Modern Issue (Overstudying in South Korea)

I woke up from my bed at six o’clock in the morning. As I adjusted my ties, my mother said,

“I am very proud with all the achievements that you made to become the person who you are today.” I then said, “Thanks mom.”                                                                                                                                                 The first day of everything always came to me with an excitement. Today was the first day that I started working for Samsung. When I was walking down the street, I saw a little child that reminded me of my younger days. I was thinking their parents also wanted to send their child to Samsung. Through the countless amount of effort, I received a job offer from Samsung as a full time employee when I was only a 26-year-old man. On the other hand, I always had a thought in m mind of how much my family had supported me both financially and mentally beyond what they could afford. This made me wonder if I really deserved their unconditional love and support.

As a little child, I grew up under a supportive and caring mother, who was always interested

in my education. When I first started walking, my mother led me to do some activities that were
helpful for my IQs and EQs. Further, I was sent to an English-speaking school to become more
fluent in English. Sending a child to such kindergarten was like a formula to have a successful child
to many mothers that lived in Gangnam area.
Few years later, when I first went to an English-speaking kindergarten, my friends spoke
English impressively, and I realized how it was not so difficult to them. In the kindergarten that I
went to, I could see many Korean-looking friends with a different nationality- most of them were
born outside Korea as their parents worked or studied abroad. Therefore, it was natural for them to
speak English. From that moment, a sense of desire to win developed.
A year ago going to Primary school, to become a better English-speaker, I continuously
asked my mother, “can I please have an English tutor?”
But, my mom worriedly said, “it will stress you out, honey.”
I then said “well, others do it. Why not me.”
From that time I was thinking Korean parents make their children stressful.
As I entered the primary school, I first started to play with people that were not living in my
neighborhood. I later realized that most of those kids had their parents come home late at night
while I always had my mother at home for me. Actually, when I was born my mother focused on
raising me up instead of working. Then my mother’s goal changed from reaching a success as
working woman to raising me up. Actually my mother received a good education and was in a big
company, but my father was rich enough to care for our family.  My mother also thought caring of
me was more important.
But, she slowly deduced the time to play with “those kinds of children,” later not letting me
go out to the playground with them. That time, I met my best friend, Sang Won Kim. When I think
of that time I worried if I could not see him over again. Although he lived in a completely different
environment, the welcoming environment that his mother and him had me visiting to their home.
She never asked me about which hagwon I went to and what my test results were.                                                              Rather, she asked me, “have you got some weight? How tall are you now?”
I really appreciated, and still thank her for that because she always cheer me. Even my
mother had different educating style, but my mother is still the most helpful  person in the world.
I was not always like that. I also had puberty, and I was calm and listen to my mother well
but I often talked back at her and even refused to listen to her. My mother always send me to the
best hagwons and prepared the best dishes, but that time I didn’t need any of those. Only my friends
were making me happy, and always cheering me. For the first time I didn’t go to the hagwons that
my mother decided for me, and I started hating my mother’s food.
She later told me that “those time were the worst nightmares she could have ever dreamed.”
I also want to hide my moments, but I could never get rid of those moments.
Most of the children who deviate from their normal lives are often influenced by their
friends. Sometimes, bad family relationship could make some bad result. But, even I am from a rich
family, sometimes childrens want to get attentions so they do bad things. Or, there are some people
that do horrible things. For me, I think that’s all unuseful. I was given a good house and my parents
gave me wisdom for me and I don’t think hagwons were useful to make me smarter. I didn’t actually
get how hagwon will affect my future, and it was not useful when I didn’t know what to do. That
time, my friend sent me emails a lot. But, I just thought, these emails were a trash. I then fought for
no valid reasons with a nice friend. Because of that, my parents were really angry so my parents
decided to not to allow me to hang out with him.
After that happened, I cried as if the bed floated in the sea of my tears. I didn’t know what
the answer was, and I didn’t know why I had to live. I just thought studying was just a thing, but I
didn’t what I wanted to do. So I did things I never did before, that I didn’t know it made her sad and
I just wandered around.  But, after that happened, what I talked with my parents made me a huge
difference.
She said “if you don’t know what to do, just study. Then when the chance comes to you, you
would have a higher chance.”
She was right and after couple of days there was a chance for me. This was why I am in
Samsung and I could only thank my parents for providing me this environment. I also sometimes
think, my mother is the best, because she is the one that make people think , “you are smart, nice,

from a rich family.” I don’t think like that and I have more dreams in the future. I want to pass this
to my child and think my mother gave me this environment.

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