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Road to Success and Happiness

Cho Gwang-rae, head of Korea Aerospace Research Institute's (KARI) Naro rocket launch team and Pyo Chang-won, former professor of the National Police University had visited Dongguk University to share their stories of success and happiness on March 20th and 28th, respectively.

After the successful launch of Naro rocket, Cho’s schedule has been extremely packed with interview and lecture requests from various media. At the lecture that was given on March 20th, however, Cho’s face was lit up with anxiousness to give a talk to his fellow Donggukians. “I feel like Dongguk's my second home. I always put aside my schedule whenever the school needs me.”As widely known, Cho is a proud alumnus of Dongguk who graduated from the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering in 1988 and further continued his studies for Master’s and Doctor’s Degree, creating a special bondwith the university where he spent almost 10 years of his life.

Around 350 students attended the lecture on the day and listened to the alumnus giving details of what actually happened on the day of Naro rocket launch and the difficulties he had faced. He mentioned how the first and second launch failure brought every team member’s spirit down and as the head of the team,he had to face all the blames and criticisms from the media. This impetus eventually led to the successful launch of Naro rocket and as a result, Korea has advanced one step closer in becoming an aerospace powerhouse.

The path to success was never easy for Cho, especially for his family members who had only two family vacations over the past 25 years. Cho feels regretful that he could not spend much time with his daughter, who is also majoring in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, just like her father. Even so, he believes that certain sacrifices need to be made in order for national affairs like Naro rocket launch to be pursued. He concluded the lecture by advising the students to accept the failures and endlessly challenge ourselves.

   
 
   
Another acclaimed speaker visited Dongguk on the 28th of March to deliver a speech on what a real happiness and justice means. Pyo Chang-won who is renowned forensic psychologist defined happiness from the perspective of love, sense of achievements, emotional sensitivity and justice. As he went on with his speech, a room full of students nodded in agreement when he mentioned,“Justice will be claimed in the end no matter how long it takes because truth has no side,” adding that “ we need to abide by our faiths to find the ultimate happiness.”

The lecture lasted for almost two hours and students lined up afterwards to receive Pyo’s autograph. Kim Jeong-eun, a sophomore from the Department of Public Administration, commented, “I wish there could be more famous personnel invited to deliver speeches so that we can hear practical advice that help with our decision making.”

Lee So-young  soybeans@dongguk.edu

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