middle and high school students over summer and winter vacation is typical for many KAIST students. Because tutors from prestigious universities such as KAIST are in high demand, getting a tutee is not difficult for KAIST students, especially in Daejeon. Rates are incredibly high for a part-time job, with at least 25,000 Korean Won per hour. Compared to other short-term part-time jobs during summer or winter vacation, such as serving at restaurants, private tutoring is often called a “honey” part-time job that requires little physical labor but pays well.
With each passing year, KAIST has been striving to become a global village, where science and technology would go hand in hand with international understanding. As international students have been performing very well, the KAIST International Admissions Team has been working consistently every year to promote KAIST around the world. In January 2014, the admissions team travelled around Africa and
The International Relations Team (IRT) has just finished recruiting their new batch of student volunteers for the 2014 Global Outreach Program. The program aims to encourage students to become not only talented scientists and engineers, but also responsible citizens who can help make the world a better place through personal acts of kindness and the spreading of understanding between people and cu
On May 9, KAIST International House hosted Korean Day, the first day of the annual Korean Day and Night, to give international students an interactive experience to familiarize themselves with several features and aspects of Korean culture and history. The event was available to a limited number of registrants, who took part in several interactive activities, including crafting paper lanterns, making rolls of gimbap (Korean seaweed-wrapped rice rolls), and singing and dancing to pansori (Korean genre of musical storytelling).
Every passing semester has seen increasing internationalization of our campus, and it requires a lot of steps to be taken to see that the interests of international students are met. A huge part of this is helping international students to adapt to Korean life and culture. KAIplus is a nonprofit voluntary organization in KAIST contributing to this very purpose. The KAIST Herald met with the president of KAIplus, Doctor Young Hee Lee, to discuss the organization’s objectives and future plans.
Throughout my high school years, I took pride in being the top of the class. My academic achievements were my sole identity, fueling the competitive drive that has long existed within me. While the aspiration to become “the best” benefited me in many aspects, it also shaped my personality in unwanted ways as I entered college.
Relationships are complicated, and each culture has its own way of going about it. After my near lifelong residence outside Korea, I did not have a great understanding of the characteristics of dating in Korea. All I had to go on were the rare Korean dramas that I had glimpses of online. After my return, and after getting to see Koreans in relationships around me, I made some interesting, even surprising, observations. Most foreign students may not have the same sort of understanding; however, they may have noticed some of these “nuances,” and may very well be nodding with something in mind.
About this time of the year, one can hear some people jokingly comment that springtime has come for couples. Some others take it further to tease that the sole purpose of the Spring Festival (though cancelled this year) is to let people have fun with their significant other, while singles (more commonly referred to as “solos”) have nothing better to do than, say, finishing assignments. “Single-since-birth” (or more popularly termed as motae-solo) has almost become a derogatory term in a college community where dating is more of a luxury than not. In effect, some of those who are not in a relationship at the moment - let alone the motae-solos - naturally look up to those that are dating, whether on campus or across some distance. Even mobile apps for lovers have established a sense of prerogative that imposes some feeling of loss for singles.
With the widespread popularity of smartphones among the young, it was inevitable that smartphone applications (apps) for young couples would become a new trend. Despite the limited market size, here are several apps that have vied to win over tech-savvy couples who would like to take their relationship to their phones.
Getting good grades, participating in exciting club activities, and having a romantic relationship are three elements that many students seek for in their college experience. Indeed, each student has different priorities and expects different things from college, and the three do not have to be all present to have a happy, satisfying college life. For instance, some consider love a luxury or a waste of time, money, and emotions. Nevertheless, love, the most craved human desire, continues to excite, stimulate, and arouse our feelings. Couples at KAIST are largely divided into two classes: long-distance couples and campus couples. Advantages and disadvantages of each relationship have been examined.
The life of a student pursuing his undergraduate degree at KAIST is quite packed with classes that somehow initiate more of theoretical learning than a practical one. Many of the major courses are quite rigorous and focus on making students learn as much as possible from the textbook. Should I call it our ignorance or a “don’t care” attitude that we have not been able to realize how this system has restricted our approach and thinking?