“If you want to be popular with your students in Korea you must become a more trendy professor!” These words were uttered by my ever brutally honest Korean language partner, when I told him that I was rewatching old Korean dramas for language learning purposes. I was so taken aback by this statement that I couldn’t stop laughing!Β Like many Koreans, he appears to undergo a comeplete personality transplant whenever he switches from Korean to English. Blunt, direct, and slightly bossy as opposed to his usual polite and deferential Korean style. Since I was obviously so hopelessly far behind current Korean trends, I asked for his advice. “Watch this one. It should teach you about Korean university life”, he said recommending that I immediately start watching “Cheese in the trap” with Park Hae Jin. He also said that he would be auditing my first lectures in Seoul and give me live feedback on my Korean professor coolness. Finally he suggested that I give as many students as possible an A, and that I end classes early. Somehow I have a feeling that this advice is not entirely unbiased πŸ˜‰

I went home and immediately started watching the drama prescribed for aspiring visiting professors with a critical Korean coolness deficiency. So far, I’m three episodes in, and I kinda like it. It somehow seems a bit different from other dramas I’ve watched, but it definitely gives a good idea about whatΒ Korean university life is like. Anyone who’s seen it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.



  1. Cheese in the Trap! I loved that drama, despite its rather unsatisfying ending. I honestly don’t remember how it portrayed university life, which probably means that it didn’t seem that different from my university experiences in the US.

    As far as your language partner’s advice, I’d say that’d make you quite the trendy professor no matter where you taught πŸ˜€

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  2. I liked Cheese in the Trap,
    despite many people’s feelings about its mediocre ending I felt that it was realistically satisfying. None of the dramaland bam happy ending stuff, but showing what is most likely going to happen in real life!

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