|▲ Yang In-hyeok (English Language & Literature)|
To be honest, before I joined The Dongguk Post, I never really thought seriously about becoming a reporter, nor had a chance to experience what they do as a professional. I thought to myself, “Since I love writing, but being an author requires too much creativity for my rigid brain, therefore I am going to become a reporter.” It was as easy as deciding the consumption of the day from the school cafeteria menu.
Safe to say now, that thoughtless, reckless and indifferent decision paid its price. Before I joined the Post, I never knew that writing formed only a small part of a reporter’s job, and much of it required, peeking here and there for new issues, asking questions to interviewees and shooting pictures. I never thought that writing one article could take so long. I never realized how hard it is to come up with a fresh idea for a unique article. I never found out that after all that reading, composing and double-checking, there were still mistakes printed on the sheets of our paper.
To conclude, it is not an exaggeration that the Post taught me what it is like to be a reporter. I made countless mistakes; so much so that it makes me hesitant to simply claim “It was all worth it.” However, with four months now past my first day at work, I know I have to lay those mistakes behind, and take my job proficiency into the next level. Most definitely, it is about time I do so.
Yang In-hyeok firstname.lastname@example.org
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