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Ewha Womans University

March 29, 2012

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Well, this was definitely a cool WANK we did this week! We went to a Korean university, spoke with a bunch of people who are students at the university, and got some – in our opinion – really pretty footage. It was easy to do so since Ewha’s a really pretty campus. Totally made us feel like we were back in University…which is a gross feeling. Yikes! We don’t talk much about our university lives: let’s just say we were totally different people then than we are now.

One thing we can say we didn’t like about Ewha University: holy steep hills Batman! It’s like, the entire campus is a pretty decent size if you’re looking from it up top, but all the mountains and hills makes it feel like a three hour journey to get from building A to building B. Ha! We’re over-exaggerating, of course, but there sure are a lot of hills on Ewha, and we probably felt them more than most people would considering that A) Martina’s ankle isn’t fully healed yet and B) while we were WANKing in Ewha I rolled the fizzlesnips out of my ankle. Like, really bad. Couldn’t walk on it by the end of the night so bad. Ah!

And to make the day suck a bit more, I got sick on Tuesday, so I couldn’t be my normal chipper self. Should have probably stayed at home and rested, but the prospect of finally seeing a Korean University and hanging out there for a day were too exciting. Today, though, I could barely get out of bed. And I think my sucky sissy baby attitude is making for a boring pity-party of a blog post. P.S. I feel clammy. And achy :( PITY ME!

Ok, I’ll try to focus and be more professional, ahem, in this blog post. My nose is so stuffy. Couple of interesting things we really noticed about Ewha: their underground facility thingamabob is really freaking nice. It’s, like, a big hill that’s been gutted. It’s got four floors or so of classrooms, coffee shops, study areas, a gym, and other cool facilities. Also, we were surprised at how quickly things shut down. At, like, 9:30PM, everything’s closed or closing for the night. What gives?! It’s a university! Shouldn’t it be bumping at night? Lastly: the spelling of the university is a bit confusing for me. “Womans” is what the website for the university says. Err…is there an English rule I’m unfamiliar with? There’s no apostrophe, and it’s not Women, either. Hrrm.

Otherwise, we had a great time there. Our chat with the international students is in our blooper footage, so check that out if you want to know more about what they said life was like as students in Korea:

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  1. Come to SKKU or Korea University guise!!!!!!

    4 years ago
  2. This university looks hecks expensive–did they mention how much tuition was for a semester?

    4 years ago
    • If I’m reading the website for ewha correctly the tuition is way lower than I expected  http://www.ewha.ac.kr/english/ heres the link.

      4 years ago
  3. BBB for engrish and Martina for Idol

    4 years ago
  4. Jihoo and simon’s english 

    4 years ago
  5. lol.. simon wins engrish and martina wins idol

    4 years ago
  6. Simon’s Engrish.  Martina’s idol.  Simon’s haiku.  Martina’s victory dance.

    4 years ago
  7. I vote for Yonghwa, I love CN Blue. And I vote for Simon’s Engrish.
    This was a good WANK.

    4 years ago
  8. Speaking of ridiculously expensive fruit in Asia, click on the attached image to see a $100 (circa 2008) watermelon in Japan (I might also add that it’s square). With the current exchange rate, this watermelon would cost even more. Fruit is so expensive in Japan that it’s often given as a gift (hence the bow). You can purchase a gift cantaloupe for about $20. Really the only fruit that is inexpensive, even by American standards, are bananas.

    4 years ago
  9. Simon on both Engrish and Idol!

    4 years ago
  10. If you’re gonna complain about those “hills” then you should try Hanyang Univ. I lost 5 kg walking up and down those hills. Martina’s poem and Simon’s Engrish ftw.

    4 years ago
  11. haha! lip my stocking! oh simon, you always reference the most random things. that has to be one of the reasons i lurv you guys so much.

    4 years ago
  12. I went to Ewha in 2010, for summer school, and I’m going back this summer. I was really excited to see that you guys were doing an Ewha WANK!

    I asked someone there about the Womans verses Women’s, and they said that, when the school was founded, the grammar rules in English were different or that the founders wanted it that way for some other reason, and that they’ve kept it like that for historical purposes? That seems a little suspicious, though.

    4 years ago
  13. Idol: Martina! YONGHWA FTW

    Engrish: Simon

    4 years ago
  14. Ha ha!  My former roommate and good friend is in this video!  Thanks for showing me what her new home looks like–what a cool place!  And I hope you get better, Simon! ^.^

    4 years ago
  15.  wow slepping room!!! really???? definitely I gotta go to Korea and get a master degree in something. I just love the campus, even though the shooting was too short to show the entire place

    4 years ago
  16. simon’s engrish and martina’s idol

    4 years ago
  17. I’m sorry, but Simon’s haiku was 1000X better…
    Nothing can beat Taemin’s nipple sweat.

    4 years ago
  18. Wah memories
    about ewha^^ Its a good university. And downstairs at the Italian restaurant
    there is a really good Korean restaurant, there are really nice the as well and
    really pashed with foreigners ;)

    I luved the
    reading-space- bock-mashie and I was surprised about the sleeping rooms, but I was
    told that ever Korean university have something like that.

    And you
    should do a SKY-University Wanking! =)

    4 years ago
  19. You should go to Korea University because I know someone that goes there! :)

    4 years ago
  20. LJ

    I would not eat a blueberry that looks like TOP’s hair.  haha & nipple sweat?! eww.  I’m sad I couldn’t vote, you tweeted the challenges when I was asleep :( Ehwa looks like a lovely campus!  Uh I vote Simon’s Engrish & though I am biased for Rui/Jihoo I vote Martina’s idol~ Jong Yong Hwa! Shinwooooo!

