What do you do when you like a friend as more than a friend?

“Nah, he’s/she’s just a friend…”

(Sure…)

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(c. Jamine Kang ’16)

What do you do when you like your friend as more than a friend?

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Notes on someone more than a friend

You’ve been friends with him/her for who knows how long. The two of you know each other deeply, and both acknowledge the depth of your relationship. But she looks different today. Is it her hair? Nah, it’s the same as before. Did she get new clothes? New makeup maybe? You continue to make vain attempts to point out something that is making her look different.

Well, maybe it isn’t her. Maybe it’s you who changed after all. You’re feeling something more towards her.

It sucks to be stuck between zero and one, between “just friends” and something more. It’s quite a confusing feeling, as your relationship has just now entered a grey area. When you’re in this dilemma, note that you must tread carefully. Before anything, try to get a good grasp on your own feelings first. Give yourself some time to reconsider your relationship with him/her, and understand your own thoughts. Do you really need to turn your friendship into romance? What would be the consequences of doing so? How would he/she react? Do I really like him/her? Make sure that it’s really love and affection, not a small crush that lasts only a few days.

The important thing is to figure out what is more important: your feelings or your friendship. When you try to further your relationship into a romantic interest, it’s pretty much guaranteed that there will be no going back into a comfortable friendship. When the romantic relationship doesn’t necessarily work out the way you wanted to, the friendship will also be lost, and may just be plain awkward. Be aware of these potential consequences.

But if he/she is really worth giving a shot at, if revealing your feelings is more important than hiding them, begin by trying to be conscious of his/her words, body language, and attitude when you’re with him/her. Test the waters by starting to try out things you two haven’t done before, and spend more time together.

If it feels it’s the right time, meet him/her face to face to tell him/her how you’ve felt all along. If your friend returns your feelings, well, congratulations! But even if your friend doesn’t feel the same way you do, you know that you’ve been truthful to yourself, and both of you now know how each other feels.

Your friend must be an amazing person if you’re feeling that way to him/her. But always remember that before anything, it’s you who must be happy. Make the decision that will make you feel genuine to yourself.

Best of luck.


tumblr_inline_n3rg12VVbE1riwpmj: So, I’m going to assume that you’re falling for your friend and you don’t know what to do. It isn’t a rare phenomenon, developing greater feelings for your friend. The more you spend time with your friend, and the more you disclose personal information to your friend, the more likely one of you two is going to perceive one another as more than a friend.

But to be completely honest, I think it’s a terrible idea to chase after your friend. If chemistry sparks between you two and things begin to take a step further, the “what if’s” will dominate your relationship before you know it. And keep in mind that when the relationship works out, but eventually comes to an end, it won’t be the only thing that breaks apart – your friendship will also be on the line. Of course, a myriad of factors can bring about different results. I’m just throwing out a possibility here.

Yet, don’t we all make disastrous decisions once in a while? The “what if’s” exist to falter hopes, but the ‘maybes’ will foster your imagination and urge you to aim a goal at your friend. As risky as it is, giving it a go will keep you from having regrets in the future. If you can’t stand remaining as awkward friends, give it a go.

 

First, start by observing your friend a bit closer. See if he or she is also sharing the same feelings as you are. Flirt around a bit; it won’t hurt. Meet more regularly, spend time doing activities that you guys usually didn’t do. Make memories, experiences that both of you won’t be able to forget.

If your friend’s on the same page as you and cherishes you the same way, there’s no need for further advice. On the other hand, though, if you aren’t getting the same vibes, it’s time to maintain what you’ve got. Rather than aiming high and losing everything (aka your friendship), it would be a more comfortable ordeal for not only your friend, but also for yourself, to accept your friend as just a friend.

 Don’t worry about how awkward it’ll be after you chase after your friend. Give it your best shot, but restrain yourself from overdoing anything. In the end, I’m pretty certain that you won’t have any regrets about giving your friend a go. At least you would be able to determine where you two will stand in the future – probably one that’s stable and includes both of you.

For now, try to look at your situation from the bigger view and weigh the pros and cons. Whatever I ramble on about is merely advice. You make the final decision.

– The Blueprint Advice Team

*If you have any questions about friends, relationships, life, or just anything, email us at blueprint@kis.or.kr and we’ll answer them in the next column!

Header: Jamine Kang (’16)

Fresh Off ABC: Fresh Off The Boat

There’s a new cool kid in the TV town, and you just might relate to him.

Ever felt like you didn’t belong because of cultural differences? Ever experienced being the new kid after moving to a school and environment where you knew absolutely nobody? Ever just need to laugh every, oh I don’t know, Tuesday? If you’ve answered yes to any of these three questions, you’re in luck. ABC’s new comedy sitcom airing every Tuesday, “Fresh Off the Boat” will get you going on laughing, relating, and binge-watching.

“Fresh Off the Boat”, a show based on the memoir of an American restaurateur, Eddie Huang, is sweeping the nation with it’s unique and hysterical plotline. The story is told through the eyes of young Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang), who is eleven years old. The story starts off with Eddie and the rest of his Taiwanese family, his father (Randall Park), mother (Constance Wu), two brothers, Emery (Forrest Wheeler) and Evan (Ian Chen), and his grandmother (Lucille Song), making their way from Washington D.C. to Orlando, Florida. His father decides to open up a restaurant there called Cattleman’s Ranch, in order to embrace the American Dream. After all, it’s all he has ever dreamed of, and he’s determined to take his whole family on the journey. Of course, there’s always the unhappy ones when moving. Eddie is scared about fitting in at his new school, and his mother complains that the humidity of Orlando is not good for her hair. Despite fears and difficulties, the Asian-American family tries their best to “blend in” even if it really doesn’t work out.

