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New Year’s Resolution

Most of us make New Year’s resolution but we don’t always fulfil them.  Pop quiz: what should we do to make them come true?  Recent research shows that participants in a resolution study achieved their goal 22% more when they engaged themselves in goal setting, a system where they set small measurable goals as targets.  For instance, instead of saying “lose weight”, they set goals like one pound per week, while others succeeded 10% more when they announced their goals in public and got support from their friends.  As is evident in the research results, I would like to further discuss our Dongguk post’s New Year’s resolution in greater detail so that more people would be aware of it and, eventually, watch us keep our resolution goals. 


Under the newly adopted slogan “Bridge Linking Dongguk to the World”, our New Year’s resolutions can be classified into three types:


Firstly, we would make a newspaper that helps Donggukians look at everything from an international perspective.  I took a seminar once and I was confused when asked the question from a speaker: “Can you define the word ‘globalization’?”; “How will you prepare for globalization?”; And can you guess what my answer was?  I said only “English.”  I could only say one word.  What has happened to me may not be so different from what has happened to you.  Thus, by writing articles featuring foreigners and international experts, we will try to give our readers insights into globalization and what we should prepare for.


Secondly, we would make a newspaper that spread news widely about Dongguk University and Korea to foreigners on our campus.  Needless to say, our school lacks information for foreigners who aren’t fluent in Korean.  There are plenty of exchange students, professors and researchers from overseas countries and the number of foreigners is expected to increase rapidly in recent years with the construction of the International Hall.  Accordingly, we will try to let foreign Donggukians know about Dongguk and Korea by inviting them to Dongguk Post.


Thirdly, we would make a newspaper that seeks to raise Dongguk’s reputation on higher education landscape.  There is certainly a tendency for college newspapers to “play it safe” when it comes to discussing possible problems with the school, but we will also make an effort to point out those problems not to hurt Dongguk but to help it jump forward and improve its reputation. Therefore, we will try to both criticize and provide positive comments to our school. 


Everybody comes up with thousands of innovative resolutions every year such as quitting smoking, quitting drinking and volunteering to help others, but they need two things to stick to them as mentioned above.  We need to be concrete in our plans and we need to get help from others. Take a look at our newspaper this year and watch us fulfil our resolutions one by one.

Yun Sang-young  letterbee@dgu.edu

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