Do you remember Guus Hiddink, Korea's soccer coach during World Cup 2002? He made a great result in 2002. All Koreans wore red T-shirts and went out to cheer the Korean team.
He always told his players to "communicate a lot with each other." He thought that Korean players didn't talk enough to team-mates. "You need to have conversations with others. We can't know what team-mates think and what they want without talking to them," added Hiddink.
Lack of communication is a problem at Dongguk University, too. One Post reporter called the School Authority (SA) to find out about 'The abolishment of the Dept. of International Studies.' But the answer was short and rude. "I have nothing to say. Don't annoy me."
I knew that this was a sensitive issue with them and they wanted to avoid discussing it. But we wanted to hear the school's position and wanted to know what is true. If we can't talk to the DU staff, where do I go to hear the school's position?
I had the same experience when I was trying to get information about classes lectured in English. I had the chance to meet with the staff and professors. They agreed about the importance of classes in English, but they had different plans about how to do it. Moreover, one professor said that before opening classes in English, the school had to hold a conference to understand why we need to do it. Everyone was confused and they weren't talking to each other.
Recently, we saw a good example of how important it is to communicate. Dongguk Hall was renovated and reorganized between June and mid-Sept. to solve a lack of space. The renovation caused many problems, especially noise. Moving students' rooms to other floors is a sensitive issue. But it wasn't the big problem we expected, because the Facility Management often talked with students to prevent friction.
Communicating with others is important. The staff of DU contacted the students of the Dept. of International studies to announce the new way of changing their major. Thus, DU staff knew the importance of communication and they benefited by doing it.
The University is not for the SA. It's for SA, professors and students. It may be hard to start to communicate with each other, because they don't have enough experience. But communicating is the only way we can find out what one thinks and what one wants!
Seo Yong-geun firstname.lastname@example.org
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