Each student is hoping different future dreams and walking diverse paths to achieve them. We usually want jobs that welfare and stability are guaranteed or self-actualization is possible. To achieve these, efforts that students should put on are essential. Now, many people are trying their best to make their resume attractive by doing extracurricular activities or studying to get a certificate for employment. Since the goals and activities are different by each student, places that they prefer for study are also various. For instance, just as study cafes are gaining huge popularity among students, students are trying to exert maximum efficiency in places where they can entirely focus. The Dongguk Post interviewed students who are doing extracurricular activities and studying for certificates. Also, the Dongguk Post interviewed the places where they study. Let’s listen to their stories.
who do extracurricular activities
Shin Chae-yeon, Junior
Advertising and Public relations
Jeon Ha-kyung, Junior
Q. Can you tell us what you want to do in the future and why you decided to do it?
Chae-yeon : I want to be a marketer who touches into people’s heart. When I was a high school student, I used to play a role of communications director in the student council. Watching the events that were planned by myself and people enjoying it made me be proud of myself. After that, I became interested in marketing which makes people laugh with creative thoughts, so I entered the Department of Advertising and Public relations. Currently, I am chasing a dream of a marketer.
Ha-kyung : I am desiring a job of service planning. When I see an enterprise, I usually find some problems embedded in services that the enterprise provides. While looking at the problems, I think how I can solve those problems and how the other companies would solve the similar issues. Due to such habits, I thought service planning duty might fit on me and I started hoping to get this job.
Q. Where do you usually get information about the extracurricular activities?
Chae-yeon : Applications, which are called Campus pick and Linkareer, are the sources where I get information. If there is an activity newly noticed on the application and if I like it, I search on the Internet for more information about it.
Ha-kyung : I usually refer to Campus pick and Linkareer. Sometimes I applied for extracurricular events announced on the school’s website.
Q. What extracurricular activities have you participated in so far?
Chae-yeon : I am interested in Social Network Service(SNS) and marketing, so I prefer extracurricular activities focused on content planning and production. I have worked as a “Yestar,” which is a university student supporters hosted by online bookstore Yes24, and “Product safety collegian promotion units.” Recently, I started a new activity called “Sangsang friends” by KT&G Sangsanguniv.
Ha-kyung : I worked as a supporter of a council in charge of the university’s innovation support project, which establishes and supports the development of talented students who can actively respond to the fourth industrial revolution. Furthermore, I participated in campaigns, which connect good companies and consumers donating some of the profits from them. Also, I joined the Agri-Food start-up contests and so on.
Chae-yeon made a Card news which was done through the extracurricular activities
/Photography from Shin Chae-yeon
Q. What is the most memorable activity? Also, can you explain the rewards or difficulties you felt through the activity?
Chae-yeon : The time I have worked as a “Yestar” is the most memorable. My team made a video and we uploaded it on YouTube. It had a good press. At that time, I felt a sense of pride that everything, starting from video planning to production, was made by our hands. However, due to COVID-19, we were unable to proceed face-to-face meetings, so we had to do online meetings using Zoom and it was sad that there were some inconveniences.
Ha-kyung : My job as a supporter of the council is the most memorable. Since I was doing this activity during the semester, it was quite difficult to do school assignments and extracurricular activity simultaneously. Still, it was an opportunity to know about the business in school, and also a good time to plan the programs that I wanted to do.
Q. What do you think is the most important ability to do extracurricular activities?
Chae-yeon : I think feeling confident of myself is most important. Until we are selected as an activity’s performer, we need to show our confidence, and even after we are chosen we should continuously have confidence in ourselves. That would lead us to good results.
Ha-kyung : An ability to investigate the data and think analytically is most crucial.
Q. Can you give some tips and advices to people who are planning to start extracurricular activities?
Chae-yeon : I hope that people strongly show their passion either on cover letters or on their portfolios about how much they want to do this activity and how well they can do it. I know it is difficult to try at first, since I also was puzzled. Although you do not have any experiences, there are many ways to express yourself such as showing your values and goals, so I hope you just try the activities you want with confidence!
Ha-kyung : I think it is hard for students to apply for extracurricular activities without any experiences since those activities also want people who have a work experience. This situation will lead students to think that extracurricular activities are needed to make work experiences. But, how and where can they make work experiences to apply for other activities? It was same for me. I recommend starting with activities related to the desired job, engaging in activities recruited by small companies than targeting large companies from the beginning. If you try a small company first, the competition rate is relatively small, so it is killing two birds with one stone because you can add even one more line of experience. I hope you guys all join the extracurricular activities and learn more about the job you want. Go for it!
who prepares certificate
Kim Phil-je, Senior
Media and Communication
in Gachon University
Q. Can you tell us what you want to do in the future and why you decided to do it?
Phil-je : My dream is to become a journalist. I like giving information to people around me and writing short articles. Also, reading newspapers is one of my hobbies. For me, journalists seemed professional and have a conviction on their articles. So I wish to be a dedicated reporter who delivers the right information.
