Today is the start of the new semester—my second semester here at SNU. As was the case last semester, I have one class (it starts tomorrow), although this semester that class is “Korean Language and Culture,” and I will have roughly four times as many students as I had in my “Intro to Korean Lit” class last semester. I’m not really sure what the dynamic is going to be like with so many students, but my outlook on things is positive. If I wanted to find reasons to be worried, it would not be hard. This is the first time I will be teaching this class, for one. It is also a rather broad subject that can be very hard to nail down. And there is, as I mentioned, the matter of having so many students. I will admit that, at first, I was a bit apprehensive, but I have since come to see all of these things as positives. First time teaching the class? Great! An exciting new challenge to tackle! Extremely broad subject? Excellent! That gives me a lot of room to maneuver! Enough students to stage an invasion of a small country? Cool! I’ve always wondered what Monaco is like at this time of year! OK, so I’m still working on that one, but I’m not too worried.
I don’t really have too much else to say today, but I thought I should mark the occasion with a post. Well, actually, I suppose it’s not true that I don’t have too much to say. There are a lot of things ricocheting back and forth inside my head, but I haven’t been able to get them to slow down enough to write anything coherent about them. I hope that once I get back into the groove of teaching, my brain will also click back into writing mode. I think I just need to get back into some sort of regular routine.
So I’m just going to leave it at that for today: short, sweet, and to the point.