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361. Some Tips for a New Journey

Professor Kang, Jin-ho (Dept. English Language and Literature) 기자2016.03.02 00:00:00

A new year and a new semester mark a new start. During this time of year, everyone is filled with high hopes, making a new year’s resolution or a new plan. But overall, the prospect ahead of us, whether economic, political, or environmental, in the national and global stage, does not look so bright, even dismal, and makes us feel disheartened. Young men and women, in particular, are more insecure about their future prospects due to adverse conditions in the job market. They are referred to as the generation who must give up three traditional values: getting married, having children, and purchasing houses. Thus, the pressing issue at hand, especially to college students, is to determine what goals they should have for this year and beyond.


The answer to this question may not be easy to find and it may vary according to different types of people. However, I would like to venture into making some basic suggestions for college students. First, you need to remind yourselves that you are on the course of becoming someone. You can explore your own potentialities, develop your abilities and continue to mold the best versions of yourselves. You of today will not be the same tomorrow. Every second you are changing, for better or for worse, so I’d like to urge you to advance in the direction in which you can grow continuously.

Second, you have to be responsible and independent as unique members in our society. Ultimately it is only you who take responsibility of your lives, whether it is good or not. College is a training place where you can gain the necessary qualifications to become responsible individuals. You are the active agents and motivators of your lives, not the passive recipients. Despite formidable barriers, you still need not lose heart, but challenge and change the unfavorable circumstances for your own good. Do not be overwhelmed or feel helpless by the discouraging realities in front of you. As young adults you can still see hopeful futures beyond your realities, regardless of how gloomy they may appear to be. You should take bold steps towards your promising visions and become genuine responsible masters of your lives.

Third, I think sometimes it is necessary to take a deep breath, look around and take it easy. However alone, or hopeless you may feel when faced with adversities, with a change of perspective you can have a positive outlook. It is easy to find someone to depend on for support, whether he or she is a member of the academic community, a friend, a family member or a neighbor. Remember that each of you is an indispensable, essential member of our community, depending greatly on each other. So why don’t you try to share your happiness and sadness with someone who is close to you? Friendship and solidarity are like oxygen to a suffocating soul if he or she takes a deep breath and looks around.


As a crew member of the KUN flagship, each of you is setting sail for the year 2016 with great expectations. On the new course of passage, you may be confronted by an unexpected storm, current, or iceberg under the surface; but nonetheless, I expect you will overcome those obstacles, finding yourself: stronger, more mature, responsible and dependable in reaching the final destination of your journey.

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