As the K-Pop industry grows, it’s becoming more and more common to see pairing trainees start their paths at a much younger age. This becomes challenging as the young aspirants have to learn how to balance their idol training with other norms of teenage life, like school.
Former K-Pop trainee Grace Kim, also known as GrazyGrace, released a new video describing how trainees balance their schedules and whether it is possible to excel at both.
Although Grace started training much later, she recounted the schedules of younger trainees. She remembers that the schedules for those in middle school were not as hectic as many would expect.
However, as the trainees would move to high school, the situation changed. The company became more strict as the age was closer to the standard debut age. She started by talking about the famous Hanlim Multi Art School and the schedules of those who study there.
If the trainee had permission, they could leave school after their morning classes to train for the rest of the day.
In terms of tests and studying for those classes they didn’t attend, Grace interviewed her friend Hyosun who used to go to Hanlim.
She said she had to rely on her good friends, and they would take notes for her. During tests on the classes she didn’t usually take, she would have to rely on those notes.
— Grace Kim
She then added that it was normal for most of the trainees to not get much sleep between having to train, study, and do homework because they still have to pass their classes.
At such an early age during development, it is still the trainee’s responsibility to complete all the work for all their activities both in school and training career.
School and studying are hard enough for a normal teenager, never mind someone with a schedule as busy as a K-Pop trainee.
You can watch the whole video below.