So if you follow me on Instagram (which you already should be), you’d know that I asked my followers to send me some questions. I compiled all the questions I got and decided to answer my favorites on here instead of on my story. This way, I can give better, more detailed answers. So, here we go!
1. What is a moment in your life that you are proud of?
This is honestly a harder question than I thought it would be. I think I have yet to reach a moment in my life that I am unbelievably proud of myself because no matter what I do, I always know there’s room for improvement and growth. This isn’t to say that I’ve never been proud of myself (everyone should be their own biggest cheerleader), it’s just that I tend to be very critical of my successes and push myself to do even better next time. I think I get that mentality from my dad, who taught me to constantly strive to be the best. When you think you’ve made it to the top of the mountain, there’s still a cloud you could fly up to. So each success is merely a stepping stone, rather than a plateau. Sorry, I got carried away, let me actually answer this question now by listing some of the moments that I was extremely proud of myself (be forewarned, there’s probably a lot). I will preface this by saying that I don’t like talking about my accomplishments because I feel like it’s bragging and I don’t want this to feel like that. But, I do think it’s important for everyone to reflect on their successes in life and feel proud, because wow, you did that, you made it and did cool things. Puff your chest out and show the world. Okay, now on with my list:
- The first time I got to be home alone (and survived!)
- the first time I rode a two wheeled bicycle
- the first time I cooked a meal
- every time I got onto the school honor roll
- when I won my 7th grade Geography bee
- When I won the Christopherson music Award
- When I placed into the top 5 for my vocal competition
- When I got to go to all state choir twice in a row
- When I graduated high school
- When I got accepted into my 1st choice school (which I didn’t end up going to, lol)
- When I got into the highest ranking choir in college (bonus: when I traveled abroad with them!)
- When I got accepted to transfer
- When I got my very first paycheck
- When I got an internship
- When I got into a dance team
- When I got accepted to go to Korea
There’s so many more small victories in my life but I’m going to cut myself off here before I get carried away.
2. Favorite color?
This one is a little bit easier than the first question, but I’m indecisive so I have a few. Teal/turquoise (they’re so similar I just say both), baby pink, and black.
3. What’s the best piece of advice that has stuck with you?
Hmm this is an interesting question and it took me a lot of time to really think of an answer for this. I am so lucky to have so many inspiring and supportive people in my life so I’m constantly bombarded with great advice. However, I think my parents are the best at giving advice. No matter the situation, they always know what to say and can make me feel better instantly.
When I was younger, I was riding around on my bike and I accidentally went too fast and lost control. I ended up falling and hurting myself pretty bad (I actually still have scars on my elbows and knees from this). As any child would do, I started screaming and crying and ran to my mom. She cleaned me up, let me lay down in bed and gave me my teddy bear to cuddle. But, no matter what she did, I wouldn’t stop crying. So, she brought in my dad and they decided to go tough love on me. They both showed me their scars from playing (and falling) as kids and explained that I can’t get upset for every little fall I have. At the time, I was a little angry that they didn’t baby me and instead told me that I cried enough and I should brush myself off and move on. But, looking back on it, I think the reason I remember that time so clearly is because of the great advice they gave me. It wasn’t a competition of who has more scars, it was merely a way of showing me that nobody grows up without scars and one just has to learn to move on and grow without getting stuck in the past. Every time I’ve fallen in life and go crying to my parents, they give me the same comforting, but tough love advice they gave me all those years ago: chin up, brush yourself off, quit the pity party and find a solution to move on. They’ve really shaped me into the person I am today and I’m so grateful for their constant love, support and advice. So, Amma and Appa, if you’re reading this, thanks for showing me your scars when I was crying that day. I will always remember and cherish that advice.
4. Convenience stores. Very convenient or nah? 10/10 recommend or nah?
I’m assuming this question is about Korean convenience stores. And in that case, 12/10 I would totally recommend, 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
5. What’s the one question you wouldn’t like to be asked by means of this?
I can’t say there is anything I wouldn’t like to be asked. Maybe something stupid like “what’s your name?” or anything that puts me or my loved ones in a compromising situation (but I’m not sure there are questions like that).
But I try to be an open book so I’m always open to answering any question.
6. When did you start learning Korean? Any tips for people who are trying to to self study?
Officially, I started taking classes the fall semester of my Junior year in college (which is about a year ago). I had always been interested in the language and had done some learning earlier, but nothing serious. I actually taught myself how to read/write the alphabet (which is super simple) through a lot of online websites. I really like Talk to me in Korean and Korea University’s Online Korean Program. Being bilingual growing up really helped me with language learning skills in that I am able to easily pick up on new languages. However, when it comes to the gritty parts of language learning, it’s difficult for me to learn without the structure of a classroom. If you are serious about learning a language, my biggest piece of advice is to study constantly and study smart. Find ways to incorporate the language into your life so you see and hear it. For example, put a post-it note on a chair written in your target language and read it out loud before sitting down. This helps you solidify vocabulary and make sure you keep up with practice and speaking. My other big piece of advice for self studying is to find a fluent speaker (preferably a native) or someone else who is studying the same language and has a little bit more knowledge than you. The biggest thing with language is that you will never learn it unless you constantly practice. You should try and talk to those native speakers in the language you are learning and let them correct you and give you advice on how to say things. Colloquially, no language is the same as what you read in a textbook. Of course textbooks are important, but hearing the language in movies/tv, talking to a native speaker and hearing it in that country, is COMPLETELY different. I’m not gonna lie, self studying is hard. But, if you are motivated and passionate, you can definitely do it! (That’s how I’m learning Hindi!)
Bonus: travel to a place where that language is spoken!!! This is optional (because I know not everyone can travel) but highly recommend if you can. Immersion is the best way to learn. Even if your speaking skills don’t fully improve, your listening and comprehension will 100% improve. I promise. When I went to France for just 2.5 weeks, I came back with incredible French that I didn’t even realize I could speak. It really does wonders to travel!
7. Why isn’t it a single yike? help.
This is a question I’ve always asked and never understood. So, my dear reader, i will leave you to think about this too. Why do we always say yikes in plural, why not singular?
Alright! That’s all I’ve got for today, I hope you enjoyed reading my little Q&A and hopefully I’ll make some more in the future!
Now I will leave you with some advice: wear your seatbelt, put on sunscreen, and always wait 30mins after eating to go swimming.
Till next time,