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2017-07 31

[Student]Cross the World, Hanyangians!

The last day of finals end with the submission of the exam paper and the break begins. Students of Hanyang prepare for their break in all different ways, while there are a few who are packing their bags for travelling. News H met the travelers of Hanyang to share the joy of their journey. America, the land of dream “Travel is an opportunity to broaden my perspective.” “My school club members and I planned out our trip to America together,” said Jang. Her trip route was focused on the western states, especially on Grand Canyon. “I had great experience at America because it had a marvelous nature gifted but at the same time, developed its own culture and expressed it through modern places like Universal Studio,” said Jang. Jang's journey became better together with her friends from school club. (Photo courtesy of Jang) Jang picks her journey at the Grand Canyon as the best moment of the whole trip. “At the Horseshoebend, I felt like I could literally die walking under the burning sun, but when I reached the Antelope Canyon, I was captured by the magnificent beauty of America’s nature,” reminisced Jang. Jang strongly recommends other students to travel around the globe, because the four years at university could be the last moment people are young and free. “When we enter the world called society and start focusing on our careers, we might not be able to take a trip whenever we want to. So, let’s have fun while we can!” India, the holy world of Ganges “Travel is thirst. No matter how much I travel, I need more of it.” “I worked and saved money everyday for this trip. It was worth it,” said Kim. In the first week, Kim enjoyed the hot sunlight of India with her high school friends. In the vast continent, Kim had to utilize every possible transportation for her journey. “First, we took Indian cab, called Rickshaw, which is simply a bicycle. But the drivers deceived us with the price which made us fight against him and be thrown out in the middle of the street,” laughed out Kim. “Then we tried taking regional planes, sleeping buses, and night train, which tired us out completely,” said Kim. Kim was a superstar at India. “Indians were interested in a small Asian like me. Kids and families came up to me for a picture and a handshake. I have never been this popular!” chuckled Kim. This popularity helped Kim to bargain for price at markets. “When the seller asked for the price, I claimed for the 10% discount of the original price, and they usually accepted it. Please, don’t pay the full price when you visit India,” recommended Kim. Journey at India as a girl was the continuity of tension for Kim. “The day I arrived at India, there was a news on a foreign woman getting raped near the Ganges. This alerted us to rush to hotel right after sunset and always be careful of our security,” reminisced Kim. For Kim, travel is the source of energy. (Photo courtesy of Kim) Making new friends and contemplating on her life on the Ganges river became some of the most precious memories for Kim. She suggests to take a ride at Chulsoo’s Boat on the Ganges. Chulsoo is a Korean name which a travel writer Han Bi-ya of World Vision entitled for an Indian businessman on the Ganges. “Witnessing how the life and death coexists on the Ganges threw me some philosophical questions. I could see people taking bath, washing clothes, and floating dead bodies for funerals at the same time,” said Kim. “However, cows randomly swimming across the river while inquiring myself of philosophy was also a funny moment,” laughed out Kim. Kim suggests other students to make a bucket list for travelling and conquer each item off during the college years. “I think being a college student is standing on a thin boundary between a child and an adult. Perhaps, this is the only moment we can question about the future and ourselves deeply. These questions are often answered when we travel!” China, the endless wall of magnificence “Travel is arbitrary suffering. Because it is worth it.” “Simply saying, I was lucky to have a friend to accompany with, because he knew a lot about China,” said Lee. Lee’s friend has experience of living in Beijing, which helped them to plan their traveling routes easily. Lee’s trip was to go through at the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven as quick as possible. “China had the pro-working class policy which stabilized and lowered the public price. So only with the money I saved from my allowance, I didn't had to move around in a tight budget,” reminisced Lee. "Feeling the history of thousands of years in China was quite of an experience!" (Photo courtesy of Lee) Even with the cheap drinks and street food, Lee said that he sometimes was deprived of Korean food. “The unique taste of Chinese food intrigued me at first, but sometimes I was in need of spicy Kimchi,” laughed out Lee. He was also overwhelmed by magnificent architecture of China. “China is close to Korea and is cheap to travel around. I suggest to take a visit. Besides, we are university students who can legally travel twice a year thanks to break!” Kota Kinabalu, where sunset differs everyday “Travel is impromptu. It is the privilege of a college student.” “In the song of 10cm, a famous South Korean band, the word Kota Kinabalu came up and that was the sole reason I left for travelling,” said Park. His original plan was to take a trip with two of his old friends and enjoy various activities and hot sunshine at the beach. “Studying everyday is a dull life. So I decided to visit Kota Kinabalu with relaxing routes of stopping by one beach per day,” reminisced Park. Stopping by a beach and feeling the nature overwhelmed Park everyday. (Photo courtesy of Park) As a college student, preparing for travelling expenses was one of the nuisances. However, Park says that is also the fun of a spontaneous trip. “Since I’m just a university student, I was able to get financial support from my parents for this journey which enabled me to enjoy various activities like paragliding and skin-scuba diving at the Tanjung Aru Beach,” smiled Park. His suggestions for the travelers of Hanyang were to make sure that the public security and transportation are safe and try out as many food as possible. “Please try out butter dipping shrimps and chili-crabs, when you visit Kota Kinabalu!” Europe, the world of dream and adventure “Travel is a dream. Before travelling, I dream about the trip. During travelling, it feels like I’m dreaming. After travelling, I reminisce the trip like a dream.” (Photo courtesy of Chea) “I thought that missing this golden time of life as a university student would let me regret for life. So, I just booked for the plane tickets,” said Chea. Travelling in Europe where the public price is high wasn’t an easy decision for her. Chea saved money under one purpose- trip to Europe. “I saved money for a year by tutoring kids at academies,” said Chea. The price paid off. Chea’s 40 days at Europe became the memory book that she can open up whenever she feels gloomy. “I went to Europe with my best friend and we say to each other every night that even the chitchat at the hotel with chips and beer would be missed when we go back,” laughed out Chea. "40 days in Europe passed by like 4 seconds!" (Photo courtesy of Chea) Journey with her best friend taught her to understand and to share same, but special memories with her friend. “We planned out our daily trip a day before at the hotel, which was thrilling. Eating street foods whenever we were hungry or walking to a destination endlessly to save money are something only the youth would do. This trip will be the greatest memories of my 20’s,” said Chea. Chea also suggests students to prepare international student ID for various discounts and use EU trains to save money. In addition, eating street food of that country will let one feel its culture through tongue, she says. “My friend got her phone stolen at Barcelona while eating hamburgers. It was absurd, but we call it a memory. Even a theft experience gleams in my mind as a special memory!” Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr

