3 years ago
Admissions Advice

College Admissions K-Drama on Netflix

My disclaimer is that you shouldn't watch this series at the expense of doing your work. Perhaps bookmark it for next month when you are out of school.

I'm 1/2 way through a show called SKY Castle which has similar content to the Varsity Blues Scandal. But the setting is a wealthy suburban enclave in Seoul Korea that looks like something out of Calabasas CA. All the residents are affluent professionals and they are obsessed with getting their teen kids into top Korean colleges like Seoul National University. It's like Desperate Housewives meets Varsity Blues. 20 episodes.

It's not streaming in the US so I had to use a VPN and log into my Netflix account in the countries where it's streaming like the UK or Asia.

I was surprised how similar the college admissions process is to get into top schools. You have to have high grades, test scores, excellent ECs, essays, and recommendations.

Personally, I found it a bit over the top especially since these schools have like a 20% acceptance rate but they are acting as if the acceptance rates are 1 to 2%.

It's all subtitled so by the time you finish it, I'm sure you will pick on some basic Korean. If you don't know what Tiger parents are, this will be an eye-opener.

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2 years ago

Hi, this is a little late, but I've watched SKY Castle and I do agree it's an interesting drama. As a Korean myself, I admit that the majority of Koreans are very obsessed with getting prestigious schools, but the drama does exaggerate a lot of things.

2 years ago

I was wondering what you mean by "I found it a bit over the top especially since these schools have like a 20% acceptance rate but they are acting as if the acceptance rates are 1 to 2%." Seoul National University is an extremely prestigious school in Korea, and I am not very sure about the acceptance rate, but it is extremely hard to get into, and when I say extremely, I mean extremely. If what you said about the acceptance rate is true (20%), then I assume it's because Korea has a lot of very smart, hard working students, which is why the number is comparatively higher than other top schools in the U.S., but I wouldn't' say that it is less challenging to get to Seoul National University than schools from other countries.


3 years ago

Oooh this sounds good I'll definitely have to watch it


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