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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. I’m planning on studying there in fall 2016! I’ll be taking the intensive program over about 3 semesters and i read that the students taking that program are eligible to apply for the graduate dorms, does anyone have an idea?

    3 years ago
    • oh and another thing, does anyone know if they have some sorta opening day, where students get a tour of the campus and stuff at the beginning of each semester or is it only in spring?

      3 years ago
  2. Wow!!! I can’t believe how much the ECC has changed since I was there a few years ago! great video, makes me want to go back!

    5 years ago
  3. Yay you went to Ewha! :D I used to be a student there and loved it! A shame that you can’t get into the Library (as only students can) as it’s quite pretty inside. And a shame that you didn’t make it up to the top of the hill and to the other part of campus (where they have greenhouses and it’s really pretty). If you ever do go to Ewha again try to find Ewha Sarang (이화사랑) cafe where they sell really really really good Kimbap :D ^^

    5 years ago
  4. Hi i’m a korean girl and i just wanted to leave one message. Rare trash cans aren’t because you have to pay for trash bags. In the past, you could see trash cans around easily. But then people became to consider trash to lightly and trash began to roll around not IN trash cans but AROUND the trash cans. That’s why public trash cans became so rare. After reducing the number of public trash cans, we had cleaner roads and stuff.

    5 years ago
  5. Idol & Engrish definitely Simon 

    5 years ago
  6. Boys Before Flowers was filmed on 계명대학교’s campus in Daegu!
    It’s really pretty and you should totally drag Simon there!

    5 years ago
  7. i just want say  !!!MARTINA GOOD CHOICE!!TOP IS THE BEST !!!!I am Top’s top fans~Don’t be so jealous simon~POOR simon

    5 years ago
  8. TOP’s haiku is better….ahh blue hair and blueberries yuummmm….TOP<3 heh…martina is the best! heh…so yes Martina for YONGhwa's thingy and Simon for ENgRISH!!!

    5 years ago
  9. wait so, it’s not only for females to attend in this university? Since it said “Womens” university, i literally thought it was only for women haha. but then I saw the interview, which had guys in it. their university name is weird haha

    5 years ago
  10. hahahaha the Sherlock dance/walk/skip…thing!!!!
    okay……..Simon your haiku was definitely aimed at me as a hardcore Shawol but WHAT.THE.HECK???!!! that was creepy and disturbing!!!
    i vote for Simon’s engrish and the idol…….i love them both!!!

    5 years ago
  11. I can’t find where to vote on Facebook:

    Simon’s Engrish
    Simon’s Idol (LOVE Kim Hyun Joong!!!!!)

    5 years ago
  12. That was an awesome wank!! I’m studying Korean studies in Germany and next year we’re going to do an exchange year in Korea so it’s really interesting to see what other exchange students already experience there. And the campus is so pretty and huuuuuge!! Now I’m really excited about my exchange year! ^-^

    5 years ago
  13.  About the garbage bags: you do have to buy garbage bags for trash here in Korea–they are available at most grocery stores and have city logos printed on them.  However, it doesn’t explain why they don’t have more trash cans in public areas in Korea. 

    Whether they’re special designated bags you buy or plain white colored bags like Glad from Target–no country gives out free plastic trash bags for your home, right?  So why no public trash cans? 

    Perhaps they want to encourage proper recycling, so they don’t want public trash cans to fill up with recyclable items–best to keep your trash and put it in the proper place?

    5 years ago
  14. Simon for both engrish and Idol. and his haiku was funnier, even if Martina’s was truer. with all the time I’m on twitter, someday I will be on when you post and I will vote for you, Simon :D.

    5 years ago
  15. There’s a bunch of architects students in my dorm (in the US) and I was really surprised to see Ewha listed as some of their favorite architecture on the hall bulletin board. I thought that was pretty cool.

    5 years ago
  16. The student with the letter “E” on his jacket reminds me of one of the members from the J-pop group Arashi.

    5 years ago
  17. I’m totally rethinking my college plans.

