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A Worthwhile Three Years

People always regret the past and look back into the past. "If I took the test again, I would get better grade." or “If I had worked hard at school, I’d have gotten a better job."
  We frequently hear those remarks. In fact, "Doing our utmost," which we use frequently, is not easy to practice in our life. Thus, when we see a person who works very hard, we are impressed and become inspired by him or her.
  My mother always said, "Be passionate at what you really like to do." However, if someone asked me, "How many things were you crazy about during the past 24 years?" I would say, "Only one thing. I was crazy for The Dongguk Post for three years!"
  For the past three years The Dongguk Post was my mentor, teacher, and lover. As the Post reporter, my mentor was always a top priority.
  When I became the editor-in-chief of this journal, the Post was at stake. There were no senior reporters, so I was appointed chief at the end of my freshman year. I worked keenly from day to day in those days. With my only colleague Ji-won, we were immersed in work and strived to improve our journal.
  When the deadline come, Ji-won and I worked at the office all day long. But I enjoyed it and worked with a sense of mission because it was not just my own work but our school’s journal and history.
  As a result, several special projects were executed and some new columns were started. And the staff of The Dongguk Post increased again when six bright junior reporters, "our child," joined us.
  Now I am thankful for the past three years.
  Everybody has their own passion. But it is not easy to focus it. I learned to focus of my passion at The Dongguk Post. Therefore, I'm greatful.
  Also, the past three years let me realize my course after graduation. At first, I wanted to be a judicial officer. But I met the Post and found my real calling. Now I dream of having a new press card after graduation. I'm happy to have a direction. There are many friends of mine who agonize over their futures. The Dongguk Post saved me from agonizing.
  At last, I learned how to overcome difficulties. Actually the times as chief always were a strain. I was more of a "crisis manager" than a chief. The times were hard to endure. However, I learned a lot.
  Those 2002 to 2004 years were the best times of my life. I worked myself to death, but I already miss the work and will miss it for eternity. Regretfully, it’s time to leave the office. I pray to God for The Dongguk Post’s bright future. I know the junior reporters also will find many treasures in the Post. And I knew that they will strive to find the real purpose of our campus English journal. And I would like to say "thank you" to associated with my three years at the Post.

Shin Dong-kyu  korea232@dongguk.edu

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