The Post: Would you tell me about yourself?
Lee Hyoung-jun(Lee): My name is Lee Hyeong-jun and I was born in 1946. I was born in Pyeonganbuk-do, North Korea, but was raised in Seoul. In the old days, I worked for a newspaper by processing electronic data and then carried on a business. I have worked as a school guard since April, 15, 2005. Before having this job, I hadn’t had a chance to communicate with young people but now conversing with young students has become a part of my daily life. Sincerely, I am happy to meet students and share thoughts with them.
The Post: Why do you want to actively communicate with students?
Lee: The older generation needs to look after the young. When they understand and support the young, every young person, no matter how deprived his or her back ground may be, they have a genuine opportunity to fulfill themselves and play a constructive role in our society. Although I am working as a school guard, I always try to behave properly, set a good example to students and emit positive energy. I am proud of what I do.
The Post: How do you have a close relationship with students? Through this, what do you learn?
Lee: At first, when I see students, I always actively greet them. Greeting others well is very important because it makes people to be more sociable. Once students leave education and join the real world, in my experience, if he or she always greets everyone first, they can make a good, lasting impression on everyone they meet, so I encourage students to greet well by greeting students first. Next, I always try to have a smiling face. There is no one who hates smiley faces. During examination, students are suffering and exhausted. At this point, there is nothing finer than smiling. Most people think that they have to feel good first in order to laugh, but I don’t think so. When you get depressed, fake smiling can improve your mood and cut down your stress. To have a close relationship with students, I also use Facebook. A student who uses the library taught me how to use it. Through this, I often communicate with students not only offline but also online. I am very happy to have a personal touch like this with students. Getting along with the young, I feel spirits of youth and it keeps me young and inspired.
The Post: There is a saying that goes: “You are never too old to learn.” What are you studying now? How does it work?
Lee: I consider myself a patient person. I decided to learn English, Japanese and Chinese because that might come in useful some day. So, although I have a lot of difficulties in working and studying at the same time, I slogged away, always learning. I think it is important to study English diligently every day. The more I study, the more I am interested in English. Once I saw a foreigner holding a map, I went to him and asked where he was trying to go in English. This helped me improve my confidence in English. First of all, it seems that my working environment enabled me to study. Seeing students to study in the library every day, I naturally became interested in studying. Also, that is why I am interested in reading books. I mainly read books on self-improvement and relationships. Reading these kinds of books is helpful in developing communication skills with students. I believe the combined effort of everyday will make it possible for me to achieve intellectual life.
The Post: What is the most important value in your life?
Lee: I think it is very important to keep promises. People could never think well of a man’s intellectual or moral character, if he was unfaithful to his appointments. You should be a trustworthy and credible person to make other people trust you and relate to you.
The Post: What is your definition of success?
Lee: I am spending my time for students doing things I like. Money is not the main thing in my life. Getting old, to learn who I really am and then live with that decision is very important to me. If I make it, it is a real success. Day by day, I am trying to live like that.
The Post: What advice do you have for Donggukians (Dongguk University students)?
Lee: Regardless of how hard your studies are, and how worried you are of getting a new job, always think positively. And you need to have dreams that give meaning to your life. The challenge is to help you acquire them, so try to challenge by continuing to learn new things. The time your dreams come true will come someday. Go for it!
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