POSTECH Microscope: Life at DICE
POSTECH Microscope: Life at DICE
  • Reporter Chae Seung-hyun
  • 승인 2019.11.08 15:10
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With POSTECH moving toward being a bilingual campus and striving for globalization, the influx of exchange students visiting POSTECH has increased. The foreign students live with Korean roommates in the DICE dormitory. To get more insight into what it’s like in DICE, The Postech Times interviewed Noh Jin-u (CE 14), head of the DICE dormitory.

Why did you apply to live in DICE?
When I went back to school after I was discharged from the military, I could not find anyone to share a room with. If I were to live with someone that I did not know, I wanted to live with friends from foreign countries and listen to their stories from other countries. Also, a close friend was alre

▲Noh Jin-u (CE 14)
▲Noh Jin-u (CE 14)

 

ady living in DICE. He said it was really fun to hang out with friends from abroad, and, enticed by his words, I applied.

What is it like living in DICE?
It is really fun! Whenever friends or juniors ask about life in DICE, I always recommend that they also apply for DICE. When I hang out with my foreign friends, I find out that my thoughts are trapped in Korean values and traditions. Just by talking to them, you find out that there are so many different values in the world that are radically different from each country.

Are there any inconveniences?
Not that many. The exchange students at DICE are all good friends that always greet me warmly and sometimes even buy me drinks. If I had to think of a few, there are minor inconveniences such as missing a moment when you cannot translate a joke that came into your head into English. Also, they usually take fewer classes and hang out every week, which does sometimes make me turn green with envy. 

What is the best part of living in DICE?
There are moments when a native Korean like me gets to do things that I normally would not do. By being with international friends, I was able to do things and could act without having to care for other’s gaze. It was hard at first, but I felt a lot better after doing it once and getting accustomed to it. If I live with them all year round, I think I will be more free-minded. I do feel a bit sorry that I could not take care of them as much this semester because I was so busy.

What is the most memorable activity done with foreign students?
A week after the POSTECH-KAIST Science War, I went on a MT to Chilpo Beach with the exchange students! There is no concept of MT in other countries, so the DICE students call it a “Bus Trip” instead. I went with the mind of  “I will show them the drinking culture of Korea” and prepared various drinking games. In the end, I remember singing and dancing together all night long.

 


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