    5 years ago
  18. Simon’s Engrish, Martina’s Idol :)

    5 years ago
  19. Oh and I pick Martina for Idol and Simon for Engrish :)

    5 years ago
  20. Wow this is awesome! I can’t believe you guys got to WANK at EWHA. The college I attend has an exchange program with EWHA, and it’s also an all womans college 2 (except men can attend the graduate classes.) I’ve always wanted to see how the campus is, and how the student life was like. I’ve been thinking of attending EWHA for a semester but wasn’t sure because I don’t kno any Korean nd my college doesn’t provide Korean as a foreign language class, (which I thought was weird.) I have friends who are exchange students from EWHA, and I always ask them how campus life is like over there lol. I’m glad you guys interviewed sum of the exchange students, I really think u guys should try to WANK at sum other universities/colleges from Korea too. ~Sorry…I know it’s a pretty long comment lol ^_^’

    5 years ago
  21. I vote for SIMON all the way~!
    Also, I laughed SO hard at the awesome segue into “Lies”. I just did that to someone the other day. :D

    5 years ago
  22. What’s the use of marking the haikus as A or B when it is absolutely clear that Martina wouldn’t write about nipple sweat? :D

    5 years ago
  23. i want to go to ewha

    5 years ago
  24. For alot of schools, having foreign students means more funding which is of course money, especially in a country that isn’t really known for ethnic diversity. Like if american colleges or universities tried to get funding from the govt. for letting in a foreign student whoever signs that check or wires the money would have a great time laughing their af

    5 years ago
    • Most exchange students don’t pay tuition to Ewha. They pay their home school’s tuition, but pay Ewha dorm expenses and incidental fees like medical. I think the reason that they allow male students through exchange is because the goal is to create partnerships with other universities that their students can make use of to expand their academic horizons. Why would an outside school want to affiliate with an institution that only accepts half of their student population? At least that is my thinking. I could be totally wrong.

      5 years ago
  25. Wow. Seems like an awesome University!! Do you need to know classroom korean to get in?

    5 years ago
  26. Simon for Engrish
    Martina for Idol

    Also Simon that was a really disturbing haiku. I’m sorry.

    5 years ago
  27. Hey guys~!!  For all international students out there !!! :) pleaseee if someone has desire and free time during summer can it be our “guide” for a day in Seoul and hongdae in most particularly !!! I know it’s a weird question LOL but couple of friends and me are going to Seoul this summer on a holiday and would love someone to show us around especially a student one!!! we are all students from England – London , Oxford and Cambridge and are more than happy to return the favour to anyone planing visit here. Thanks in advance and sorry for the weridness of this post  loooool :) cheeersss!!!

    5 years ago
  28. I guess Simon wins the Engrish challenge, but how can you say no to CN Blue’s lead singer – he’s so dreamy!

    5 years ago
  29. holy smokes why is their campus so pretty. aww simon “I fell in love.” *pats* it’s ok, it’s ok. 

    Martina’s coffee english and yonghwa’s gigantic pic ^^

    5 years ago
  30. Where’d you get your backpack from?  What brand?  Where can I get this awesome backpack?  The grey one.

    5 years ago
  31. Come to SKKU or Korea University guise!!!!!!

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

    5 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.

      5 years ago
  33. BBB for engrish and Martina for Idol

    5 years ago
  34. Jihoo and simon’s english 

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

    5 years ago
  36. Simon’s Engrish.  Martina’s idol.  Simon’s haiku.  Martina’s victory dance.

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

    5 years ago
  38. 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.

    5 years ago
  39. Simon on both Engrish and Idol!

    5 years ago
  40. 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.

    5 years ago
  41. 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.

    5 years ago
  42. 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.

    5 years ago
  43. Idol: Martina! YONGHWA FTW

    Engrish: Simon

    5 years ago
  44. 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! ^.^

    5 years ago
  45.  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

    5 years ago
  46. simon’s engrish and martina’s idol

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

    5 years ago
  48. 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! =)

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

    5 years ago
  50. 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!

    5 years ago
  51. 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.

    5 years ago
  52. 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.

    5 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…

      5 years ago
  53. 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?

    5 years ago
  54. 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

    5 years ago
  55. 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 :'(

    5 years ago
  56. 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 :)

    5 years ago
  57. 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.

    5 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!

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

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

    But for Engrish, Simon. 

    5 years ago
  60. 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.

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

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

    5 years ago
  63. 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.

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

    5 years ago
  65. 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!

    5 years ago
  66. 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!

    5 years ago
  67. 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. 

    5 years ago
  68. 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.

    5 years ago
  69. totally martina’s engrish and idol

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

    5 years ago