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Make the Most of University!

Kim, Won-young 기자2012.03.13 14:58:26

 
Pay attention, freshmen! Look here, dear fellow students! Don’t you want to be the HAPPIEST students on campus? Then, make the most of the university! It does not matter so much where you go to university, but what you make of the experience. Then,But how can we do that? There are many concrete ways that students can improve their experience.
These contents are based on the book: The Harvard Guide to Happiness. According to ‘The New York Times,’ the professor Richard J. Light, a statistician by training, gathered colleagues and deans from 24 other institutions to evaluate how well the university educated its students.

² Meet the faculty
How many faculty membersies have you meet so far? Generally, students are reluctant to meet faculty; however, some professors say that students should know one faculty member reasonably well and get that faculty member to know us reasonably well. SThe students need to know a has few professors to write recommendations for jobs or for graduate school. But more importantly, the relationship makes a student feel more connected to the institution. In addition, detailed feedback and asking specific questions of professors and advisers could make students improve; for example, KNU students who have difficulty in writing an essay could get advice from the IWC (International writing center). Meeting the faculty is the best way to solve academic problems and get credible academic materials. If you want to be a great student, do not hesitate to meet the faculty!

² Study in groups
In KNU, there are hundreds of study groups existing. Here and there, wWe can see many flyers recruiting members for a particular study group around the campus. Are you still in doubt about studying in groups? Here is the answer. Doing homework is important, but what really matters is doing it in a way that helps you understand the material. Students who studied on their own and then discussed the work in groups of four to six, even just once a week, understood materials better and felt more engaged with their classes. This was especially true with natural science, which requires so much solitary work and has complicated concepts. If you visit on the KNU website and follow the steps, Home > Board > Recruitment > Study, you can find and join some study groups. Why don’t you try it?

² Take a mix of courses
Are you struggling with study because it does not really interest you? Nearly without exception, the students who struggle are taking nothing but large introductory courses needed to complete their degree. The trouble is that introductory courses cover so much material; therefore, students often fail to have something to sink their teeth into. So when theit comes time comes to choose a major, students do not know what really attracts them. Those who treat the early years like a shopping excursion, taking not only required classes but also ones that pique their interest, feel more engaged and happier with their major. Besides, take small classes which encourage faculty interaction and a feeling of connectedness. Taking small classes with 15 or fewer students requires a high proportion of engagement in class and this has a correlation with good grades.

² Speak another language.
Bonjour! ¡Buenos dias! And Hello!
Have you ever taken foreign language courses? Foreign language courses are the BEST-KEPT SECRET on campus. Language is the most commonly mentioned of favorite classes. Why is it? Because classes are small, professors insist on participation, students work in groups, and assignments include lots of written work and frequent quizzes, allowing for repeated corrections. In short, foreign language courses combine all the elements that lead to more learning and engagement. In KNU, there are many foreign language courses; for example, German, Russian, French, Japanese, Chinese and English. What about learning a foreign language and having fun? It cwould be a hard work but pure pleasure!

² Hold the drum
Hold the drum! It means that doing something beyond our studies in which we have an interest. Students often flounder in college because they do not have the same social or family support network they had at home. Those who get involved in outside activities, even ones not aimed at padding a resumee or a graduate school application, are the happiest. There is a real story of one young woman arriving unhappy in her adviser’s office. The adviser encouraged her to do something attractive except studying; however, she had no talent and could not play an instrument. ""How about joining the band?"" her adviser prodded. ""Ask them if you can hold the drum."" Years later, when asked to describe why her college experience had been so positive, she repeatedly referred to the band, which got her involved at pep rallies and football games and introduced her to a diverse range of students. Isn’t it amazing? What goes on in situations outside is just as important, and in some situations, it turns out to be a bigger deal than what happens in class. Moreover, an experience outside of class can have a profound effect on the courses students choose and even what they want to do in the future.

What do you think? Are these contents helpful? To sum up, the ways which students can improve their experiences are meeting the faculty, take a mix of courses, study in groups, speak another language and hold the drum. Besides these ways, there are manywould be some other ways to make the most of yourthe experience in university. Do you really want to be the happiest students on campus? Then, you should find and discover more and more on campus. Let’s try it together! The WORLD is your oyster!

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