AFTER STUDENTS were admitted by divisions rather than majors, the Student
Association adopted the ban system. This system divides students into
groups of 30~100 according to their departments. Some say it helps students
adjust to school and make friends while others say it is meaningless and the
relationships are superficial. The Yonsei Annals asked Yonseians what they think
Korean Language Institute student
I graduated from a university in the U.S. At my school,
there were not any requirements for majors and you don't have to select a major
until you are near graduation. I was a student in a liberal arts college, which
consisted of about 3,000 students. Because of the number of students, the school
requires freshmen to live in the dormitory, so students can more easily make
friends. That's where I made all my friends. Since the ban and my school's
requirement both helps students adjust to school and make friends, I think they
are similar. Unless the ban system is mandatory, I think it is beneficial.
Soph., Col. of Law
Participating in ban activities is a good way to adjust to as well as
enjoy university life. In my ban, there are about 40 students, so I think it is
a good environment for making friends. Moreover, there are various clubs within
the ban so students can enjoy their hobbies with friends. Finally, students
usually participate in school events such as AKARAKA, the Yon-Ko Fete and
nong-whal (volunteer work at farms) with ban friends. I feel sorry for
students who do not participate in ban activities.
Jr., Dept. of Korean Lang. and Lit.
Since ban is a voluntary
activity, it? a personal choice in how much you participate. However, I still
feel that participating is best for students. Unfortunately, many students do
not participate because they have busy schedules and must study hard to get good
grades. Meanwhile, as a ban president, I find it difficult to coordinate events
between student activists and non-activists as they have prejudices against each
other. Breaking the wall between them is a difficult task.
Jr., Col. of Law
I did not
participate in ban activities as a freshman. Alcohol is included in many
ban activities and I felt uncomfortable when upperclassmen forced me to
drink. Forcing people to drink and emphasizing the importance of ban rather than
respecting personal opinions, are two factors why some do not participate in
ban activities. Right now, I am in a law hakhoe (study group)
and am satisfied with it. Upperclassmen and peers may seem to care less, but
members respect each other.
Sr., Dept. of Composition
The Dept. of Comp. does not have a ban. There are about 25 people in
each year so everyone in my department knows each other and everyone
participates in activities. Also, the atmosphere is very open and friendly, so I
feel uncomfortable when I take courses in other departments. Since there are a
small number of people compared to ban, we sometimes feel overpowered by other
bans when we participate in events like AKARAKA and Yon-Ko Fete. But
overall, I prefer the small number because we have closer relationships.
Soph., Dept. of Political Science
I entered as an early admission student with a chosen major so I
usually spend time with people from my department rather than ban. I think bans
are helpful for freshmen because it links them directly to peers as well as
upperclassmen. However, as the ban system is not organized by the
school, it lacks structure and economic support. As a result, students have to
pay money to sustain bans. I think the output of ban
activities is small compared to the input.