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Because the Huangs are seen as “foreigners” in their new, all-white neighborhood, many culture-clashes occur. Considered a minority, the family is stared at with the eyes of both curious and bewildered people. The show follows a non-white family trying to adapt to suburban, white culture in comedic and relatable ways, portraying the toughness of fitting in while being “different”. Eddie’s new neighbors and peers at school make fun of the Chinese food he brings for lunch, his last name that no one can pronounce correctly, and the way he looks. They even act surprised that his English is “good,” when in reality, he was born and raised in the United States.

 

 

Despite adversities, no one can stop Eddie and his family’s hike to the American dream. Still not convinced to watch this amazing show?

Check out some of the funniest moments from Fresh Off the Boat – when the show got too real.

 

White kids make fun of Eddie’s lunch:

We’ve probably all experienced this. People who are not of our culture getting surprised by so-called “exotic” food Asian people eat. What Eddie and his family consider normal, is not by those who have no knowledge about their culture. It’s human nature to be surprised when you see something abnormal that you’re not used to seeing everyday. However, instead of accepting diversities, the immature students at Eddie’s new school takes this to a whole new level by using it as an excuse to tease him about it. Being bullied about being different? TOO REAL.

 

Asian parents: Go big or go home

When Eddie is called a “chink” by a student in his new school, he lashes out inappropriate language that even the principal has never heard of (and he’s from Boston!). When the principal suggests a possible suspension taking place, instead of accepting the consequences, Eddie’s mother and father defend him by taking his side. Parents always on our side? TOO REAL.

 

“Too expensive”

 

When Eddie goes clothes shopping, his mother takes one look at the price tag and simply says, “too much”. When it comes to Asian stereotypes, one major one is that Asian people are cheap. I guess that’s not 100% false. We like to bargain and get the best of the best deals out there. That one look Eddie’s mother gave him when she saw the number on the price tag is TOO REAL… and too familiar.

 

There’s not a moment where you can’t relate to Eddie Huang. After all, we are living in an Asian society. Don’t miss out on the rest of the season! Laughs, giggles, smiles are guaranteed.

– Leona Mauryama (’17)
Header: ABC 

Orchestra Drama Llama

You’ve heard all the rumors, but Blueprint’s got the truth.

Over the past couple years, KIS has been through some dynamic changes: the one-three test regulation, the no-flip-flops rule, the prospective 8th block, and many more that more or less improved the lives of the KISians. However, there was one recent change in the music department that was a stifling shock to many. This catastrophic change baffled the prospective AP Music Theory students, unimaginably distressed the Tri-M officers, and left nine current juniors with an empty, extra block. 

So what exactly was this disaster?

Keep scrollin’.

 

Recently, what seemed to be an easy time of course registration became a time of pure frustration for many current orchestra students as Dr. Kang, the HS and MS orchestra teacher, shortened the number of prospective orchestra members. The choice was highly upsetting especially because of the specific group of people that were removed. Turns out, the current 11th graders who did not attend KIMEA were the majority of the elimination list.

Some were understanding…

  • “Since I’ve been in orchestra for a few years now, it was hard to imagine a school year without it. Although we don’t know the exact reasons why many juniors got cut from orchestra this year, whatever decision Dr. Kang made probably has a reasonable purpose behind it… sadly.” — Anonymous (’16)

 

But some were not…

  • “To my 541 word email I had sent her, she simply replied, ‘Please let me know if you would like to take Concert Orchestra next year.’ This upsets me the most: the fact that she could be so nonchalant about a class that meant the world to me.” — Anonymous (’16)

 

While some replied with pure anger: 

  • “This isn’t a hyperbole: we all know that all the juniors got cut because of [Dr. Kang’s] pure hatred towards the class of 2016. No matter how hard we try to understand her decision, it,  really, is impossible to do.” – Anonymous (‘16)

 

Olivia Kim (’16) is one of the few that has managed to a sound remedy for this disaster.

Blueprint: How do you feel about this sudden, unexpected news?

OK: At first, I was devastated; it was a tragedy. However, now, I have hope for new beginnings!

BP: So, what are you gonna do now? What’s your plan/solution?

OK: I will be taking Advanced Theater next year. Acting was always my hidden dream, and I’m excited to discover more of it next year.

 

Every turmoil has its lesson, and this one – despite the anger and confusion – has something we can learn from as well. This mishap might not merely be a “high-school” drama. In fact, it may happen again. No matter how far or how intricately we plan for our future, there are things that we have zero control over, and—fortunately, or unfortunately—we need to be okay with that. Adjustability and forgiveness seem to be the key in life.

 

– Lina Oh (’16)
Header: Faith Choi (’16)

Sketchbook Review

Our school just can’t get enough of our musical talents.

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(JohnDavid Choi ’18)

Patio on Fire, Unplugged, and now, KIS Music Entertainment’s Sketchbook. Music Entertainment Club held their very first concert last Friday, and it ended up being a huge turnout. Both students and parents enjoyed high quality music performed by KIS’ most renowned and talented musicians, as well as savory food prepared by the club’s marketing group. Who doesn’t appreciate relaxing music while munching on house burgers and sipping on their original mocktail? Wait, did you miss out on the event? Don’t worry, Blueprint’s got you covered. Read more to find out more about what happened at the conference hall on April 3rd.

