University years – Completely special time in the life of Korean or Korean. Although now Korea and ranks fifth in the world in the share of high school graduates who receive higher education, it does not mean to get into the university here. On the contrary, the average competition in universities is two people per place, and in leading universities he is much higher. The diploma of a good university in Korea is the indispensable condition for a successful career in any field, so that schoolchildren are attached to university incredible efforts. The Korean receipt system is arranged in such a way that the Blot, and the money dads are almost powerless, and for the success of the applicant, you have to work literally days and nights.
However, success reveals considerable opportunities, and it is clear how proud of one who managed to get to the university, especially in the prestigious. At the same time, at unwritten tradition, students are relaxing after severe and many years of applicant marathon. In essence, for most Koreans, university years is a short sip of freedom. Behind the school remains with its huge homework, a desperate, extinguishing cramp. Ahead, how well knows, university graduates are waiting for work in companies, where they also do not relax (10 hours of work per day, 1 day off a week, 5 days of vacation per year). Therefore, students are trying to spend these four years, especially since the marks for their future do not have much influence. No matter how you studied, it is important – in which university. Professor, in general, belong to such a position with understanding, and do not really do students with their requirements. As a recently noticed a professor from the prestigious Women’s University of Ivya: "I can’t demand from female students so that they do a lot. They all remember how parents spoke them at school: "Now, of course, it is hard, but at the university will rest!". These are our traditions"
Indeed, for most students an active part in all kinds of clubs and circles a much more important part of university life than the classes themselves. The activity of student self-government is of great importance, and Students is a considerable force, quite comparable in its meaning with the rectot. The chairmen of the student councils are chosen annually, and for the course of this election campaign, quite serious political browsers are closely monitored.
For students of universities, especially large, characteristic of the fervor "University patriotism". Those connections that are tied up in university years, are of particular importance in Korea and remain for life. According to the Korean tradition, graduates of the same university must provide each other all of the assistance, even if they were not familiar to university years.
Each university has its carefully protected traditions of student life, its annual festival, cult of founder and famous graduates, their coat of arms, motto and symbol. The university’s motto is usually served by some Ancient Chinese saying (Ancient Chinese and today is perceived in Korea as a language of high and classical culture). Sometimes, however, you can meet the motto on Korean, English and even Latin or Greek. University symbol is any animal or plant. In peculiar "University Zoo" You can see the most different animals – Eagle (Symbol of the University of NSA), Tiger (University of Cor), Turtle (University of Kings), and even yellow (yes, it is just yellow!) Cow (a commitment to the yellow cow is famous for the University of Conguk) or the mythical dragon (University Chunoan). Vegetable symbols are much less, and they are more common in women’s universities. So, the University of Ivy made his symbol of a pear flower (the name of the university translated from the ancient Chinese means "Pear flower").
The culmination of student life is the festival that takes place once a year. Mostly (but as far as I know, not in all) universities spend it in autumn, in order to enable better to prepare for him and first-year students who in Korea come to universities in the fall, as in Russia, and in the spring. This festival is an ambitious event that lasts usually for about a week. Of course, classes at the university are stopped at this time.
Another tradition is the tourist trips to the whole group in the mountains or to the sea for a few days. They are called mt, from the English Membership Training, that I would slightly translated as "Education of collective spirit". By the way, these trips are also organized in the school time and with the consent of the administration. Each university or faculty has its traditional places for such travel.
It is in this joint activity that the spirit of university collectivism, which remains in Koreans for life arises and shares. Well, student? Learning can and wait a bit.