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  • Cheer Up All You College Test Examinees!
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Administrative Journal 43]

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    [Students sitting the SAT College Essay Test –Newspaper Photo]

    I hear that having sat the College SAT (Scholastic Ability Test) just a short while ago, you are now busy taking the college essay test.

    According to a media report, the competition for nonscheduled admissions by most universities and colleges in Seoul has dropped this year, but the essay currently test under way is as competitive as ever.

    As such, not just prospective university entrants but also their parents – including juniors and even some middle school students – have sent me Tweets expressing their fears, nervousness, stress, tensions and so on. I am doing my best to allay their concerns in my own Tweets.

    I could not perform well in exams although I studied as hard as anybody else. So, I tell young students to relax and have confidence in themselves during exams. I tell them that it might help to close their eyes and take deep breaths right before exams in order to recover their calm and think correctly during their exams.

    I wish somebody could tell them how our great national archers control their minds on the archery range. Anyway, we seem to be living in an era where everyone could use some serious healing.

    Like young Koreans today, people of my generation spent most of their time at school on exam after exam, suffering considerable strain as a result. I feel guilty that the situation remains more or less the same today. All the unreasonable processes and inadequacies have still not been rectified or eliminated.

    Sooner rather than later, we will have to create a system where the young can enter colleges according to their usual performances at school and choose their study areas and find jobs according to their aptitudes, talents and preferences.

    Interestingly, the government fills 30% of new ‘class 9’ city official positions in engineering with graduates from vocational high schools. It will open a series of “No Desperation Camps” for seniors who have just finished SAT and essay tests, and ask them never to get discouraged under any circumstances and move forward.

    Now, every one of the test takers, take courage and cheer up!