Korean College Drama You Don’t Want to Miss

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College life is surely one of the best time in life as we get to try new experiences, many chances are seemingly open up for our future, and (maybe) the best of all is that we get to taste the beauty of youth love. Now, if you want to reminisce those sweet moments or simply connecting to your current daily life, then these Korean drama may help you.

  1. Cheese In The Trap
Why can’t we have a Yoo Jung at college?

Although we might not be as lucky as Hong Seol to meet the mysteriously handsome Yoo Jung sunbae in our real college life, but there’s always that group projects and presentations where only some of the member did all the tasks while the others are slacking off. Not to mention, the bully seniors who always seek the easy way out. And those who live(d) on their own during college could definitely relate with Hong Seol issues with her way too small of a room, noisy neighbor or even with perverts!

These people who come up with any reason not to do their part of a group project

For those who doesn’t know already, Cheese in the Trap is a drama based on a popular webtoon with the same name. It tells the story of a common college girl named Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun) whose common college life turns upside down after meeting a popularly perfect senior named Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin). Her roller coaster ride includes but not limited to entangle in a love triangle with Yoo Jung’s ex-best friend who equally handsome, Baek In Ho (Seo Kang Joon), Yoo Jung’s mysterious personality, and facing Baek In Ho’s crazy sister (Lee Sung Kyung).

You can also catch the movie version of Cheese in the Trap featuring new casts except for Park Hae Jin who plays Yoo Jung as well. K-Movie Review: Cheese In The Trap (2018 Movie)

2. Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo

Finally.. a realistic heroine in Korean dramaland

Tired of the typical Korean drama heroine? This drama promises you a fresh feeling as Kim Bok Joo is nothing like those heroine. She is described as big, not exactly pretty, rough, and she loves to eat! She is perhaps the very “human” heroine in Korean drama ever.

As the drama revolves in Kim Bok Joo’s attempt to excel in weightlifting, we get a glimpse of the struggles happen in college life like issues in school dorm, unofficial competition among university departments, try to hang in there for parents’ sake, surviving through the lack of money, friendship issues, and even distinguish feeling to opposite gender friend. Though Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) may not be our favorite from the get-go, but along the way we cannot help but to like and root for her both with her career as a woman weightlifter and her love life with her childhood friend, Jung Joon Hyung (Nam Joo Hyuk) especially when the two are too sweet and innocent.

My department is the best!


3. My ID is Gangnam Beauty

Who would skip even one day in college if we have a college buddy like that, right?

If our wishful thinking to have someone as handsome as Do Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo) as our college friend is not enough a reason to watch this drama, then the deep message of the drama would do.

My ID is Gangnam Beauty tells the story of Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) who ever since a kid has been terribly bullied for her appearance. To escape further bullying, she undergo a total plastic surgery and become one of the popular freshmen in her college. Through the 16 episodes, we are offered a journey to find true happiness along with Mi Rae. Is it to have a pretty friend like Hyun Soo Ah (Jo Woo Ri)? Or to have a handsome best friend like Do Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo)? Or simply to have a pretty face like Mi Rae now?

This drama is also a perfect way to reminisce or relate our college life as it covers almost everything from the awkward first meeting with college friends, memorable freshmen welcoming party, absurd seniors, talking about friends behind their backs, how a rumor spread, college festival, college friends’ get together, finding interest in college’s prettiest/most handsome student, looking and doing part-time, internship, taking or giving love confessions and of course finding love.

See the complete review here: My ID is Gangnam Beauty Korean Drama Review

living alone is bearable when you have friends to spend time with
That time when you barely have any money to even buy the cheapest food

4. Go Back Couple/ Confession Couple

Despite actually telling the story of a married couple who travel back in time after their divorce to find their true feelings and possibly new life paths, but we definitely could not help but to relate with Choi Ban Do (Son Ho Jun) and Ma Jin Joo (Jang Na Ra) during their college life (if not also their married life).

Along the drama we may cringe of our old (or current) silliness at college which may not so different from Choi Ban Do’s gang, shaking our heads after facing rejection like Jung Nam Gil (Jang Ki Young), smiling to our crazy attempt to get close with our crush like Ahn Jae Woo (Heo Jung Min), missing the time when we could just go anywhere (whether it’s a clubbing or a road trip) with our college friends, and of course looking back to our/our friends’ current life that very different than what we have dreamed of.

See the complete review here: K-Drama Review: Go Back Couple (Confession Couple)

5. Reply 1994

If Reply 1997 mainly focuses on high school life along with fangirling drama and Reply 1988 focuses on neighborhood gang with high school and college life bits, Reply 1994 focuses on college life and friendship among a boarding house mates. See the complete Reply series comparison here: Reply 1997 vs Reply 1994 vs Reply 1988: Which Reply Series is the Best?

Those who came to study in another city may relate well with Reply 1994 as we get to relive the nervous feelings of coming to a new city by ourselves for the first time especially through Samcheonpo’s (Kim Sung Kyun) experience. Some may find it familiar to see Jo Yoon Jin (Min Do Hee) interests to follow her favorite idol while being awkward to open up to others due to her introverted personality. And of course we all can feel Haitai’s (Son Ho Jun) feelings as he tries to do his college works despite having girlfriend issues with the help of his best friend.