Being in Korea has opened my eyes to the incredible amount of resources America wastes. Sure you hear about it all the time, but seeing another country in comparison is astounding.
At my aunt’s apartment complex, where I’ve been staying these past few months, there are separate waste bins for decomposable (food) waste, plastic, glass, metal, paper, non-recyclables and even designated bins for donations (i.e. clothes). This isn’t just a particular system for my aunt’s apartment or city. This is standard practice all over Korea. Some fast food restaurants even have special containers just for paper cups to be recycled.
This is incredible on two parts: (1) That Korea has such a solid system set up and (2) that people actually follow. In Korea, recycling is just a given, a norm, commonplace, a standard!
In many places in the US, it’s almost a hassle to recycle. You have to request recycling services, which even then are limited in what they can take. Either that, or you have to drive around yourself to drop off your recyclables. Even in places that have rather impressive and simple recycling systems, people STILL refuse to put in that minuscule effort. In New York City, papers products go in the green bins; aluminum, plastic, and glass go in the blue bins; and everything else goes to trash. The city picks it up for you, and your job is finished. Easy as taking out the garbage. And yet, so much still goes to waste.
Now I’m sure there are avid recyclers around that are exceptions to these claims, but if my experience around SVA and its dorms are proof of anything, it’s that the vast majority is still TOO DAMN LAZY.
Honestly, it’s not that hard.
So I’ve been in Korea for the past few months. Hence the lack of updates. I can’t say too much, since there is a lack of internet where I am saying (which is sadly not the metropolis of Seoul).
I’ll try to keep in touch
I haven’t updated recently due to the overwhelming amount of works that piled up near the end of school. At SVA, starting Sophomore year, Graphic Design and Advertising majors must pass a portfolio review in order to advance to the next grade. I was working on that on top of all of the other final projects in all of my classes.
It doesn’t really make sense to make “finals” week the same week as the portfolio. It’s like having to take your high school finals and then having to SAT right at the end. When do you have time to study for both??? Couldn’t they just make the Portfolio due the week after “finals” week? But no, the seniors have it due on the monday after “finals” week, while the seniors have it due on the friday. Ho Hum.
Now I’m back in GA and I’m actually going to be heading out to Korea soon. Wonder if I’ll be able to upload on that…
Either way. I’m trying to organize everything and round up some pictures for more posts. We’ll see.
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We have this old black and white photo of my maternal grandfather in his youth that has been around since before I was born. I’ve always stared at the picture and imagined how different life would have been if he hadn’t died before I was born. He was a highly decorated officer of the Korean Army and worked with internal affairs. My mom often tells me he would’ve have loved me and spoiled me rotten if he were still alive. But I digress.
As I passed by the photograph today, like I do nearly everyday, I noticed something new; I realized my grandfather’s eyes are uneven. His right eyes is visibly higher than his left eye by maybe a centimeter or so. After nearly 20 years of staring at his picture, how did I miss this?
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