Freedom in the Midst of Rebellion, the Challenge that Follows

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Freedom in the Midst of Rebellion, the Challenge that Follows

I’m scared to graduate. I’m scared to go out into the world.
After graduating from high school, the responsibilities that come with freedom, of choosing and deciding everything on my own, will follow. Seodaemun Little School in the City gave us a lot of freedom, but consequently asked us to be responsible for that freedom. We had to acknowledge the consequences of our past rebellions.
I sometimes remember the joy I felt when doing small things to rebel back at my original school.
If I had graduated from that school, I’m certain I would have ended up living a harder life, because in that environment, I was not ready to take responsibility for anything I did.
After a year in this school, however, I was forced to think about my future, whether I wanted to or not.


Excerpt from a memoir by Um Ji-su
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