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Endless Efforts until the Harvest

 

A few days ago, a fellow Donggukian called the POST and asked if we could send some of our newspapers to her.  She said her senior, who was interested in becoming an exchange student, wanted to read our articles about SUNY (State University of New York at Stony Brook) that were published not long ago.  She wanted issues No. 374 and No. 375, the two volumes about SUNY.  For the first time, I was surprised that people were really reading the POST and wanted to get our newspapers.

Nam Tae-wook, who is an exchange student at SUNY, has been writing his SUNY articles since earlier this year.  He requested to submit his articles to our newspaper because he wanted to let Donggukians know about life in New York and SUNY.  At that time, I did not expect the demand of our newspaper because of low readership.  However, I realized it would be possible to attract more readers if our newspaper offered true and concrete stories reflecting different readers' tastes.  In this case, those who wanted more information about becoming exchange students could be satisfied. 

On the one hand, I felt responsible for the devoted readers of the POST.  First, we should provide students with useful and practical information in easy and interesting ways to make them readable.  Through several meetings we would decide various themes and come up with articles that would be both informative and practical for all.  However, it is rather difficult to produce memorable articles.  The change of editions from magazine to newspaper this year has made it impossible for us to decorate our papers.  Except for the first and last pages, the rest cannot be colored.  Moreover, we cannot include many pictures that might be helpful to understand articles because of limited space.  Nevertheless, perhaps there is another way to alter the design in our newspaper.  

Second, we want to improve our communication and relationships with all Donggukians, staff, and other English organizations.  Beginning with reinforcing our web site, all reporters will be able to publicize in the POST various activities like surprising events and pop competitions.  We also wish to increase the number of published newspapers.  With more information about our newspapers included and more copies printed, more students will read us.  Most of all, we will interact with more people frequently and listen to what they want from the POST.     

Finally, we should be an educational medium for Donggukians and a medium of advertisement for foreign students as the only English newspaper at Dongguk University.  We are student reporters and our writing skills in English are not of the highest level.  This is something we all look forward to working and improving on. We will be better students ourselves for this. 

米, a Chinese character which means 'rice', seems to be combining two 八(eight) and a 十(ten).  People say this is because each grain of rice passes through a farmer’s hands 88 times to ripen.  This belief implies the importance of strong efforts to attain our goals.  If all reporters work with these responsibilities, we can have a fruitful harvest.  

 

Yun Seon-ju  besensible@dongguk.edu

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