After two weeks packed with classes, activities with the student organisation and adventures with friends I can finally take some time to write. Truthfully there hasn’t been a day when I have spent more than 3 awake hours at home since the university started which is a big change from my life back in Sweden which would probably be the opposite. As I mentioned in a previous post, we have a student organisation named KUBA taking care of all foreign exchange and visiting students and they arrange official activities at least once a week and often smaller events such as dinners a few times a week. This is something that I first thought was special for Korea but after talking to exchange students in other universities in Seoul I was shocked to hear that they did not have anything like that they have not had possibilities to actually get to know their fellow exchange students as personally that we have gotten the chance to do. I think that Korea University is very unique in that aspect and I am very thankful that I am able to meet people from all over the world, having fun together without having to put an effort.
Last week we attended a cheering orientation in preparation for the “Koyon Games” which is a an annual series of friendship matches between the two of the most popular universities in Seoul, Korea University and Yonsei University. The games include matches in baseball, ice hockey, football, rugby and basketball. Last Friday, we gathered in one of the university’s halls to practice the cheering songs for the games and it was like nothing I had ever experienced before. What surprised me most was how all the Korean students knew the songs and cheers by heart and their energy seemed to be everlasting as they did anything they could to encourage us to dance.
We danced, sang, cheered, yelled and almost broke our necks while head-banging to the cheers and by the end of the 2 hour long event everyone’s clothes were drenched in sweat, very charming and a sign of a good ”cheering session”. We ended the evening with some incredibly spicy food as always in Korea, that I have yet to get used to.
Sadly I was too immersed in the songs to remember to snap good pictures during the actual cheering orientation, but instead you can check out my favorite cheering songs below which are from Korea University’s official cheering channel!
쉬잇~! Shush~!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6xVTGgyiPM
꿇어라 연세여 Kneel down Yonsei: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JTlhAYvtQA
영원하라 Last forever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2Hope8BZbI