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366. Have Tireless Enthusiasm for Your Dream!

Jang, Su-jeong 기자2017.05.10 13:13:10

The word ‘universe’ means everything. As a ‘university’ student, do you think you are doing your best to learn everything? Before answering that question, think seriously about what studying means to you. Professor, Ko, Sung-hoon said that learning is what makes himself and human beings happy through seeking the truth. The KNU Times interviewed him for you so that you could pursue your dream.

 

<Profile> Ko, Sung hoon is a visiting professor at Kyungpook National Universities and teaches Human Resource Management and Technology Management. He has a variety of degrees in Plant Science, French, English, Philosophy, Dogmatic Theology (Th.M), Pastoral Theology (M.Div), Policy Science, Political Science, and Business Administration (Human Resource, Marketing) in seven different universities.

 

Q1. What inspired you to study so actively?

A1. Since I was young, I have loved reading books. While attending Seoul National University, I read a lot of books intensively and thought seriously about how to live in the future. At that time, there was no one to give an answer except me. I was enthusiastic about purchasing books written by scholars eminent in their fields and read them through to create my own vision. I decided to get an education that crosses disciplinary boundaries all my life and write books as a scholar and writer. I want to write classic books that I can call the masterpieces, in order to make mankind happy. Thus, I have studied a variety of subjects and have realized the importance of convergence and consilience, which have broadened my horizons

 

Q2. You live with the enthusiasm to study. What was the hardest thing while you were majoring?

A2. I was born into a poor family. I am the youngest son in my family, and my father is a man of national merit. When I was young, I was taught to study hard and contribute to society in the future. My life motto was to study on my own and succeed without support from my parents, but my life was like a roller coaster which has its ups and downs. After I decided to write books, I started to study humanities. I had trouble in making enough time to study because I had to earn money by doing part-time jobs, such as private tutoring and teaching in cram schools. While other graduate students stayed up all night studying, I worked after 6 pm every day. At that time, I always carried scores of antibiotics with me to prevent my body from aching all over due to intense fatigue. I worked out at least an hour every day to stay healthy as well.

 

Q3. Your experience opened up a range of opportunities to you. What motivated you to lecture on Business Administration?

A3. After reading a collection of essays[1] written by Abbé Pierre, I decided to work in hospital management when I got older. Abbé Pierre, also called the champion of the homeless, felt anger because the poor must suffer while the rich did not care. He devoted his life to helping them, so I respect him the most. I want to contribute to society and help the poor like him. In addition, Business Administration is the most attractive discipline to me, because it is an interdisciplinary field and reflects social trends, which are changing rapidly. I love studying it. The more I learn, the more I am fascinated by it.

 

Q4. You said you want to be a hospital manager. Do you have any other future goals you want to achieve?

A4. I attach importance to completing myself and my books. I acquired many degrees in various majors, and if necessary, I will try to have another major. I would like to study Mathematics and Classical Languages, if time permits. This is because the former is the mother of all sciences, and the latter is essential for translating the original meaning of a text. My ultimate goal is to publish a book about ‘the new paradigm: what should be next after democracy and capitalism?’. After working as a professor until my 50s, I will bury myself in my writing while running a hospital.

 

Q5. Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to the students of KNU?

A5. First, read strategically. Everyone in their 20s should read constantly, and think about what they want to do in the future. I think you can achieve any vision if you read more than 3,000 must-read classics. Second, emulate the experts by reading their books and auditing their lectures. This will improve your thinking skills and expand your horizons to an extent far beyond what you can imagine. Third, try to study foreign languages. If possible, it is recommended to read books in the original language. Set your daily goal to master the language you want to learn. Learning example sentences is more efficient than memorizing words individually out of context. Lastly, design your life while being true to yourself. Make every effort to do what makes you happy. Even though my family does not know what I was doing, I tried to turn my vision into reality. Most importantly, decide your dream after much thought and consideration because a choice is another name for giving up something you could do.



[1] This book was published in Korea, titled ‘My Shame is the Poverty of My Neighbors.’ (Abbé Pierre. (2004). 이웃의 가난은 나의 수치입니다 (김주경, 옮김). 서울: 우물이있는집.)

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