 

Suahn Hur ('18) and Suji Yang ('18) create a beautiful harmony with their vocals. (JohnDavid Choi, '18)
Suahn Hur (’18) and Suji Yang (’18) create a beautiful harmony with their vocals. (JohnDavid Choi, ’18)

But before that, when did KIS Music Entertainment even become a club? The club was founded this semester, by Yumi Kim (‘17) and Stacy Jo (‘17), and helped out by seniors, Yeon Ho Kang (‘15) and Peter Kim (‘15) to make the club a dream-come-true. The club was created for the purpose of organizing annual large-scaled concerts that are completely student-led. Kind of crazy, huh?

As Yeon Ho Peter Kang (‘15), the club’s President says,

“The KIS Music Entertainment club started by the thought of ‘Hey, why not create a club that raises fund for a concert and organize one?’ This happened in September last year. After months of planning, the club was created in the second semester in hopes of a concert in April”.

They managed to achieve such a feat without any help from teachers. The key is the cooperativity and teamwork between the club’s arts, technology, vocalists, session band, marketing, and backstage groups. Each club member offered help in the various areas for their first concert, Sketchbook, to become a genuine success. “Art, tech, vocalist, session, advertisement departments each selected a leader for their department and gave their best,” says Yeon Ho (‘15).

 

Peter Kang ('15) totally, completely owns the stage. (JohnDavid Choi '18)
Peter Kang (’15) totally, completely owning the stage. (JohnDavid Choi, ’18)

If you think about it, having a completely student-led, teacher-free event bring successful results is pretty tough. As Jungwook Han (‘16), the secondary leader of the technology section mentions,

“One of the main reasons Sketchbook was different from Patio on Fire or Unplugged is that the whole thing was student-led, meaning that the band setup, advertisement plans, budget management, lighting, and many more aspects of the show were all done by student members. In the beginning, the general goal was to create a student-led professional entertainment group that would seem as if it were actually produced by adults, so we can say that it was achieved quite successfully by the first official concert from the KIS Music Entertainment Club”.

Sure, it may seem like any other concert. But what it took for the club to get here, is a whole different story. 

Following their motto, “To produce their very own concerts,” KIS Music Entertainment club worked extremely hard and devoted a significant amount of time during these past four months. Members all sacrificed their after school free times as well as their lunch times to both advertise and get ready for their concert. After all, perseverance is a must when it comes to successful endings. As Yeon Ho Kang (‘15) recalls,

“About thirty people, including in and outside club members, sacrificed their own time to actually organize the concert.”

Erica Lee (‘17) and Yumi Kim (‘17), both members of the club frantically run around to sell tickets, and Stacy Jo (‘17) passionately practicing her singing in the practice room were not rare sights. And the end product was certainly a huge payoff of their efforts. From Sooji Yang (‘18)’s  angelic voice to Michelle Bae (‘17)’s so-very-talented singing, the audience was absolutely stunned by the performance quality. One of the audience members, Grace Kim (‘17) reflects upon the concert as, “It was refreshing, hearing nice quality music (especially Masa’s saxophone skills).”

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Michelle Bae (’17) also made an appearance to show off her über talented skills. (JohnDavid Choi, ’18)

 No doubt, each and every club member is both extremely satisfied and proud of what Sketchbook has become after four rigorous months. Here are some of the things the club members have to say about Sketchbook, now that it’s all over.

 

“It was a great experience as a newcomer to this school and to the world of performance music”.

– Suahn Hur (‘18)

 

“It was truly amazing. I’d never thought that just a band of kids could go so far and perform so well”.

– Jared Son (‘19)

 

“I got scouted by Stacy since the original drummer could not stay with us. I was the only Middle School session member except the strings quartet. I thought the upperclassmen would be very strict, but they were actually really nice to me and we were able to become close quickly. Through this experience, I learnt a lot on how to work with people older than me. I hope I get into the club next year too!”

–  Jaemin Yoo (‘19)

 

“I never could have thought our first performance would be a huge success! I guess that’s just how powerful music is. And that’s the reason I joined: to make good music for all to listen to”.

–  Daniel Park (‘17)

 

“I believe that sketchbook was a great success, and I’m so glad that things had turned out well. however, there were some bumps in the road that took a lot of time to fix, but by next year, those will disappear and we will have plenty of time to fix them. I’m looking forward to next year, and the future of the club as a whole”.

– Stacy Jo (‘17)

 

“Although the concert had some technical issues during the performance, the performers and the backstage crew gave their best and we are completely satisfied with our result. This club will continue on until the end of KIS and the alumni are going to give support to the club. The goal of the club is to be the biggest and the most powerful musical organization in KIS that can fund school’s musical events and lend necessary equipments for the musical activities that students want to make happen. The performance level of the concert will improve every year and hopefully, it will be something that only KIS can manage and only KIS can organize. Hoping that it will be something that even the other international schools admire and come to watch”.

– Yeon Ho Kang (‘15)

 

“Sketchbook was extremely successful. The club received only positive comments about the music, the food, and atmosphere. Considering that our club is only a semester old (3 months!), I’m still awed at the quality and effort of the work that the club members put in for the concert. Special thanks to Peter Kang, Stacy Jo, Yumi Kim, who took on leading roles throughout the preparation process”.

