Week 4: CSAT

Do you know how burdensome CSAT is for Korean high school students? It is obviously not a trivial matter, but people who have not gone through with the exam would never imagine. For high school seniors in Korea, the CSAT is the one and only goal. As it is, it seems like Korean students can never get over CSAT. According to data from the Ministry of Education, 17.2 percent of college freshmen took a leave or dropped out of school, and it is assumed that most of those college dropouts take CSAT again excepting those who have gone to serve in the military. Such tendency arises from people’s perception on college rankings and unemployment. Therefore, people’s perception on universities as the only passageway to get a job should be changed.

Due to severe youth unemployment, people tend to believe that getting into a prestigious university would save them from the so-called “unemployment hell.” The truth is, although the number of graduates from top universities getting a good job maybe higher, there are also a lot of those who fail several times. People tend to think that they have failed to get a job because their university is not considered prestigious. However, it is a misconception. According to a general manager of human resources department in GS construction, as most of the companies started to ban applicants from writing so-called spec, the factor that differentiates one from another is their experience and personalities reflected on tthe resume. Thus, people should realize that getting into a prestigious university is their only option for getting a job.

Week 4: Supporting ideas

The affluent member countries of European Union have long been accepting job-seeking migrants from Eastern Europe. Not all of these migrants move to Europe after following legal procedures, and thus both the migrants and native workers are suffering from unemployment. For instance, in the case of France, the leader of the EU, its unemployment rate is lingers high with 10.2 percent. Even considering the fact that France is not warm toward foreign ethnic groups in its society, the unemployment rates of native-born French people and non-EU born workers vary significantly with 8.6 percent and 18.9 percent respectively.

It is easy to assume that economic difficulty is connected with the migrants’ ethnicity. The conflict is not only between the native EU people and migrants. Such tendency could be seen between migrant groups. Recently the EU started welcoming Syrians while thousands of African asylum seekers are left on the borders to suffer from poverty that they have fled taking risks.

Week 3: Introduction

The tragic death of Aylan Kurdi shed light on the lives of refugees taking risks and fleeing their countries in hopes of finding a better life in Europe. The cold body of the three-year-old has opened hearts of millions of people around the world, even including British Prime Minister David Cameron who was known to be skeptical toward accepting refugees in the United Kingdom. Many European countries have declared that they will welcome more refugees in their territory. As heartbreaking are lives of the refugees back home, it is not clear whether their lives will get better even after they settle in Europe. Due to economic instability, overpopulation and ethnic problems expected to happen, Europe is likely to go through a struggle after they receive more migrants.

Week 3: Bibliography

1. Blanchflower, D. G., Saleheen, J., & Shadforth, C. (2007). The impact of the recent migration from Eastern Europe on the UK economy. Retrieved September 16, 2015 from http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=969406

2. Baez, J. E. (2011). Civil wars beyond their borders: The human capital and health consequences of hosting refugees. Journal of Development Economics, 96(2), 391-408. Retrieved September 16, 2015 from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304387810000957

3. Richmond, A. H., & Valtonen, K. (1994). Global apartheid: Refugees, racism, and the new world order. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 14(6). Retrieved September 16, 2015 from http://scholar.googleusercontent.com/scholar?q=cache:IfYk9OhrhOoJ:scholar.google.com/+global+apartheid&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5

4. Stanley, W. D. (1987). Economic migrants or refugees from violence? A time-series analysis of Salvadoran migration to the United States. Latin American Research Review, 132-154. Retrieved September 16, 2015 from http://www.jstor.org/stable/2503545?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

5. Schmeidl, S. (1997). Exploring the causes of forced migration: A pooled time-series analysis, 1971-1990. Social Science Quarterly, 284-308. Retrieved September 16, 2015 from http://www.jstor.org/stable/42864338?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Week 2: Supporting ideas

I have changed my topic and the thesis statement because it would be hard to write a descriptive and analytical essay with the previous one. I decided to write about European refugee problem. The thesis statement goes like this; Europe and other nations should cooperate to eliminate the root of the influx of refugees because it will not end and might disrupt Europe where the economy is not as stable as it was along with overwhelming population problem. I do have to fix this somehow but I think this would fit the purpose of the essay assignment. My focus would be on the problems Europe will have to face if the refugees come into Europe endlessly in the future. I have found and saved some legit news article on the forecast of the countries that accept the refugees. I am considering changing my focus a little bit toward the reasons why the refugees are fleeing their country, but the topic is the same and I will decide after thinking about which topic will flow more smoothly.

Week1: Essay topics

My name is Nayeon Kim, and I am a sophomore majoring in English. I was not interested in English when I was young. I assume that I grew fond of learning English because my mother praised me for my English. As I do something better when I get compliments compared to when I get criticized, it is obvious that I tried harder to maintain my so-called reputation.

When I was in high school, I never imagined myself learning English as itself in college. I always thought that I would learn “in” English to pursue a career in International relations. The reason why I applied for an English major was only because HUFS is famous for its great curriculum in English major. However such thoughtless decision helped me find my future. As I took some lectures in social science and international relations, I realized that these fields do not suit me. I focused more on Englsh, I started to enjoy studying. Now I seek to pursue a career either in journalism or translation and interpretation.

Currently I am interested in the topics related to the “comfort woman” issue. I want to focus on what we could do to get an official apology from the Japanese government. Another topic I want to seek is the future of technology and its side effects.