    4 years ago
  21. K.

    I absolutely love the vibe and atmosphere of university campuses. But you couldn’t pay me to be a university student again. UGH! Exams and studying for hours and group projects. Eff that. I like having my degree and just wandering around on college campuses when I feel like it much better…. not that that makes me sound creepy but whatever.

    4 years ago
  22. Also, at Ewha, if you miss a certain number of classes you automatically
    fail the course. A certain number of lates also makes up one absence. Some people have told me that in their class, if they’re even one or two minutes late there is no leniency.
    At my home university, attendance is not really an issue, unless you get
    marks for class participation (usually 10% of the grade). Even then, if
    you lost that 10%, you wouldn’t automatically fail for not showing
    your face in class. The attendance and lateness issue is something I’m
    really not fond of.

    4 years ago
    • i’m from the states and we have a rule like that here too….more than 5 absences(which you can get from being late a few times) makes you fail the course….so i guess if i’d to ewha (which i really want to now after watching this vid) i’d be pretty used to that rule heh…

      4 years ago
  23. Awesome Wanking Adventure! I’m looking into going back to school (eww…gross) after I’m done teaching here (Busan).  Btw, Martina your backpack and iPad case are freaking awesome.  Can you tell me where I can get an iPad case similar to that?

    4 years ago
  24. Please, please, please do go to Yonsei International Summer School! Because of your amazing videos that I’ve been seeing for the past 2 years I summed up my courage, applied and I’m studying there abroad for the summer!  :D

    4 years ago
  25. The class schedule time in a bit different at Ewha (the student talking about it in the video is from Yonsei ^^). Basically it’s almost like being in (an Ontario) high school again. Classes are arranged into periods from period 1 to period 7. Each period runs for 75 minutes with a 15 minute break until the start of next period. I thought that 15 minutes was long at first, but you really need that time, maybe more, to climb the hills around campus.

    I got confused by this because, at my home university, classes are just listed by the start time. Like if the class starts at 2pm and ends at 5pm, it just says 2-5. Here at Ewha, classes are listed by period. So if your class says 4~5, it’s not an hour long lecture starting at 4pm. The class runs from period 4 to period 5 (12:30pm – 3:15pm, with a 15min break from 1:25pm until 2pm). Period 1 starts at 8am. All Korean language classes begin first period :'(

    4 years ago
  26. When I was studying at college, Ewha was one of the options that I considered to go study abroad, so I’m really thankful you guys went there for this WANK, because now I know how it actually looks like. I wish my university were like that!!

    Kisses and “get well”s and cheers from Argentina :)

    4 years ago
  27. Wikipedia has an explanation of why it’s called Womans and not Women’s.  Although I don’t really buy the explanation.  I think it’s another example of Engrish.  And that’s sad for a university, IMHO.

    4 years ago
    • HEY!! I’m EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY’s student.

      And  “WOMANS” are not engrish!!

      You’re INSULTING my school!

      University founders wanted to express that EWHA Univ. will care & cosider  every single student as precious,talented student!!

      So they added S to WOMAN!

      4 years ago
  28. I really enjoyed the interviews with the International students! The conversation seemed to flow really casually. It was really interesting hearing about their experiences.

    4 years ago
  29. I vote for “CN Blue’s lead singer” aka Yonghwa <3
    (complete Boice here)

    But for Engrish, Simon. 

    4 years ago
  30. no food? :(

    But great WANK though. It was really informative! I’d been wondering what Korean universities were like, and actually East Asian schools in general. Since you guys used to teach in grade schools, it would be cool if you could do an in-depth look at those too.

    4 years ago
  31. this is so interesting!! it would be awesome to study abroad but it seems quite intimidating

    4 years ago
  32. i just got my acceptance letter to the university of Saskatchewan and I’m uber excited this video came at the perfect time.  

    4 years ago
  33. Wait, what was that at the end Martina?!?  I really want to study abroad in a foreign country, I hope maybe Spain, Korea, or Japan.

    4 years ago
  34. I  am so gald you went there because my sister goes there and simon get better

    4 years ago
  35. I’m so glad you guys went to Ehwa. I went to Korea for the first time last summer and one of my friends gave us a tour of the University. I really wished I could have gone inside the reading room. It looked really cool from the outside because you could only see the lights through the semi tranparent glass so it sort of gave it a Harry Potter-esque feeling. Also my Korean male friends had never been to Ehwa University before so they were kinda happy lol. I hope you guys tour Korea Univeristy or Yonsei University next!  I also really loved that they have an ATM there that accepts foreign credit cards!

    4 years ago
  36. Oh dang I had totally wanted to go to Ewha since like four years ago! I’m so jealous, but thanks for showing a lot of the campus!

    4 years ago
  37. One thing I wish I had done while in college: study for a semester in a foreign university. I did get to work for a year in Korea though and when I visited Seoul I walked through Ewha’s campus. It really is gorgeous. 

    4 years ago
  38. A gazillion-trillion female students vying for a handful of male students, who are ALL FOREIGN?
    Sounds like the ultimate dating colosseum. Difficulty, over 9000.

    4 years ago
  39. totally martina’s engrish and idol

    4 years ago
  40. this is my dream, i really want to study in a different country! im colombian :)

    4 years ago