–  Peter Kim (‘15)

 

We all cannot wait for what KIS Music Entertainment Club has to show us next time. Their first concert was more than impressive, so who knows what their second one will be like? Peter Kim (‘15), the club President, also remarked,

“For next year, I’d love to see the club spread out more within the school community. As the name of the club, ‘KIS Music Entertainment’ suggests, I hope the club reaches a professional status so that other clubs and school organizations can consult us for music performance related events. And I hope they do better than this year’s concert!”

 

Sketchbook was a lovely experience for us all, and it gave us the strength to hold on until the end of this school year. Thank you, KIS Music Entertainment club, for organizing Sketchbook and providing us with a piece of peace before the AP exams and finals!


– Leona Maruyama
Header: JohnDavid Choi (’18)

One Hellish Month of AP Preparations

The APs are coming.

AP exams take its prolonged seat through the first two weeks of May, which means studying begins now. How do you remember everything from a course that began nine months ago? Well, certainly not by cramming. It’s the beginning of April, the perfect time to efficiently study and prepare for the AP exams, and these are some tips to guide you to a 5.

 

      1. Know the exams you are taking

AP exams present itself in a variety of formats. Take for example, AP United States History. APUSH exams are composed of short-answer, document-based, multiple choice, and long-essay questions. Unlike APUSH, AP Language and Composition exams are comprised of three long-essays and a multiple choice section. Knowing your respective exam, its structure, directions, and grading criteria, should be the first critical step for you to take. The time limit and number of questions vary for each test as well, so be aware!

 

      2. Have a study routine for each exam

Throughout the year, as you studied for the AP courses in class and at home, you probably discovered your strengths and weaknesses. Make sure to sort your priorities based on how comfortable you feel with the subject, especially if you take more than one AP course. Don’t end up wasting time studying for something that you already know; invest your time smartly.

Spend a few minutes each day for the relatively easy APs. Studying over an interval was proven to be an efficient way of learning, so start early and try to use your leisure time on the bus or while waiting for a meal to review previous concepts or notes. For the more rigorous APs, put aside a separate session for you to study solely on that subject. Of course, a ridiculously lengthy period would be brain-throbbing. People tend to lose concentration after thirty minutes, so build a schedule that includes a short break every so often. In addition to that, studying the same subject for too long reduces memorization and concentration levels. Spice things up by changing the subject of your study every hour or so.

In conclusion, plan a weekly schedule that you can stick to, a smart schedule that considers the APs from your perspective and involves nothing unrealistic.

 

     3. Buy AP preparation books

It’s not a waste of money. AP prep books are basically a compilation, a summary, of everything that you learned from the beginning of the curriculum. Of course, the best way to use prep books is to start reading through it from the start of the school year. But if you haven’t done that, it’s not too late to purchase it now. Again, don’t study for something that you are familiar with. Read, highlight, and annotate the sections that you truly need to review. Plus, prep books include practice tests, a terribly important resource.

Renowned preparation books come from companies including Barrons, Kaplan, The Princeton Review, 5 Steps to a 5, and CliffsAP.

 

     4. Look for appropriate study resources

Along with the AP prep books, extend your range of resources by looking online. Youtube provides videos on a numerous number of subjects, varying from AP Biology to AP US History. Extra practice questions can be discovered from a single Google search, so embrace it.

Check out these two youtubers!

https://www.youtube.com/user/bozemanbiology

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC223Rd7yCfDo9fv6ENdNp9Q

 

     5. Use smart studying techniques

Reading prep books, to be honest, is not the most efficient way of studying. Of course, if you are yet unfamiliar with a topic, reading and absorbing the information is a must. As mentioned before, highlight, annotate, take notes if you must, but make sure to read interactively.

Otherwise, try finding a more interesting, engaging way of studying. For the sake of reviewing, using note cards is great. Make diagrams, read books, watch videos, use mnemonics, do whatever matches the subject of your AP and suits you!

 

     6. Take practice exams

This is a must. If one wants to excel in a sport, what does he or she do? He or she will most likely practice playing the sport. The same concept applies here. We’re preparing for an AP exam. The obvious thing to do would be to practice taking the exam. Prep books and the Internet are both widely available resources that can supply you with more than enough practice exams, example questions, and answer keys.

 

     7. Find help if you need it

If you fell behind the AP class or you just can’t grasp the concepts, seek help. Whether it be a tutor, hagwon, or teachers at school, if you have the ambition to score highly on the test, there are also people who are willing to help.

 

Hopefully, the seven tips will help you grow closer to a 5. Stay strong and persevere throughout all of April, and before you know it, the hellish month of AP preparations will be over and summer break will be awaiting.

– Becky Yang (’16)
Header: CollegeBoard

 

Mr. Hubbs’ Good Times

Let the good times roll for Mr. Hubbs and his students.

“You don’t even know us” is what most mutter in their minds as teachers fail to acknowledge the events that go on outside of the school campus. Academics and school itself is certainly a dominant part of students’ lives, but there’s more than that.
Mr. Hubbs, current APUSH and AP Econ teacher, recognizes this, and he makes a successful attempt to grow closer, more intimate, with his students. Each year, he organizes individual meetings with the students to understand why they act the way they do during class and to provide any required assistance.
But why does he go through the hassle of doing so?

