14. Korean students in Ivy League

This post is referring to the article in Korea Times.

Forty-four percent of Korean students at top American universities give up their studies halfway through.


Korean students’ drop rate is much higher than the other ethniticies’. 44%. That is a huge number for a drop out rate. What makes them different?

To investigate the main cause of the drop-out, we have to look back into their high school lives. How were they not ready for American college lives?

Korean high school students have the “prejudice” (yes, continuing from the bottom post) of being quintessential nerds, also known as eat-sleep-study people. Nothing else. As a boy who spent his whole life in Korean society, I dare say that the prejudice is semi-correct. My friends who still go to Korean highschools suffer immensely. They go home at midnight, barely sleep, seldom come out for dinner or basketball games, and even “pause” their cell phones during their exam weeks. They rarely participate in those “extracurricular activities” that are non-academic.

As the article states, the main reason why Korean students don’t fit is their lack of extracurricular experience during high school life. However, I believe the main reason comes from our system of English education. Korean teachers make students memorize. Memorize vocabs, grammar rules, idioms. Students rarely have chances to speak or share what they have learned out-loud. This is why they cannot fit into the American culture. They can’t express their intentions!

The Korean education system must change in order for students to experience more variegated opportunities to succeed in America. More activities, more interactions, more sharing ideas, more actions, more conversations, more liveliness!


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