DISCLAIMER: I will update this post with graduation pictures when I get them. I haven’t taken any decent pictures because it’s just too weird and it’s not possible to take a selca onstage while receiving my certificate, no?
I finally graduated my Elementary 2 course! Yeaaaah! It was a very tiring day, nonetheless it was super fun. Basically it was not just our graduation but the whole center’s graduation. There were several Basic Korean and Elementary Korean 1 students who also graduated for the language classes, then there were Taekwondo, Salmunori, Traditional Dance, K-Pop dance and sing, etc for the culture classes.
I arrived early in the morning because we haven’t practiced for our presentation. It’s hard because we have to do it live and since most of us were working, we haven’t had any time to practice before. And why this presentation even came up because we also had no time to shoot the videos before. Thank goodness though, our presentation went smoothly *or maybe not?*. We were in so much stress and palpitations while waiting for our turn. We saw all the Basic and Elementary videos and dramas, etc., so it made us feel like we’re 선배s who didn’t even took the time to prepare 😐
What was our presentation? Way back when we were discussing if we should just do live, or commence with the video shoot, majority chose live *since majority of those in favor of live can’t make it to the ceremony, lol, so bad*. I suggested a game, and good thing, everyone agreed. It’s basically a game show type of presentation. It’s like charades, but instead of guessing the whole word, I would action out random syllables within the word, until they complete each syllable and guess the whole word correctly.
I actioned the first syllable ‘문’ by making a gesture which seems like I’m opening a door. They would guess the words ‘나가다, 나오다, 들어가다…’ but since the action looks like I’m stabbing someone, they also guessed ‘죽을래 and saksak하다 *saksak means to stab in Filipino*. Audience were laughing since they understand the word and we think it’s cool that we’ve added jokes into our presentation so as to make it more relate-able. For ‘원’, I actioned it by making my eyes smaller by bringing it apart with my fingers, because Asian eyes were always referred to like that, lol. And I would gesture getting something from my pocket and giving it. They guessed ‘내다, 이상하다 *because of the eyes*, 중국 사람, 사다, and 돈’. It’s actually ‘원’, the Korean money. I don’t know how I came up with that action though.
The next word was ‘노옥진 선생님’, I chose for them to guess the syllables ‘진’ and ‘생’ together which sounded like ‘ginseng’. My gesture included drinking from a cup and flexing my arms so as to indicate that the drink can make me healthy. They guessed ‘소주, 술, 커피, 맥주, 건강, 운동’ and when someone guessed ‘인삼’, I gestured that it sounds like it, so when someone said ‘ginseng’, everyone laughed, including the teachers and the school director. Next was the word ‘노’ and acted it out by making a gesture, waving both of my hands quickly. They guessed ‘안돼요, 아니요, and even 여자친구 없어!’ which made the crowd laugh a bit more. It was actually ‘no’, the English word. Then there was ‘옥’, I acted it by doing thumbs up and then the OK sign where you make a circle with your index finger and thumb. They guessed ‘괜찮아, 삼 (3), 대박, 짱, and 귀요미’, lol. The word was ‘옥’ but I made them guess ‘OK’, which I find a bit witty.
The last word was ‘감사합니다’ and it went easy. I can even hear the audience shouting out answers *which were right, to my surprise*, and the group who won received a bouquet. Well not actually, after the group received the bouquet, everyone went down the stage and gave 선생님 the flowers. In the end, we didn’t get the award for best presentation because we lacked practice. And…. our presentation was just 바보 ㅎㅎㅎㅎ.
Finally, every top students from Basic to Elementary classes were awarded. My former E1 classmate and recurring friend *well most of my E1 friends were recurring* who re-took Elementary 1 came in third. I was notified earlier so when I was called for top 3 in my class, I’m not surprised anymore.
The stage lighting was a bit weird, hence the darkness in the photo. Photo credits to my 누나 who loves 성종!
As for my camera, the only thing I got valuable was this:
That was our picture with our uber-great, patient and wonderful 노옥진 선생님. Not everyone attended the graduation so it was kinda sad, but it’s okay. Next picture would be…
After the graduation, we ate lunch at McDonald’s, and for the first time, I talked with them a lot *starting the whole graduation day*. I regret how aloof I was. I’m just not good at making friends, so I just let the whole term flow without having so much connections with my classmates. I was just contented with my E1 classmates, but I was wrong. After our lunch, all of us passers swore that we will be continuing Intermediate 1, WHICH I don’t know yet. I will go and book a slot, but let’s see which tree will I get my money from.
Every graduation, students get a certificate *if they don’t get absent for a number of times*. As for me, I got two certificates, one of them indicates my being ‘top 3’ and the other one, the generic certificate of participation same as the one I got last year.
As for the gifts, the paper bag included a lot of stuff.
WHICH to further emphasize my fury, is…
Okay, this is directed to foreigners, and this is just free, so why am I throwing tantrums? Lol. Anyway, the second top student got a better *or at least better*, ‘Korean Conversation Dictionary for Foreigners’, also by Hollym, and the top student got a super better ‘한-영-한 사전’ in a slip box case.
This is my third Korea Travel Guide, and yet. I STILL DON’T KNOW WHY I’M NOT YET GOING TO KOREA ㅜ.ㅜ. I have three of those Taekwondo thingy because I got one when I entered the school, the other one inside the paper bag, and the other one given to me when I went out.
I wish it was a book though, not a brochure, since everything inside’s very picturesque. And look! It’s Super Junior, I wish it was BIGBANG though, lol I have too many wishes.
Probably one of the bests I got from my graduation. It was five because I got one when I entered the school, two when I got another one inside the first Taekwondo brochure I got, the third one inside my paper bag, and the other two when I went out. It was cool, I might post one on my bed.
Now what would be inside the box? It’s almost obvious that the content would be…
I probably won’t use this because aside from its souvenir and sentimental properties, this is a bit small for a coffee that can reach my tummy.
This graduation post has been sufficiently long, so let’s talk more about my Korean future in the next entry.
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