With interns already recruiting for next summer’s precious few spots and on-campus research labs in need of pages of accomplished resumes, real-world college students and the characters in Put Your Head On My Shoulder struggle with academic and… professional concerns amid increasing senioritis. While watching the show doesn’t allow students to forget their afflictions, it’s reassuring to know that these issues are felt enough by others around the world to be featured in the international media.
The Chinese drama is a romantic comedy about the relationship between Situ Mo and Gu Weiyi, but it also follows the lives and antics of fringe characters. The characters drive the narrative in Put Your Head On My Shoulder by Situ Mo, Gu Weiyi, all of their friends, and everyone they meet who is working towards their goals (even the lady in charge of Situ Mo’s dormitory , Gu Weiyi’s research professor). . It is a slice of life as it reflects how we all live our lives, meet people and act or react to those around us. There’s a simplicity to the character dynamics and interactions that’s familiar and charming to behold.
Because C-drama follows the characters through their senior year of college and the months after as they enter the workforce or continue their studies, we continue to see the learning process after graduating from college — the best part of C-drama. This drama truly embodies growth for college students and people in their early 20s, that transitional period that needs more media representation. There are also so many interesting perspectives that can be addressed at this stage of life that are tackled with each and every character in this story, from applying for a job to finding a place in a postgraduate research lab to what the next steps are in your relationships or even just trying to keep your head above water.
A rite of passage every college student goes through is the roller-coaster ride of doubt about their major. Situ Mo (Fair Xing) certainly tells about it and concluded that accounting wasn’t what she wanted to do. Having realized her passion for advertising, her search for a suitable internship is complicated, although any recent graduate, regardless of major changes, can relate to the constant search for a job that will give them a chance. And even if some seniors don’t enter the workforce right away, the process of hoping and praying after graduation is universal; some vying for spots in coveted research labs. Gu Weiyi (Lin Yi), the drama’s male lead, understands this desire well, as a physics student plans to go to graduate school. His research hours and the hilarious conflicts that arise from a lab stint are situations that many of us at this STEM school can relate to.
The drama is amazingly detailed. All characters’ wardrobes are reused and repurposed throughout the show, just like what a normal college student’s fashion would look like. There’s no such thing as high-fashion clothing that comes along one day and is never worn again, even though the characters are “poor” (I love you, K-Dramas, but sometimes you’re not relatable in terms of closet capacity). It’s such a small detail, but it definitely stands out and brings the characters closer to the viewer, making it easier to find kinship with them. There are also Easter Eggs at the end of each episode, giving the audience a glimpse of a key scene that happened, usually something funny or cute. All these little details make the drama even more realistic.
Put Your Head on My Shoulder isn’t just a cute romance, it features characters in their senior year of college trying to figure out what to do with their lives, something that any student, no matter what they’re in, can relate to year he is. Do your best to stave off senioritis and get inspired to keep applying for these labs by watching this comforting drama!
Put Your Head On My Shoulder is streaming on Netflix.