Q. What kind of certificates are you preparing for?
Phil-je : Currently, I am studying to earn a certificate which is called KBS Korean Language Proficiency Test. This is a test to measure whether people have the right ability to use the Korean language.
Q. Why do you think the certificate is necessary for the job you want?
Phil-je : Journalists must use the correct language because they write public articles that can be read by everyone. Incorrect words and grammar can cause misunderstanding to the reader, so having a high understanding of the language is necessary for journalists. Moreover, in order to write a readable article, creativity is important. I think there is a big connection between my desired job and the test preparation as it helps me gain the qualities I need as a journalist.
Q. Can you explain how you are currently studying the certificate?
Phil-je : I am organizing the concepts that are needed while preparing the test. At the same time, I am complementing my deficiencies by solving previous tests and remedying mistakes.
Q. Can you give some tips and advice s to those who are planning to get the certificate?
Phil-je : I think it might be tedious advice, but the most important thing is just repeating from the easy one. If you do not lay the foundations, it will be hard for you to utilize them, you will think as if you are seeing the concept newly when you asked question. Cramming may be helpful, but in the long run, as things you have to learn continuously increase, you should invest time in repeating easy levels until you can freely utilize them.
who use various study places
Q. What is your most favorite study place and why do you prefer it?
Chae-yeon : Currently, I am studying at home due to COVID-19, but the place I most prefer is cafe. Since I refresh my mind and study while eating desserts and beverages that I like, cafe is my favorite place to study.
Ha-kyung : I prefer studying at home. In the situation of COVID-19, home is the safest place. Also, I can concentrate in a silent room.
Phil-je : I like studying at a study cafe. It is because I do not prefer a place that is too quiet or too loud. Study cafe’s sound is moderate so I can easily concentrate on my task. Also, it makes me feel like I am in a cafe without any uproariousness.
Study cafe is a place where people can fully focus
/Photography by Lee Jae-eun
Q. What do you think are the pros and cons of your favorite place?
Chae-yeon : In contrast to my house where there are a lot of obstacles as it is a very comfortable place to me, cafe is a moderately comfortable place to concentrate on my task. However, there are disadvantages. Surrounding noise can be loud depending on the situation and I cannot make loud sound as it is a space used with other people.
Ha-kyung : I can concentrate well as it is very quiet, but there is also a disadvantage of feeling of limp as a rag when I spend too much time at home.
Phil-je : I think sitting as much as I want and using free electronice devices are the advantages. Moreover, there are snacks I can eat when I am hungry while studying. On the other hand, the disadvantages are that the price I had to pay is expensive than I expected and it has to be paid regularly.
Q. Is there any reason why you are not using other places?
Chae-yeon : I do not prefer other places such as reading room or library as I usually type on my laptop when I study. Since I think it might disturb people in that place, I prefer a space with a little noise.
Ha-kyung : I do not go to a cafe because I cannot concentrate due to the noises around me. On the other hand, the library and reading room are too quiet to use since I feel uncomfortable when I take notes as it can make some noise.
Phil-je : As my family members are all staying at home, it is hard for me to concentrate in that situation. Cafe is also too noisy and people moving around quite bothers me. Meanwhile, I do not use library because there is no library nearby.
Q. Do you think that the study place affects your achievement?
Chae-yeon : Since it is hard to sit at a cafe for a long time, therefore I try to concentrate and finish tasks in a short time. I can also feel the feeling of taking a walk on the way to and from it, so it helps me awake my tired mind and improve learning efficiency.
Ha-kyung : Yes. In my case, depending on how well I concentrate, there is a difference in the performance of the duty and the time it takes to do it.
Phil-je : The study place definitely affects my achievement. If I compare the checklists of the day I went to the study cafe with those of the day I did not, the achievement rate was much higher than I expected.
Q. What kind of people do you think are appropriate for the place you are using?
Chae-yeon : I think cafe is suitable for those who want to study in a more casual atmosphere than home or those who have a synergy effect by eating foods while they are studying! Studying at a cafe is strongly recommended to both people who do not fall asleep because they are outside and who prefer informal atmosphere due to the moderate noise.
Ha-kyung : People who are sensitive to noise and can concentrate continuously even in familiar places would be suitable to study at home.
Phil-je : I think the study cafe fits to people who want to feel informal atmosphere, but not to people who cannot endure the noise.
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