D-Suneung: The Suneung Sendoff in the Eyes of the Student Council and Seniors

D-Suneung: The Suneung Sendoff in the Eyes of the Student Council and Seniors

Se Eun Kim, ‘19

Interview with member of the Student Council

Q. What was your proudest moment during the Suneung Sendoff?

A. I felt the proudest when the seniors waved at us through the bus windows. This was the moment when I could see the culmination of the Student Council’s efforts—the happy faces of the seniors told me that our work was worth it.

Q. Were there any difficulties while managing the Suneung Sendoff?

A. Of course, there was some confusion when the Student Council found out that Suneung had been delayed. Also, early morning in late November is freezing, so supervising the students on the Oedae Hill was not the most comfortable experience. However, the students were surprisingly very cooperative. This made our work much easier, and I am very grateful to them.

Interview with the Senior

Q.  How did you feel when you saw the students waving at you along the road?

A. It brought up memories of the last two years when I was merely another student standing on the side of the road, waving to my seniors. From inside the bus, every student looked so cute, and I was touched by their kind gesture.

Q. What are your thoughts about the Suneung Sendoff as part of a HAFS tradition?

A. Personally, I approve of this tradition. Think of it like this: the nervous seniors would be lonely while riding along the dark roads by themselves, and even your smallest comforting gesture can result in a beautiful memory for both you and the seniors.

Q. What would you like to say to the students who participated in the Suneung Sendoff?

A. I know that it is annoying and uncomfortable to wait outside so early in the morning when you are not the ones taking the exam. However, seeing you wave from the sides of the road can really cheer up the seniors and ease the tension inside the bus. Thank you so much, and I really appreciated your gesture. I hope you will be as comforted by the juniors in the next Suneung Sendoff as I was, and I wish you all the best for your very own college applications next year.

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