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Seize the Heyday of your School Life

  

   
 
  ▲ Ko Jae-yoon, a sophomore majoring in Mass Communications and Journalism in Dongguk University.  
 
   One manifestation of a university is that it is a society by itself, and all students, as members of the society, have the right to vote the student president, arrange events, and much more.

   Simply put, students have the liberty to map out their campus lives by themselves. They get to select classes they wish to attend, and if they desire to be relatively involved in school, they also choose clubs they are willing to participate in.

   University students are grown-ups. They are capable of making their own decisions about their lives. In university, exactly like the contemporary democratic society we live in, people vote their leader to represent and make crucial decisions for them, whether it be within a single major or within the representatives of the school. If a candidate is elected, he or she brings together a group of people to form a student council.

   As one of the student council in my major, I can say that being a member of the student council has some clear advantages and disadvantages. Arguably the most prominent merit is the chance to meet and socialize with various people in school, such as students and professors within the major.  

   Furthermore, participating in various school events and seminars will teach a priceless lesson to a person at an early stage of life. Representing a certain group and being in charge will teach one to be responsible, reasonable, and be capable of drawing a line between public and private matters.

   “With great power comes great responsibility.” This is a famous line from the movie Spiderman 2. It means that  if a problematic situation occurs in a group, the blame goes directly to the student council, and as a member, one has to be committed to endure the stress and mental pressure that might be tough to overcome.

   Also, unless one is under inevitable circumstances, he or she has to finish the tenure in the council. The student council is busier than most clubs in school.

   Personally, I consider my experience as a member of student council to be an irreplaceable experience that I would immensely recommend to all students. Indeed, it takes away a lot of your time and gets too exhausting from time to time.  However, being done with my term, as I recollect the two years of experience, I gained countless good memories with some true friends and seniors that I can always rely on. Even though I had no time to spare in my two years of school life, but so far, I am extremely satisfied with the consequences as I recognize myself as a more mature human being.

   As one encounters the latter years of university life, there are so many things to achieve in order to get a decent job, and time never seems to be on our side. However, the first one or two years of university, in my opinion, should be the period in one’s lifetime to have fun and experience a wide variety of activities.

   Therefore, I strongly recommend that you do not easily abandon the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be an active student in school.

 

Ko Jae-yoon  pokerking619@hanmail.net

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