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Where is the fun for us students? It is up to us!

 

A few days ago, I joined a funny and helpful study group, whose members use Friends, a popular sitcom in the USA, to improve their English language skills. When I found out about the study group, which meets at the internet cafe Spec Up, I thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to greatly improve my English conversation skills. I have been interested in doing activities that are exciting and help me to speak English well. The study group members memorize a certain portion of the script and act out the scenes together. They also watch episodes of Friends, so rehearsing the lines from the script does not seem boring at all. For these reasons, I decided to be a new member of the study group.

I am already watching Friends and learning new vocabularies, slang, and idioms in the script, and it is really a fun. For many Korean students, it is sometimes hard to find enough free time to have a hobby. However, joining student clubs such as singing songs, playing badminton, drawing pictures, and watching Hollywood movies are all exciting ways to use our spare time productively. Unfortunately, it is difficult to engage in fun activities often because studying for exams and job hunting are usually considered to be more important. Students study really hard to earn high scores in order to find a satisfying job and have a successful career.

Because many students cannot always pursue their interests, they often feel a sense of emptiness. Even when they do find some free time, they often lack the creativity to do something productive. As a result, they are likely to just play games or hang out with their friends at pubs.

 

 

However, this does not mean that they study hard or they are smart. The number of small bookstores around college campuses has decreased over the years. Furthermore, except during exam periods, there are few students who visit the library to read academic books. They feel that they are busy because they spend most of their time preparing for exams, working as interns, and volunteering in order to be perfect job applicants for companies. However, they are actually not perfect because many of them might not even know how to work spontaneously and rewardingly if they ever get a job at a company.

 

They are only interested in working for companies that provide attractive salaries and benefit packages. 
How, then, can college students lead balanced and worthwhile lives? I recommend that students do anything that interests them. Getting selected for a job offer is largely influenced by how applicants have pursued their interests in a meaningful and constructive way. These days, recruitment managers are interested in hiring applicants who are passionate about developing themselves personally and professionally. Therefore, do not hesitate to be creative and pursue your interests. Ultimately, you will find true happiness and achieve your dreams!     

Yun Seon-ju  besensible@dongguk.edu

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