In Korea, the infamous sleepless nights of a high school senior is often publicly rewarded. Nonetheless, there are also college students who work just as hard and spend many sleepless nights preparing for various state exams that we commonly identify as judicial, public administration, foreign affairs, and teacher exams. Students preparing for them are called gosiseng (gosi meaning exam and seng meaning student).
At Ewha, as with other schools, there are gosisengs who sleeplessly prepare for these exams. There is a special living space, called Soseul-gwan (So-seoul), next to Ewha Hanwoori dormitory that is designed to accommodate such students. According to Yoo So-young (Law, 3) who spent a semester there, So-seoul is different from normal dorms in that twice a week, at midnight, they hand out snacks. because it is hard to eat fruits while studying, the dorms often provide fruits, she says.
The living quarters also has a study room which is open all night for those who wish to use it. Sometimes it is hard to study in the room because your roommate might not be the ?ight owl?style. So we commonly use the library,?says Yoo who admits that most gosisengs will not pull an all-nighter unless an exam is close. ?he hardest thing is mind control, says Yoo. Without knowing what the future holds, one has to repeatedly encourage herself that they can do it.
With this, we would like to encourage all those who are sacrificing sleep now to build for the future.
"Sleepless in Ewha" is a column that explores what goes on behind the scenes of students?and peoples?lives on campus who do not go home at night for a good night? rest. It is dedicated to the sleepless in Ewha.