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362. New Circumstance, New Aptitude

Park,Seon-joo 기자2016.06.18 17:01:49

“What is your aptitude?” Whenever we hear this question, it is a little difficult to answer clearly because the concept of aptitude is so abstract. We might define our aptitude by comparing our ability with that of others, or we might connect it to an occupation. However, the person who wins a writing contest only have an aptitude for writing? Does a reporter only have an aptitude for reasoning? These questions show us that there are some distorted views about the word, aptitude.

Aptitude is referred to the most remarkable potential among the various possible talents. Thus, the first necessity is to be aware of the abilities we possess. However, it is hard to identify these concretely, since individual talents can be influenced by the circumstances and curriculums to which we are exposed. If we lived in other environments and studied other curriculums, we would develop other talents. For example, imagine a man who is good at speech, but his curriculum does not emphasize the importance of it. Under that curriculum, it might be hard to recognize the talent as his aptitude. Therefore, the more we want to know about our own talents, potential and aptitude, the more we have to expose ourselves to new circumstances.

Nowadays, Kyungpook National University is encouraging us to approach a new circumstance: IT. In 2014, the department of Computer Science has opened the Samsung Convergence S/W Course (SCSC). Two years later, the department is providing five S/W convergences. The lectures are for non-majors, which results in a relatively fair competition for grades, so that students can enter the field of software more easily. In my case, I took one of those programs in order to study software for the first times. This gave me inconceivable opportunities to reveal my previously undiscovered potential in the field. Furthermore, it influenced my future plans. Even if your result in new circumstances is not the same as mine, it can also help you to define your aptitudes by confirming what kinds of talents you do or do not have. It helps you know where and how to focus your time and energy.

In a few weeks, summer break will begin. I hope we will all look forward to spending meaningful time exposing ourselves to new circumstances and finding something amazing. In the end, we will get a thorough understanding of ourselves.

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