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안녕, 계대. 안녕, 대구.

[English translation below]

Graduation

오늘은 공식적으로 계명 대학교의 한국어학당을 졸업했다.
이제 한 1년 반 동안 대구에서 살았고 계대 어학당에 다녀왔다.
오늘 좀..아쉬운 마음이 있다.
처음엔 불평을 너무 많이 했고 내 소중한 친구들과 보낼 수 있는 시간을 충분히 진가를 인정 못 해서 그런다.
그런데 가장 심하게 느끼는 것은 틀림없이 이렇게 이런 많은 친절하고 재미있는 사람들을 만날 수 있는 감사이다.

일 년 동안 같이 공부하고, 놀고, 울고 웃고 같이 살았던 친구들과 여기 보낸 시간을 잊을 수 없는 것이다. 항상 내 마음 속에 가지고 있는 기억들 될 것이다.
데릭 형과 평일밤이라도 밤 깊도록 술 마시면서 게임 하거나 험담을 하는 걸, 개리랑 스타크래프트의 미세한 점을 논증하는 걸, 파라와 내 인생의 걱정들 다 흘리고 상의하는 걸, 찬, 미카, 노라 등과 빙수이나 먹으면서 얘기하는 것을 다 여기 오기 전에 상상하기도 못한 소중한 기억이 되었다.
나는 계대 아니고 다른 대학교에 갔다면 이 사람들을 못 만나서 큰 손실이겠다.
또는 여기 만난 한국 친구들도 절대 잃고 싶지 않다.
휘수, 정주, 혜정, 혜민 그리고 많이 못 만난 다른 친구들이 있어서 내 한국 생활을 훨씬 더 즐겁게 보낼 수 있었고 항상 나 위해 있어서 진짜 고마워.
여기 있을 때를 생각하면 학교를 생각하지 않고, 불편을 생각하지 않은데 너희들 생각해, 친구야.

근데 그것이 학교가 중요하지 않다는 것은 아니다.
실은, 바보이라서 공부 많이 안 했던 걸 많이 후회하는데 계대의 선생님들에게 진짜 큰 칭찬을 주고 싶다.
2014 년 8월에 여기 올 때 한국말 ‘대박, 헐, 나쁜 놈’ 밖에 몰랐는데 학기마다 한국 실력이 조금씩 천천히 늘었고 아직 많~이 배워야 해도 이제는 ‘나는 한국어를 말할 수 있어’다고 말하면 크게 당황하지 않다.

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좋은 선생님과 안 좋은 선생님도 있겠지만 일 년 반 동안 공부하다가 계대 선생님들 주로 좋은 선생님인지 알게 되었다.
우리는 힘들고, 피곤하고 껄끄러울 때도 선생님들 항상 응원했고 우리에게 정나미가 떨어지지 않아서 감동적이다.
특히 최근에 만난 이지연 선생님, 오~오~오래 전에 만난 우리 배성영 선생님, 긴 기간 동안 못 만난 이민경 선생님과 이우미 선생님들 진짜 월급 인상을 자격이 충분이다. 선생님만 아니고 친구처럼 날 돌봐서 어떻게 감사를 줘야 할지 모르겠다.

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내 미래가 아직도 분명하지 않은데..
이 기간을 이렇게 너희들과 보낼 수 있어서 먼저 가장 큰 축복이야.
이거 밖에 필요한 게 없어.
고마워, 친구들.
고마워, 한국.


Today I officially graduated from the Language Institute of Keimyung University.
I’ve lived in Daegu and attended Keimyung for nearly one and a half years now.
So today my heart feels a bit…heavy.
I feel bad for always complaining so much about little things in the early days instead of enjoying my precious time with my friends as much as I should have.
But the thing I’m feeling the most right now is without a doubt the gratitude that I feel for having been able to meet so many kind, fun and wonderful people.

For one year we studied together, played together, cried, laughed and lived together.
Those were times that I can never forget and they will stay in my heart and my memories forever.
Spending the night over at Derek’s place playing video games and shittalking while getting drunk on a school night, discussing the finer points of Starcraft (or Magic) with Gary, pouring out all my troubles and worries to Farah or eating ice cream or other delicious food with Mika, Chan, Nora and the rest…all those things have become my precious memories.
If I hadn’t been sent to Keimyung, but to another university, I would never have been able to meet these amazing people. So I can’t be thankful enough to have ended up here.
I also never want to forget my Korean friends that I met here.
Without Hwisoo, Jungyoo, Hyejung, Haemin and other friends who I unfortunately couldn’t meet as often my Korean life would not have been this fun and interesting, and I want to thank all of you for always being there for me.
When I think about the time that I spent here in Daegu, I don’t think about school. I don’t think about the many problems that I had or the many stupid things I complained about. I think about all of you guys.

Of course that doesn’t mean that school wasn’t important.
In fact, even though I regret that I didn’t study a lot because I’m a lazy dumbass, I want to give the Keimyung teachers a big thanks.
When I came here in August 2014, I barely knew any Korean, but with every semester I could feel my skills and confidence growing slowly but surely. Although I still have a lot to learn, I think I can now say ‘Yes, I can speak Korean’ without feeling too embarrassed.
There will always be good and less good teachers, but after studying here in Keimyung for one and a half years I can say that the teachers here are nothing short of amazing.
Even when we were having a hard time, were tired and prickly and did nothing but complain, our teachers always supported us and never gave up on us.
Especially Lee Yijun, who I only recently met for the first time; Bae Seoyoung, who I have known for quite some time now; Lee Mingyung and Lee Woomi who unfortunately only taught me for a short time deserve a raise of gigantic proportions.
They didn’t only care about me as a student, but looked after me as a friend and were always there to help when I needed them. For that, I cannot thank them enough.

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My future here in Korea is still not certain, but…
Just the fact that I got to spend this period with all of you is the biggest blessing I could receive.
What more could I need than this?
Thank you, my friends.
Thank you, Korea.

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One comment on “안녕, 계대. 안녕, 대구.

  1. Gemma
    28 January 2016

    Gefeliciteerd Rich! You did it!! Fijn om te lezen hoe je er op terug kijkt, en voor de toekomst: het komt zoals het komt. Liefs!

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