Department of Earth Resources and Environmental Sciences
I didn’t like this year very much. There were many changes due to COVID-19, we had to take all classes online and couldn’t go out. My family is back in Pakistan but I couldn’t go because of the pandemic. The most difficult thing for foreign students is that most of us visit our family back home at least once a year but we couldn’t this time. We always look forward to this time when we run back home and our loving family greets us. It is depressing to know that we don’t know how the situation will turn out in 2021. Even if we do manage to go back home, our maximum vacation lasts about a month so we would only be able to spend two weeks at home and go through the 14-day quarantine back in Korea.
Department of Korean Language and Literature 19
When I was a freshman, I used to meet my friends very often. Now as a sophomore, I don’t have many chances to meet my friends because of COVID-19. We have less time to meet each other meaning that we have less time to get closer. We try to stay home because of safety issues, but we still want to see each other. My biggest fear is that we would continue to have online classes next year. The year 2020 was hard for me because we didn’t have a fixed plan on whether we’re having online classes for the rest of the semester or not, and the systems kept changing. It would have been better if we were given specific plans for the semester from the beginning so that I could’ve made specific plans on what to do, but unexpected events kept changing everything. It was a confusing year.
College of Languages & Cultures 19
This year I had to learn how to be more content with myself. I spent a lot of time inside at home being quarantined so I had to find a way to be happy with myself spending time alone and learned how to make time go by better while getting to know more about myself and finding what I like to do. I had fun typically by staying home and having movie nights, cooking dinner, having friends over, and playing games at home. I started reading books to learn new things. I’m interested in the stock market and business so I’m trying to teach myself and am learning about myself while trying such new things. Though 2020 was a complicated year, it was also a year where I spent quality time to learn about myself and to try new things that I’ve always wanted to try.
Department of Political Science and International Studies 17
The year 2020 was a series of unexpected events. Many things didn’t work out as I had planned. I had to give up my exchange student program in Britain. I also had to give up my training to become a teacher. On the other hand, I found exciting things in unexpected situations. I thought the training wouldn’t be fun because of the shortened term but it was one of the most memorable experiences that I had this year. I had two weeks of offline classes and two weeks of online classes. I was supposed to see first graders for about three days but couldn’t because of the Incheon academy incident and COVID-19 outbreak. Instead, I had a chance to see the second graders for three days. However, it was still sad that I could only see them for a couple of days. I hope that in 2021, the pandemic will get better and we could visit where we want to without any restrictions. I learned how special people around me are through this time.