Turn, turn, my wheel! All things must change
To something new, to something strange;
Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
To-morrow be to-day.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This poem seemed particularly relevant to the past-and coming-few weeks. Many of the international students are leaving Soonchunhyang in the next two weeks-and by many, I mean most. This goes for the Korean students as well. The semester is almost done, and people are ready to go home to their families.
Everything changes, and yet, it all remains the same. There is a constant in life, and that is change, and the inability to stop the flow of time. There seems to be this idea that change is a bad thing, but this is simply not true. Change allows for growth and the refinement of good qualities into better ones; and, more importantly, bad qualities into good ones. Life is a process, not the end.
Everyone will be gone soon, save a few stragglers. Myself included. I am staying here for the Winter break, or most of it anyways. I will be working at the schools winter camp for kids in January, and then heading to Japan for 3 weeks in February.