Farewell Boarding Students
Story By: Sam Chung, Christine Lee Editor: Michelle Ahn Web Designer: Andy Yoon
As eighth graders, it is the final year of middle school, which means many current students will be departing from SIS and be moving to different high schools — mainly boarding schools. These students have been at SIS with their friends for such a long time, some even from junior kindergarten. SIS has been used to the same students each year, that many who will remain cannot imagine a world without them. These students have been in the same classes with each other, and did almost everything together throughout the past years.
Many of these students had their own importance at SIS. Andrew Kim was a huge factor for setting many trends in this grade, such as shoes and clothing, and Eliana Kim was a huge contribution to the orchestra of this school. Jamie Shin and Ally Kim both influenced the entire grade by sending out energetic vibes, with Serina Oh being a kind and caring friend for everybody. Jennifer Lim was the really smart girl who answered all the questions of her fellow schoolmates, and Junhee Lee brought a lot of laughter to the grade. Bryan Suh and Kevin Kim were students who were tech-savvies that other students could get a lot of help from with their computer issues. With these students leaving, the eighth grade is facing a new challenging change going up to high school. With many of the factors that make up the current class of 2020 gone, many wonder, “How will school life be different than it was before?” And that’s why students were asked to answer some questions.
According to the interviews, Claire Kim said she would miss all students going boarding “a lot”. Students such as Andrew Kim and Junhee Lee who are leaving said that they feel excited for a new experience, but also very anxious because they would have to leave home and would have to adapt to a new environment by themselves. With so many feelings mixed at once, before the interview got filmed, a common phrase students said was “I don’t know”. Thusly, they needed more time to contemplate about what exactly their feelings were about leaving SIS, Korea, and their homes before the camera rolled. The eighth grade will truly miss departing students, and will remember their importance.