I can remember when I participated in the Essay Contest last semester. It was a totally awful and embarrassing experience. A thousand butterflies took flight in my stomach when I handed in my essay. Honestly, I thought of heading to the door a thousands of times . But I did not want to give up during the contest. Writing and organizing my thoughts in English is very complicated and the time limit was especially difficult for me as everybody did. Anyway, when I read the articles that the others wrote for that contest in No. 335 of The Dongguk Post, I wanted to crawl into a very small hole like a mouse. That's why I hesitated to to write something in English when the Post asked me. However, I didn't, because I knew that it would improve my writing skills, no matter what people think about my writhing. One more thing; I want to say "thanks" to Sherbo for his enthusiasm at the Dongguk Post and for giving advice to all of us with all his heart. Now, lets get back to the main topic, which is the cover story. I actually read it with great interest, because I felt that the issue covered by the Post was of personal interest to me . As a job-hunter and senior, I was obligated to keep an eye on the political and economic situation in order get a nice job. First of all, I think that the cover story was organized well and made a brief report about President Kim's achievements and weaknesses during the past 5 years. Moreover, owing to the survey, I got an opportunity to compare my ideas with Donggukian's general ideas, which was very meaningful at that time. Secondly, I got another chance to consider what was done or wasn't as he promised before becoming President. I also think it's very important to evaluate, promote and improve the next regime. However, I was a bit disappointed with the conclusion reached by the Post. As a matter of fact, I was expecting to hear fresh and creative ideas from the Post reporters, who don't get censored. In other words, the Post just repeated the major press' viewpoints, and I couldn't find anything different from them. In this situation, why would anyone choose the Post. It is not a matter of how to write in English, but how to present information that is valuable and efficient. Let me demonstrate a way to make the process of organizing information more creative. According to one Japanese professor, information consists of two different kinds of knowledge. One is Tacit Knowledge, which is subjective: knowledge of experience (body), simultaneous knowledge (here and now) and analog knowledge (practice). The other is Explicit Knowledge that is knowledge of rationality (mind), sequential knowledge (there and then) and digital knowledge (theory). We usually focus on the latter. However the important and excellent information is in the former. Through discussion, observance and sharing experience mutually, we would surely get fresh and creative ideas from these activities. In order to do that, it is necessary to have a system that can stimulate each member regularly. It is a very common story that the mass media is forcing us to work just on our appearance and what we look like than on what we have experienced. Even though society focus on diversity, we became already similar because to each other of the mass media. I truly recommend that it's time to think about what Robert E. Guinn said in his book, Deep Change (1996). Deep Change is to 'Travel naked into the land of uncertainty and get lost with confidence'.
Lee Nam-joo firstname.lastname@example.org
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