|▲ Seo Yoo-jeong (Freshmen, North Korean Studies)|
Looking back on the day I had an interview for The Dongguk Post, I have never thought that this would change my school life. At that time, I did not have any targeted objectives. I was just a freshman of Dongguk University who had great expectations of the school life ahead. In the new year, as I first wrote in my diary “Do not waste time,” I thought The Dongguk Post would help me keep this promise not to waste time doing nothing. However, I have never expected that it would be this hard.
During this semester, I had some troubles adjusting to school life including attending lectures, assignments, and the tasks of The Dongguk Post. My examination period and publication date of the Post overlapped so I could not handle all of them. At that time, I was immature and did not know how to split my time properly. Fortunately, now I can manage lots of tasks at the same time.
However, at first, writing articles was another hard task for me. Articles should not be justa list of facts but need reasons to prove validity. The most frequent way we used was interviewing people in relation to the subject. Searching for interviewees and making contacts were big matters, since most of them did not want to be interviewed. Also, as I am not the type of person who likes meeting strangers, it took some efforts to get used to it. Luckily, as my experiences have grown, I can feel I am improving in many quarters. Now I feel relaxed making contacts to strangers and know how to handle given tasks. I could say that I am taking a step forward as a reporter. In other words, the Post, which was just a burden to me, is now becoming an opportunity to develop myself. I know more hardships will approachtoward me. Even if I still have a lack of ability, I am sure I would get over all the hardships and become a better reporter. I want to offer words of encouragement to myself in the future. “Hard works will always pay off.”
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