Here’s what Mr. Hubbs has to say about his well-appreciated annual meetings:

BP: What has inspired you to reach out to students?
JH: The main reason comes from my philosophy of being a teacher. I don’t consider myself a teacher teaching history, but a teacher teaching students. I try to be aware of the students’ needs that aren’t just content related. I want to know if they’re okay emotionally, if they’re happy. I never carried out meetings with an entire class, though. I wanted to try this out with F Block, because they were so quiet and I wanted to know if something I didn’t know about was an underlying reason for that. I wanted to let them know that teachers care about them, and I thought having private conversations were the best way.

BP: How long have you been doing this?
JH: As I mentioned earlier, it was my first time this year doing this for an entire class. But I called out individual students since I began to teach.

BP: When do students begin to concern you?
JH: Usually, when I see their lack of energy. I’m not talking about how they’re just sleepy in the morning, but when I see their continuous pattern of tiredness and not participating.

BP: How do you feel like you can help?
JH: Students check in and I listen. It’s not my position to force myself to intervene since I’m not a psychologist or therapist, but I can be a mentor and good listener.

Teachers, no, mentors like Mr. Hubbs present the students with a sense of attention and appreciation. Creating a healthy relationship between the teachers and students is a two-way benefit, and it’s true to say that Mr. Hubbs’ students have much to be thankful for. Mr. Hubbs interacts with his students via Schoology as well as Facebook, and his classes are comprised of casual conversations that make history and economics every bit more engaging. As Mr. Hubbs always remarks during his classes, “Good times.”

– Becky Yang (’16)
Header: Justin Kwon (’16)

The Junior College Preparation

The battle has only begun for the class of 2016.

With numerous Ivy League colleges and universities from all around the world congratulating members of the Class of ‘15 on their acceptance, the time has arrived for the Class of ‘16 juniors to begin their college application process.

“I feel like I’m still a freshman. Time just flew by. It feels like only yesterday when we did the transition ceremony from middle school to high school, and the fact that we’re now preparing for college is mind-blowing,” admitted Kevin Seo (’16), a junior who attended the college information assembly at the PAC on Tuesday February 3, 2015. Kevin wasn’t alone. The rest of the juniors, also a bit shakened and quite nervous, were welcomed by the college admission counselors: Mr. Jacobusse, Mr. Bullock, Ms. Toms, and  Ms. Abukazam.

During the half hour assembly, the juniors were introduced to the wide variety of colleges and universities that await them and the research that should be done to properly select the path that best suits them. Rankings and the status of the schools commonly define what a ‘good college’ is to the majority of the students at KIS, partially because of the ridiculously high standards and the impressive acceptance rates of the KIS alumni. Hopefully, the assembly broadened the scope of potential dream schools and enlightened the juniors with hope and refined interests.

In addition to the in-school assembly on Tuesday, a PTO meeting was held after school on Thursday February 5, 2015, inviting both students and parents to learn in depth about the college application process.

From the information released to the juniors so far, here’s what they should and would be doing from this very moment on until they receive that coveted acceptance letter:

  1. For those who have not yet completed their Senior Portfolios, replies must be submitted as soon as possible. Counselors will be using the responses to create a plan that is specific to your personality and goals.
  2. Along with the Senior Portfolio, there is a separate survey targeting parents. Parents may have additional information about your qualities that you may be unaware of, and counselors need to know.
  3. Begin considering who to receive recommendation letters from—perhaps from two teachers, one from the science/math department and another from the English/social studies department.
  4. Start creating a list of colleges/universities to apply to and consider the following:
    1. co-op programs
    2. one class schedules
    3. Greek systems
    4. majors
    5. location of the school
    6. mass of student body
    7. class structures
  5. Research in depth about the colleges/universities that you are interested in. Find out if they have specific applications or requirements. Oftentimes, it will differ among schools.
  6. Think about potential topics for your essay. Making a first impression is critical, and an early start can be nothing but beneficial.
  7. Update your resume! Naviance will be the center of your college application process. Fill in your accomplishments, your test scores, anything to make you stand out as an individual.

College is but another transition from the safe boundaries of high school to the real world, similar to the transition that Kevin Seo mentioned above, from middle to high school. Taking that step comfortably and confidently is the greatest priority and will reflect in the best results. Good luck to all!

– Becky Yang (’16)
Header: Agência Brasil

The Return of Game Of Thrones

Your favorite TV show is back, and it’s better than ever.

After the leak of almost half of its new season before the season premiere (remember, true fans stay loyal–don’t spoil it for yourself and watch all four leaked episodes!), Game of Thrones still returns to HBO with its usual blood and nudity for its fifth season on Sunday with 8 million views–just as much (or more) views as it would have even without the leak.

This episode is everything any fan would have hoped for, with some serious, major plot points. As usual, my expectations were met not even within twenty minutes into the episode. The plotlines were entirely compelling, which is what makes us come back for more each episode.

Here’s a quick recap on what went down:

The episode opens with a flashback of little Cersei and her friend visiting a supposed witch in the woods. Cersei, no different than she is now, shows no mercy or fear for the witch and demands her fortune or it’d be the last time the witch would open her eyes. The witch obliges to the fiery little Cersei and tells her that she will be queen until a younger, more beautiful queen casts her down; and although the king will have 20 children, Cersei will have three. Well, the two obvious candidates for this younger queen are Margaery Tyrell and Daenarys Tagaryen but we know for sure Cersei will be keeping a good eye on Margaery.

