if i stay..

Last English Project of my Junior Year: Literature Discussion Circles… but with books we want to read.


“If I stay” – Gayle Forman was what my group chose. A great book. It was like another “The Lovely Bones” kind of book and it left the reader (me) with lingering feelings of both sadness and hope (so basically, you laugh and cry at the same time…ha you DON’T want to see that). I couldn’t handle reading chapter to chapter according to the literature circle schedule so I just ended up reading the whole book today…. not because I felt like I had to but because this book was definitely a page turner in the most literary sense… made me cry so much. It is an achingly beautiful story. Girls, check this book out! (I don’t think it’s for guys…)

“What would you do if you had to choose?”

POP that ART

Andy Warhol is in Seoul!

i want something like that

On April 4th, the last day of the Andy Warhol Exhibition, I headed off to Seoul Museum of Art with my friend. Although we both knew a lot of Andy Warhol’s artworks, we still decided to see for ourselves what motivation or inspiration he had to become one of the world’s famous pop artists.

Most of Andy Warhol’s artworks were done on silk screen with acrylic paint, which I thought was an interesting way to portray the principles of pop art. What I also thought was creative was that he used many celebrities in his pop artworks, which I thought was one way that made his artworks famous even until today. But if I had to criticize Andy Warhol’s pop art, I would say that many of his artworks just seemed like putting on bright make-up on peoples’ faces (especially the Marilyn Monroe series). I don’t know if it’s just me but I had a hard time trying to understand what Andy Warhol wanted to portray through his artworks. There was probably a message he wanted to pass on to various people in the world, but to me it was hard to pick out what the message was about. Moving on, regardless of what I thought about Andy Warhol, people considered Andy Warhol as one of the most important and valuable pop artists and used his artworks quite often on newspapers and magazine articles. Moreover, Andy Warhol’s artworks weren’t three dimensional but they were peculiarly two dimensional artworks- the acrylic paint he used with silk screen made most of his artworks emphasize more on color and parts of a person’s face. Not only were the colors standing out, but also different colors made one picture look very different depending on what color was used on the face and on the background of a celebrity (good use of color, emphasis, and repetition).

As mentioned before, Andy Warhol’s artworks were interesting and some what impressive although most of them just seemed to bring up a question mark in my head. I think this was because I still don’t quite understand the meaning and principles of pop art itself. This exhibition inspired me to study more about other pop artists because I’m sure that would guide me into a different world of what pop art really is and how important it is to the art world. I have a pop art book on top of my desk and since I’m done with AP Studio Art (woohoo!), I should head off and read that. What I also found interesting about Andy Warhol’s artworks was that he portrayed life during the mid 1900s and how life was during that time by using evocative, expressive, and luminous colors on his artworks. Although I might be in the road of figuring out the true meaning of pop art and Andy Warhol, I’m still puzzled. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the exhibition! I’m actually urging to learn more about this guy. I enjoyed every moment of the exhibition and would like to recommend other young artists out there to go to his exhibitions wherever happening anywhere in the world.


Monet to Picasso

Monet to Picasso (Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art)

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I got free tickets to the Monet to Picasso Art Exhibition! It was pleasing that The Chosunilbo Daily gave the the opportunity to host ‘Monet to Picasso’ Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, for the first time in Korea. Collections from the Philadelphia Museum of Art enclosed 96 pieces including oil paintings, drawings, and sculptures from famous artists.

I went to the Monet to Picasso Art Exhibition on March with my parents at the Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul Arts Center. I felt like I was in an art history trip of my own because the art periods focused in the exhibition were like the long march of Modern Art: Realism/ Modern Life, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Picasso and the Avant-Garde, and all the way to American Art. Throughout my junior year, I’ve visited various exhibitions and it seemed like this exhibition was a summary of all those exhibitions I went previously. So I’m here back again to analyze about the exhibition itself and what I liked, disliked about it.

Realism and Modern Life focused on beautiful landscapes of the nature and the beauty of women mainly using rough and obvious brushstrokes that blurred the distinction between sketches and finished pictures. From 1874 to 1886, a group of innovative French painters known as the Impressionists presented a revolutionary way of representing the world. They mainly worked outdoors and made rapid notations with brushes and palette knives trying to capture the immediate awareness of their surroundings at specific times of a day or in various weather conditions. We call this period, Impressionism. Famous artists such as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh created Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, painting exotic, evocative, and expressive subjects exploring new ways of using color. Next off is the period of Picasso and the Avant-Garde Movement. Between 1907 and 1912 in Paris, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque devised a new language of representation in which space and volume were depicted in ways that called attention to the flatness of a picture rather than making an artwork three dimensional. Then the art period moves all the way to American Art. In 1913, the Association of American Painters and Sculptors organized an exhibition that displayed European and American modern art side by side and demonstrated that Modernism had arrived in the United States. Famous artists such as Marsden Hratley, John Marin, and John Sloan began exploring subjects using unique styles of their own, which mainly focused on abstraction and Surrealism. Distinctive landscapes and wildlife of the United States inspired painters such as Charles Demuth, Roy Lichtenstein, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

I’ve enjoyed the exhibition so much. People probably thought I was an art freak because I was taking notes all over the place. I didn’t have paper to write on so I even ended up taking notes on an envelope where the free tickets were contained. My favorite period was Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. This was because most of the artworks portrayed beauty of women, landscapes, flowers, and so on. Artworks such as The Ballet Class (Edgar Degas), Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge (Mary Stevenson Cassatt), Portrait of Mademoiselle Legrand (Pierre-Auguste Renoir), and The Sacred Mountain (Paul Gauguin) led me down to a path of endless pleasure and it probably did to many others. I also liked how the exhibition looked almost exactly like the Philadelphia Museum of Art; I’ve never been to Philadelphia Museum of Art before but it gave me a good view of what it would be like to be at that Museum. Although I had a hard time taking notes since there were so many people in the exhibition, I still had so much fun and the money would have been worth it if I didn’t have free tickets!



Speech and Debate.
Poetry & mostly Duo Interpretation.
It’s been 3 years already.
9th grade, 10th grade, and 11th grade.


I’ve enjoyed it so much and loved it more than anyone else could love speech and debate. It was my way of learning what it feels like to compete, even with the ones I’m close friends with. It was my way of gaining confidence. & It was my way of experiencing the importance of practice and that practice can really make perfect.

Now, I’ll say goodbye. Of course, maybe not a forever goodbye but just a goodbye for now. I have different plans for my senior year and I don’t think I’ll have time to squish in speech and debate. As for now, I’m satisfied with what I have done and with what results I have brought to myself and of course to the school.

Now, I’ve got to get back to work. Junior year: lots to do.
I know some people would hate me for saying this but I think speech and debate is way better than modeled united nations. Just sayin.


It’s, okay.

It’s okay.
It’s okay to want someone you can’t have. It’s okay to keep friendships when you don’t want them, or want something more. It’s okay to cry when you’re hurt. It’s okay to blurt our your frustrations and concerns when you have a whole bunch held deep inside you. It’s okay to stay mad at someone who hurt you. Believe it or not, it’s always going to be okay and that’s just how it works. Sometimes, things don’t always work out the way you want them to and a lot of times it seems like they never will, but that’s how life is supposed to work. It’s all about learning how to deal with the bumpy parts of the road and simply waiting until they’re smooth again. It’s all about exploring and enlightening. It’s all about forgiving and forgetting. It’s all about waiting and wishing. That’s just how life is.
And I promise you and myself that it’ll be okay.