1. When I read the title of this article, I thought, “how can 44% of Ivy League Korean students quit?? Is that even possible? Are they crazy??’ They’ve worked so hard to get into their dream college, and they give it all up in the middle. Unfortunately, the reason why they quit is extremely dumb and passive. The most likely reason for the high dropout rate among Koreans is the Korean parents’ mindset on education. The Korean culture emphasizes hard-core studying and concentrating rather than joining extra curricular activities. Korean students are literally trained from a young age to study until they die. Even elementary kids go to hagwons until 9pm everyday. High school students stay at school until 9pm, and then they go to hagwon untill 1am. Whenever I see my Korean friends, they are always burrying their faces in books on the bus, at church, and even while they eat. Students must follow the Korean way of studying in order to survive the heavy competition among their classmates (it’s also their pride to be in the top rankings at school). On top of that, most Korean parents dogmatically force their children to study and have no other activity in order to go to a prestigious college. The only colleges they tolerate or incessantly talk about are Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Seoul or Yonsei University. Because this way of thinking is embedded in every Korean student, they cannot change and adapt to America’s more laid-back way of life. Hence, 44% of Koreans drop out of Ivy League universities.
2. The dropout rate among Koreans are the highest, 44%. The next highest dropout rate is 32% of American, then 25% of chinese, and 21% of Indian students. 44% is almost half! I couldn’t believe that such a small country like Korea could have the highest dropout rate.
3. Honestly, I haven’t been doing much to prepare for college. It still seems very far away to me. I didn’t even study for the PSAT (which was so hard..). When I saw the sophomores studying like crazy for the PSAT by going to hagwons, I laughed. But now, I should start preparing for college by studying for my SATs, developing my social skills, and researching about college life. I don’t want to enter college shocked by its diversity, openness, and huge campus. Now that I think about it, it’s going to be hard to adjust to college because I’ve been going to a small, private, all-Korean international school for almost 9 years. Sometimes, when I see Korean students studying on the subway, I wish I could be as hard-core as them. I have to start thinking about my future and trying my best at school because I only have 1 and a half years to make the best out of it! That thought gives me a shudder…I better go study now!