Back to the present, Cersei keeps busy as usual; blaming Jamie for her father’s death, she becomes warier of Margaery and laughs off her cousin Lancel’s efforts to convert her to a strange religious group he is now a part of. We can clearly tell this introduction to a new group of beings is a start to a new conflict. Lancel may look like a typical harmless believer of religion in his plain clothes and short hair, but he sure seems sinister and too pure to be true.

Margaery then walks in on her brother, Ser Loras, engaged in some kinky swordplay with a man named Oliver, in the bedroom. The two siblings bemusedly discuss whether Tywin’s death means his engagement to Cersei is off and Loras plants the idea that Margaery would be stuck in King’s Landing with Cersei, the monster-in-law. Cunning, plotting Margaery, we all know she would deal with this with her conniving ways, and she does, by manipulating her new husband, the new King. Is it just me or is this war between Cersei and Margaery strongly in Margaery’s favor? Cersei is being cautious and clearly needs to step up her game. I didn’t feel her dominance and control over herself and the ones around her as much as I expected.

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Meanwhile, our favorite Lannister finally rolls out of a box and wastes no time in getting back to his favorite hobby- drinking and being pessimistic. However, Varys has other plans for Tyrion Lannister- he wants to take Tyrion to Meereen to meet Daenerys and see if it’s worth fighting for. Hallelujah, finally! The moment I’ve been waiting for. Finally, some sort of crossover between these storylines take a turn for the better and we’re hoping that Tyrion won’t be stubborn about it and thank goodness he isn’t. Instead, this news has Tyrion interested. Let the voyage begin!

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In Meereen, Daenerys is encountering problems of her own as her men are being targeted by the Sons of the Harpy, a group of men who have been going around murdering their targets in gold masks. Daenarys simply orders for their deaths. She deals with the fact that the freed slaves want their fighting pits back in a similar way- by shutting them down and ticking them off. Daario, her new love interest who has returned, suggests that Daenarys use her dragons to their full potential, “A dragon queen without dragons is not a queen.” Daenarys admits that she can’t control her dragons anymore as proved by the scene of her unsuccessful, terrifying visit to her two dragons who try to flambe her. Uh oh poor Dany, someone needs to find solution soon.

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In the free folk storyline, Stannis summons Jon Snow as Stannis wants to take Winterfell back. But he needs the wildlings that Jon is fond of to help him, and they’ll never do that unless Mance Rayder pledges his loyalty to Stannis. Let’s also not forget that awkward elevator scene between Snow and Melisandre… Mance, who refuses, ends up dead as Mance takes a direct hit in the chest by Snow’s arrow. No surprise there.

Elsewhere, Littlefinger is taking Sansa to a place “so far away from here, even Cersei Lannister can’t get her hands on you.” During their voyage in their carriage, they unknowingly pass by Brienne and Pod, who are having their own squabbles. Did anyone else want to scream at Brienne in that scene that Sansa is in that carriage and that they should just take her into their care right then and there?

 

I can’t wait for next week’s episode. A number of rich plotlines hit throughout this episode, yet so many questions waiting to be answered. Is Jon going to get away with what he’s done? Where is Arya Stark? What tricks does Margaery have up her sleeve? Will Tyrion get to Daenarys without trouble?

 

– Hyun Jung Choi (‘16)

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Movie Review: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

A three part movie from three different perspectives, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is one for the books. “If you’re looking for a tranquil movie to watch inside the coziness of your bedsheets, Eleanor Rigby is definitely a must-see.”

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is not your cliché, mellow romance movie. Its flawless actors, meaningful dialogue, and gentle setting, combine to generate a heart-aching film that’s presented in a fresh, inventive way. Even from the title, one can assume that the movie is going to be well crafted and encompass an antique touch. “Eleanor Rigby,” a classic song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, puts emphasis on loneliness and life’s triviality. Such hidden messages and profound meanings are consistent throughout The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, as it is composed of three separate films: Him, Her, and Them. Each film provides insight into the respective character’s perspective, overwhelming the audience with more thought and emotion than any other single movie could present. All three films include a set amount of repetitive scenes, but personal thoughts and experiences that cannot be fully explained in Them are perfectly crafted within Him and Her.

Written and directed by Ned Benson, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby features Jessica Chastain from Interstellar who acted as Murphy and James McAvoy from X-Men who acted as Professor Charles Xavier. From the start, the casting foreshadows a respectable outcome. And it surely shines through. In Rigby, Jessica Chastain, as Eleanor Rigby, and James McAvoy, as Conor Ludlow, are a married couple suffering – but slowly overcoming – a life changing loss. After a suicide attempt, Eleanor Rigby, as the title infers, disappears. The couple drifts apart amidst the tragedy that they are facing, and the movie craftily incorporates their past memories and aspirations that both Rigby and Ludlow shared. Their conflicts give a taste of the bitter reality that today’s movies fail to capture. The mournful yet enlightening experiences that the two experience cannot be explained merely with words.

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Still of Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy (Sarah Shatz/The Weinstein Company)

Now, you may be wondering which version to watch first. By luck, I selected Them as my first runner. Thank goodness I did. To fully understand the context of the movie, I suggest that you watch Them  before moving onto the more thoughtful Him, and eventually Her. Her must, I repeat, MUST, be watched lastly, for it involves a final touch that wraps all three films into a complete whole. In Them or Him, Eleanor Rigby appears as a pessimistic and frail character, but with Her, you’ll be able to really understand Eleanor and sympathize with her.

