Suneung (수능) this year is on Thursday 10th of November and so as of today the countdown is D-10. I have written extensively on this subject in the past. The suneung is the exam day for all high school 3rd grade students and probably one of the most important days of their lives. However, entry to university is not necessarily premised on this exam. High School students have several ways to gain a place at university and for some students an unconditional offer can be made before the suneung is taken.
Among the entry methods are the ‘su-shi’ (수시) and ‘cheong-shi’ (정시). The most common entrance method is via ‘sushi’ (수시) in which ability is judged on the student’s entire high-school grade. For ‘cheong-shi’ the applicant submits thier su-neung grade and undertakes an additional interview. However, an applicant can be given an unconditional offer if they have been a grade, or in some cases, a class president for three years. Ever wondered why parents are so ecstatic when their kid is elected president? Now you know why!
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Many westerners conflate sushi and sashimi but the preparation and contents of each are quite different. Without offending Koreans, westerners also use the Japanese words to describe these food styles.
sashimi (회) – is uncooked and always fish and it is eaten with various leaves and sauces, the most common of which is wasabi (와사비), a stark hot, horseradish sauce. Fish, often in quite large amounts, is placed in a leaf after being dipped in a sauce and garnished, for example with sliced, raw garlic. The leaf is then formed into a ball and eaten. Basically, anything that lives in the sea can appear on a plate of sashimi (회).
Sushi (초밥) – is vinegared rice formed into bases and topped with fish that is often cooked. Sushi can use non fish toppings such as tofu or lava seaweed.