The Post Reporter
Lee Sang-woo (not his real name), a pre-Law major freshman has not attended classes for the past month. Mr. Lee is addicted to on-line games. He stays up all night playing computer games and sleeps all daytime. That's why he never attends classes.
He is from the country and has no friend. Although over 100 students went together to the law department, Mr. Lee didn't have a chance to become intimate with them. In addition, most of his familiar high school friends are cramming to repeat a college entrance exam, so he can't plead his grievous situation to anybody. He tried to attend an alumni meeting, but they pressed drink on him. The atmosphere on DU campus was bleak and desolate. He had expected romantic campus life, but the ideal was different from real.
The university seemed to be an another college entrance exam prep school. A sizable number of freshmen have already started a certificated examination in school library. It's not also easy to see the other students because they are busy to study English, take language course abroad, devote themselves to self-enrichment, etc. Mr. Lee is already concerned about final exam that will be taken a month later. He can't do anything for preparing the exam because he participated in each class only once or twice. He feels that he is a derelict. Mr. Lee complained his anxieties saying that, need escapeway but I don't have any good method.?
Park Eun-jung, also a freshman of DU, spends all the daytime alone except school hours. Ms. Park goes straight to a school library after morning classes. She studies some TOEFL books, takes a nap, and then has a lunch alone in the school restaurant. She feels isolated. Although Ms. Park blames on her introspective character watching the other active students, she doesn't have any good idea to join school clubs or a welcome meeting for freshmen. She said, when I was highschool student, I only thought about succeeding in college entrance exam. But university life is so desolate and uneasy to adapt. I found the reality quite different from what I had imagined.?
Like these cases, the number of maladapted freshmen are increased in each college. Because they are accustomed to high school life?that they did as their parents were instructed, a number of freshmen lose their aim or confused with their own values after going on to university. It is called the freshmen syndrome?in these days. The students who don't have ability to plan or decide by themselves suffer from this Freshmen syndrome? They used to be enervated and get into difficulties in social relationship. In the past, college students can overcome this syndrome with the intimate relations between the seniors and the juniors. However, university is being degraded to a means for students?employment in these days, so there are no intimate relationships on the campus anymore.
How To Cope with University Life
Why can't be those so many students adapted new school life? There are two major causes. The first is the faculty systems? It is hard to make new friends in college for Korean students, because they have always lived in small classroom with 30 or 40 friends during public education periods. There are usually 300 or 400 students in the faculty systems, so most of freshmen can hardly feel connection in university life. And also freshmen feel uneasy at campus life because the meaning of existing school clubs which offer a sense of stability to freshmen are being vanished, and the traditional relations between the seniors and the juniors are also being broken down. In addition, individualistic minds of students get strong and strong, thus they are operated as obstacles for freshmen to be adapted.
second reason is the lack of students?independent spirit. Most of Korean students absolutely fit themselves with enforcement of their parents or schedule of institutes in their school days. Therefore they have no opportunity to plan their own schedule by themselves before they come into the university. On the other hand, those students are holding too much freedom all at once in university life. They can use their time by their will for the first time. However, they used to be confused in new way of life. Nobody give them a formed plan, nobody let them know what they have to do, and nobody teach them how to cope with new way of life. That being so, freshmen easy to lose their interest in university life and even miss the classes, and eventually, each of them is becoming a maladapted student.
Many experts singled out sorry about future?and trouble in personal relationship?as main reasons of the freshmen syndrome? Kim Jun-gil, a researcher of the Center for Campus Life & Culture at Seoul National University (SNU) said that 밠ost of freshmen who visited our center complained their difficulties in kind of social relationships, and asked us to give some directions for their future.? SNU carried out Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory for all the freshmen of 2007. And they proceed mental counseling for 40 students who are suffer from the freshmen syndrome? If you have difficulties in your school life, you need to ask help to your acquaintances or have to visit consultation office,?Mr. Kim advised. it is important to set your realistic goal as an university student.?
As same as what he said, another experts also stressed that setting determined goal?is the way to overcome the freshmen syndrome?
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