If you’re looking for a tranquil movie to watch inside the coziness of your bedsheets, Eleanor Rigby is definitely a must-see. Personally, I would be willing to watch all three films three more times, in the order I mentioned above. Thanks to the changing of the seasons, the lighting and general atmosphere of the movie perfectly reflects spring and early summer, making the watch an even more heartfelt experience. For those who carry a distaste for calm and relatively static films, however, I suggest that you pass on this one. But don’t miss out on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’s soundtrack by Son Lux, “No Fate Awaits Me.” It’s thunderous beats erupt every so often from the quiet and slightly eerie melody, which certainly gave tremendous weight to the ending of Them and Him.

 

– Becky Yang (’16)

Good Season, Team

After countless victories and championships, the 2015 Varsity Soccer Teams recount on their season.

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The 2015 soccer season is, undoubtedly, one of the best soccer seasons that KIS has ever had. From AISA to KAIAC championships and countless victories and incredible goals, this year’s season definitely seems like a memorable one.

Here are eight brief interviews with four new players (Clare Kwon, Gayoung Lee, Andy Cheigh, James Kwon) and four returning players (Annie Na, Michelle Yoo, Steve Kim, Kevin Hong) reflecting on seasons in the past, present, and future.


NEW PLAYERS:

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Clare Kwon (’18), Gayoung Lee (’17), Andy Cheigh (’17), James Kwon (’16)

  1. What’s the best thing about this year’s team?
  2. One word to describe the season
  3. Favorite memory on/off the field?
  4. Any improvements you’d like to see?
  5. What’s the worst thing to do at practice?
  6. What are you most looking forward to being on the team in the coming years?

 

Clare Kwon (‘18)

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(L-R): Clare Kwon, Gayoung Lee
  1. What’s the best thing about this year’s team? The best thing about this year’s team is how much we have pulled through over the season. This year’s team is really new with only 10 returning members from last season. There were 11 fresh, brand new players, and for some of them, it was even their first time playing full-field. Honestly, we all didn’t know if we would be able to pull it through since the team was so new; however, the effort and hard work everyone put into brought us good results and success.
  1. One word to describe the season. Nonstop
  1. Favorite memory on/off the field? on the field: SIS game Our first loss to SIS was on our home field, when we lost to SIS 2:0. It was a shock for all of us, but we didn’t have anything to say since we all knew we could have done better. So, we ran our butts off and ran our hardest in our next game against SIS on their field. 5:0, it was a big victory, and we surely deserved it! off the field: just talking and eating with everyone Honestly, all the time I spend with everyone off the field is just one happy memory. Talking with the upperclassmen, cheering on the boys, eating food with the team, they will all add up to one happy memory I’ll have at the end.
  1. Any improvements you’d like to see? I just hope we would do our best during AISA and KAIAC tournaments. I really hope there wouldn’t be losses that we could have prevented if we tried harder.
  1. “What’s the worst thing to do at practice?” I guess running and conditioning…It is the best, but also the worst thing to do at practice. The moment of conditioning…is really painful and hard, but after I finish, it feel really good and accomplished. I know that the pain will pay off since it will make me in better shape.
  1. What are you most looking forward to being on the team? I’m just looking forward to the few weeks left in the season. I wish I’ll make more memories with each and every member in the team, especially the seniors leaving next year! 🙂

 

Gayoung Lee (‘17)

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(L-R): Clare Kwon, Gayoung Lee
  • What’s the best thing about this year’s team? I met phenomenal soccer players as well as the coaches. Since this season was my first year of soccer, I struggled a lot in the beginning… and they’re the ones who made me come all the way through until now!
  • One word to describe the season UNFORGETTABLE
  • Favorite memory on/off the field? There was this day when the coaches and managers prepared a surprise party for us because we were all despondent of loss against SIS. The practice was extended two hours and we thought that exhausting conditioning was waiting for us, but instead, coaches prepared us foods and a video that contained encouraging words from last year’s seniors! That day is the day that surely no one in our team is going to forget..
  • Any improvements you’d like to see? I personally want to improve on my soccer skills and be better the next season. If this season was a 50% of becoming used to the mood and drills, next season would be 100%!
  • What’s the worst thing to do at practice? Nothing?
  • What are you most looking forward to being on the team in the coming years? Becoming like family members with the whole team, and improving my soccer skills as I mentioned previously!

 

Andy Cheigh (‘17)

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(L-R): Andy Jaehyun Cheigh, Chris Chung, Hyukjae Choi, Dong-Gi Lee, Danny Jun Lee, Ben Jung, Joo Kim.
  • What’s the best thing about this year’s team? It’s probably our seniors. Their ways of playing soccer really help me learn more and get better.
  • One word to describe the season Tight
  • Favorite memory on/off the field? Jeongsoo Park’s AISA tournament  (SIS game)
  • Any improvements you’d like to see? I really don’t know…
  • What’s the worst thing to do at practice? Suicides!
  • What are you most looking forward to being on the team in the coming years? New members!

