By definition, a "magazine" is a periodical that presents a variety of topics, usually on current events, in a format that often includes interviews and commentary. Like its literal meaning, the Dongguk Post has succeeded in fulfilling this definition. There was a large collection of articles, stories, pictures, and many other features.
Last month's monitoring section mentioned that the magazine's strongest point was its focus on the students' interests and concerns. I, too, agree that this is one of its greatest strengths and believe that the Dongguk Post is a representation of the students' voice. However, I'd like to add that the periodical shows school spirit as well. As a student of another university, reading the Dongguk Post gave me a better understanding of the school, its values, and also the changes that the students wish to improve.
My favorite article was titled "It's not too late!!!" Many students have worried about how they should spend their time during their youth. Should they play or should they study? The editorial was a good way to inform students about how to manage their time doing both. It also encourages students to have a meaningful time during their four years of college. Several other issues also mentioned topics/problems that are widely discussed and debated currently among students. It was good to see how the articles were written in such a way that students of all schools could easily relate to those issues.
One weakness that I would like to point out is the objectivity of some of the articles. Yes, it is impossible for one to write an editorial that is totally based on facts. Moreover, it is impossible to write perfectly in an objective manner without mentioning any opinions. However, I believe that articles could be written in such a way that it could be encouraging instead of leading. Was the main purpose of the articles to provoke or to persuade?
Another flaw was the article's depth. Some articles were unnecessarily detailed while others seemed to have needed more insight. I could also find minute spelling and grammar mistakes, which led me to think that the articles were written in a rush and that they were not checked through thoroughly.
Despite a few weaknesses, the magazine gave me a good impression of the school overall. The June issue was the first periodical that I have read from Dongguk University. After reading it, I felt that I should continue to read this magazine. I would also like to encourage students of Dongguk University as well as students of other universities to read the Dongguk Post because it is a great chance to learn more about the school.
Malia Aurelia Tumacder firstname.lastname@example.org
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