"LOAD UP your gaenyum!" Do you know what this means?
Gaenyum is the Korean term for etiquette or common sense. A lot of
students are complaining that some students are lacking gaenyum these
days. When they see those students, this is what they quote. Since the people
who are lacking etiquette and the people who are complaining about it are all
students of Yonsei, we heard what students think about it and what solutions
there could be.
Soph., Dept. of Computer Science
I think students who leave only one book or notebook to take up the
whole table on the second and third floor of the Central Library are being
selfish. Those spaces are desperately needed; a lot of students have been
complaining that there isn't sufficient place to study. However, I also think
that the problem is due to not only the students, but also the school. The
school should take measures to build more places where students can study.
Sr., Exchange student from Norwegian School of
Economics and Business Administration
I think it's a problem when students' cell phones ring in class
because it distracts the flow of the lecture. This is also a big problem in
Norway, too. So in my school, the students did a huge campaign on it through
articles in the school press, which turned out to be effective. Yonsei could do
a similar campaign or the professors could warn the students to turn off their
phones to alleviate the problem. The funny thing about cell phones ringing,
though, is that sometimes even the professors' cell phones ring and they
actually answer them.
Jr., Dept. of Comm.
I think it's disturbing when students eat food that smells inside the
classroom. It's not that I don't understand them; perhaps it's their only choice
because they have a busy schedule. But it is still distracting when people eat.
The interesting point is that these people, or the so-called
gaenyum-lacking people have been
increasing lately. I think it is due to the changing education. Before, teachers
taught students to be passive and obedient. But these days, teachers seem to
favor students who are active and sometimes rebellious. Maybe this is what
influenced the students
to act that
Jr., Dept. of Urban Planning and
I feel annoyed when students chat in large lectures. I actually
directly tell those people to stop talking but they usually ignore me. It would
be better if the professors assigned seats so that people from the same
department or division can't sit together. I also feel a little bit distracted
when I see couples flirting in front or inside of the central library.
Unfortunately, it's not something that I can tell them not to do. I just envy
them as a single.
3rd Semester, Graduate School of
I think it is annoying when people contact you only when exams or
reports are impending. Those people, who never usually contact me, call me and
ask if they can borrow my notes or if I have the exam questions from previous
terms. It's so obvious, but I still end up lending them what they asked for. I
sometimes hint that I'm feeling annoyed but it's hard to say no to them to their
face. I don't think there are any solutions for this problem. There will always
be these kinds of students.
Sr., Dept. of Business Admin.
I've seen a lot of people who lack etiquette; students who eat in
class, who goes in and out of the classroom frequently, who reserve seats in the
library but never actually study in them. Although I feel distracted, I rarely
say something about it unless I know them well. Other people do so too because
they don't want to ruin their image by criticizing them. It's also a social
problem; the society is becoming more individualized than ever and it's simply
happening inside school, too.