 

James Kwon (‘16)

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Top: Charlie Park, Bottom (L-R): James Kwon, Seungmin Kuk
  • What’s the best thing about this year’s team? Thuengmin and Gayoung
  • One word to describe the season Determined
  • Favorite memory on/off the field? Promposal by Seungmin/Charlie/whoever’s next…
  • Any improvements you’d like to see? Some improvements could be that our team could pass the ball more and take practices more seriously
  • What’s the worst thing to do at practice? Sprints! or Spider Man
  • What are you most looking forward to being on the team in the coming years? Captain Kuk

 


Returning Players

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Annie Na (’15), Michelle Yoo (’15), Steve Kim (’15), Kevin Hong (’15)

  1. What’s the best thing about this year’s team?
  2. One word to describe the season
  3. Favorite memory on/off the field?
  4. Any improvements you’d like to see?
  5. What’s the worst thing to do at practice?
  6. How have things changed since you first joined the team?

 

Annie Na (‘15) – Captain

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(L-R): Michelle Yoo, Annie Na
  • What’s the best thing about this year’s team? The best thing about this year’s team is that everyone is so close with one another and it’s like one big family and like the team isn’t divided into groups like before.
  • One word to describe the season Competent
  • Favorite memory on/off the field? When we bonded as a team, playing mafia. It’s always so intense on the field but I love how we can also engage with one another off the field as person to person instead of merely through soccer.
  • Any improvements you’d like to see? By this point, I don’t think there is much improvement to make except for keeping up the basic rules of the team- first to, communicate, crashing the post. Besides that, because I know that these girls can play intense soccer, so I’ll leave the rest to themselves.
  • What’s the worst thing to do at practice? Um… skipping it?
  • How have things changed since you first joined the team? I like to think that the Varsity Girls Soccer Team is consistent with itself in that the upperclassmen are always encouraging and welcoming of the lowerclassmen on and off the field. I guess nothing’s really changed except for the people; the intensity and the bonding of the team is the same as long as I can remember.

 

Michelle Yoo (‘15) – Captain

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(L-R): Shea Drake, Yena Kim, Michelle Yoo, Sara Drake, Annie Na
  • What’s the best thing about this year’s team? Team bonding, everyone’s so chill
  • One word to describe the season Unforgettable
  • Favorite memory on/off the field? Playing mafia
  • Any improvements you’d like to see? More fun practices
  • What’s the worst thing to do at practice? I never really liked the 3 vs. 2 drill that we do.
  • How have things changed since you first joined the team? I value soccer more now.

 

Steve Kim (‘15) – Captain

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  • What’s the best thing about this year’s team? They say the greatest blessing is enjoying what you do and at the same time, being the very best at it. The 2014-15 Varsity Boys Soccer Team’s passion for the sport is unparalleled to that of any professional team and as we continue to enjoy what we do, our spectacular results speak for themselves. Out of the three trophies up for grabs, we have secured one at AISA, have our fingertips on the other (KAIAC League), and are the strongest competitors for the last (KAIAC Tournament). As athletes, there is no better thing than winning titles and trophies. However, it is not all about winning for us as we are supplemented with lively team atmosphere, tight relationship across grade levels, and just overall the greatest way to wrap up my high school life.
  • One word to describe the season Determination
  • Favorite memory on/off the field? So far, winning the AISA Tournament was without a doubt, the best moment of the season. The tournament started on a Friday with 15 boys and ended on Sunday with 11 remaining due to severe injuries. It is such a valuable experience because everyone worked so hard to win game after game. It is a feeling like no other to have ten of the greatest teammates working for a common goal and achieving it.
  • Any improvements you’d like to see? At this point in the season, it is crystal clear that KIS is the strongest team in the KAIAC Red Division, and that the disparity between our best and worst form should not be this great. Our weakness always has been that we are slow to start getting our heads in the game and simply wake up to focus and win. If we can start every game with the same level of energy and concentration we end with, there would very few teams that could even come close to defeating us.
  • What’s the worst thing to do at practice? Perhaps the most frightening phrase for the boys on the soccer team would be “on the line”, as it is followed by Coach Evans and Jacobsen rushing us to the sidelines for what we call “suicides”. We start on the opposite side of the field and work our way across intervals at full sprint forward and backward, each interval further from the starting line than before. As much as our bodies frantically refuse to run another inch, it makes the team stronger both physically and mentally.
  • How have things changed since you first joined the team? It is almost difficult to describe in words just how far the team has come since the first day of tryouts back in February. Our rate of development in terms of skill as players, leadership as captains, positive attitude as teammates, and most of all sheer determination as men, has been nothing but positive incline.

 

Kevin Hong (‘15)

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Top (L-R): Jin-Hong Jung, Phillip An, Kevin Son Chung, Kevin Hong, Bottom (L-R): Steve Si Yoon Kim, Peter Han, Jeongmin Cho, Jeongsoo Park
  • What’s the best thing about this year’s team? Team bonding is stronger than any other soccer seasons that we had. Everyone is close to each other and no one is left out.
  • One word to describe the season Solid
  • Favorite memory on/off the field? Team dinner with the whole team after the friendly match with SFS has to be my favorite memory off the field. We went to dinosaur meat and ate tons. However, it is hard for me to think of a “favorite memory” on the field because every moment on the field was valuable for me.
  • Any improvements you’d like to see? I just want this flow to be continued.
  • What’s the worst thing to do at practice? Suicide. Suicide. Suicide.
  • How have things changed since you first joined the team? As I mentioned earlier, team bonding is the strongest out of every season. We used to have the awkward gap between the upperclass and the underclass, but none of that is present in this season.

 

Want to see how the season started? Take a look at the interview article from pre-season!

 

– Jaye Ahn (’16)