Tenacious in South Korea

Friday, November 6, 2009

tenacious, adjective,: persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired

South Korea Aspiring Driver

A South Korean woman is the definition of tenacious. Cha Sa-soon, 68, finally passed the written portion of her driving exam with a score of 60 on Wednesday after the 950th attempt.

She’s taken the written test almost daily since April 2005.

The aspiring driver spent more than 5 million won ($4,200US) in application fees, but until now had failed to score the minimum 60 out of a possible 100 points needed to get behind the wheel for a driving test.

However, Cha Sa-soon’s trials and tribulations are not over yet. She will now have to take a driving test before she gets a license. She told the Korea Times newspaper she needed the license for her vegetable-selling business.

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8 Responses to Tenacious in South Korea

  1. Dmitris says:

    What do you want to bet she passes the driving part of the exam on the first try? Great story.

  2. Walk on Socks says:

    I had to take the driving portion twice.

    I still remember it. It was the summer between my sophomore and junior years in high school and I was devastated. I felt like a total idiot and I could tell my friends because I thought they would laugh at me.

    The second try was the winner and I’ve been driving ever since and I’ve never had a wreck.

  3. Jim says:

    You go girl!!! An inspiration for us all.

  4. libhomo says:

    Maybe it would be better if she stayed off the road.

  5. No Nonsense says:

    950 times!!!!! I wonder which portion of the test she didn’t understand. I with libhomo, keep her ass of the road. She’s a slow learner

  6. Rockync says:

    I think Winston Churchill said it best,”Never give up!”
    I wish her luck on her driving portion. I wonder if perhaps her problem is undiagnosed dyslexia?

  7. Abby Peripatetic says:

    950 times? Don’t they have remedial classes or tutors to help people in South Korea who need a lift?

    My kids had a terrible time with math. In fact, my son simply couldn’t learn algebra — it was as if he had a learning disability. We got him a tutor two afternoons a week and finally he had a breakthrough and passed with a “C.”

    Cha Sa-soon was scary determined! Maybe Obama needs to hire her to help figure out what ails the US economy? Geithner and Bernanke are sure useless.

  8. Harry says:

    No jokes yet about Asian drivers???

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