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Naming Myself a Reporter

   
 
  ▲ Im Chae-hyun (English Language & Literature)  
 

   Time truly flies. I could say that the six months I have spent working at The Dongguk Post were the busiest months in my lifetime. Before entering the Post, I was not a fan of reading newspapers and had no interest in social issues. They seemed to be disconnected from my life and as a student I had little time to think about other matters except for studying. After entering the Post, however, things changed a lot. I learned so much about life and the world. Running around campus, trying to get interviews from strangers made me venture out from my own little universe.

   When I write an article or meet someone for an interview I have to introduce myself as a reporter. At first, it felt awkward to call myself a reporter since I had no idea what a reporter was. One day, I saw an interview of a professional reporter on television. He said that a reporter is a job that hears and sees some of the harshest stories in life, and then must report them to the world. His words stroke my heart and were quite true. As I covered images of people showing the dark side of mankind, I broke through the wall which protected me from the outside world for 20 years. But there were stories that gave me courage and faith, too. Watching someone fighting to make the world a better place or hearing my friends thanking me for spreading important issues were also parts of my job.

   I am very thankful to myself for making the decision to join The Dongguk Post. The Post developed me inside and out and strengthened me to face the hardships of life.

Im Chae-hyun  guina99@dongguk.edu

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