2017-07 24 Important News

[Student]Pitching Star Rookie

A small white ball rolled upon a 10 year old boy. Although the boy barely knew what baseball is, he started to have an interest in baseball by joining the elementary school club as if he was destined to. This was the outset of Choi Chae-heung (Major in Sports in Life, ERICA, 4)’s baseball story. Chosen as the only university student of the 2018 Professional Baseball Rookie Players by KBO (Korea Baseball Association), Choi is beginning to embark on his professional baseball life. Choi has been nominated as a first-year rookie player for 2018 professional league. Until the glorious day of professional nomination On June 26 of 2017, Choi was nominated as the professional rookie player by Samsung Lions, one of the top 10 professional baseball leagues. The nomination symbolizes the road to success for rookies as the KBO only designates the best players and professional baseball clubs scouts new rookies based on the nomination. On the list, Choi was the one and only university student to be designated. “Although this fortunate news enlightened me, the feeling of gratitude advanced my joy. I immediately wanted to thank to all who supported and trusted me,” reminisced Choi. Although Choi is now the talk of the town as a captivating left-handed pitcher, it was nothing like he never had frustrating moments in his life. He originally was a pitcher in middle school league which he was utterly absorbed into. However, when he stepped into the high school league, his position suddenly changed into a batter and a first baseman due to his body fitness. Because the throwing speed of a pitcher needs to exceed 100 km/h, Choi, who was relatively smaller than now, was forced to give up the pitching position. “Even though my position changed into a batter, I couldn’t give up on my dreams of pitching. Since I became pretty tall as 185cm and I’m left-handed, I thought I could set forth these strengths as a pitcher later,” said Choi. Chasing his goals, he incessantly practiced on batting and pitching at the same time. When Choi came to Hanyang University, his coach Kim Han-geun fatefully suggested him to change his position to a pitcher. “I strongly asserted to my coach that I need to become a pitcher, and he trusted me. Kim is my life-saver and I thank him a lot,” said Choi. Endlessly training, Choi is now the best rookie pitcher throwing a ball up to the speed of 148 km/h. Choi is playing at his last University League with passion. (Photo courtesy of Choi) However, for Choi who enjoyed the honor of one of the best high school batters before, this swift change came to him as a new challenge. “I had no idea how to even professionally practice pitching so I asked my beloved friend Lee Soo-min who is a professional pitcher at Samsung Lions and my high school friend,” explained Choi. To wear a crown, endure the weight When Choi was 10 years old, he suddenly got interested in joining the baseball club in elementary school. However, for a boy who never knew what baseball was, it was a though challenge. “When I first began baseball, I wanted to run away from it due to its intense training. However, I came back to the club after a month of escape because I was captivated to baseball,” laughed Choi. Choi’s childhood wasn’t wealthy which made his parents concern about his career. “My mother opposed to my baseball career due to its expensive costs and uncertain future. However, my father who always taught me to pursue what I want, supported me,” recalled Choi. Even when Choi's performance was in its downside ,being ousted at his first-year player draft of KBO, his father was there to support him. “I persuaded my father that I want to keep my career and I will do better at university. He trusted me and I really was drafted as a rookie pitcher at KBO in my college,” smiled Choi. As a professional player, Choi is looking forward his bright future. "I plan everything ahead in a yearly basis and I am hoping to stay at the premier league and be awarded as the Rookie of the Year without any injuries,” said Choi. For the plan, he currently is working on weight training to reduce chances of small injuries. “Because of the hard training intensity that I continued since I was a boy, I had to give up on getting good GPAs at university. Still, I’m trying to cover it up with better baseball capacity,” said Choi. Choi's baseball life is about to begin. Choi’s final goal is becoming a member of the national baseball team. “Being a role model will be something I would ever ask for as a baseball player,” said Choi. In Korea, it is common for baseball players to immediately join the league after high school graduation. However, Choi’s experience at Hanyang University strengthened his capability. “I strongly suggest junior players to come to HYU because coach and friends fully support and believe in each other. With efforts of personal training and ardor, I think HYU will grow you into better players,” suggested Choi. Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Youn-soo

2017-06 27

[Student]Graduation Postponement and Employment Rate

The employment rate in South Korea is marking its lowest every year. The young generation is going through the so called 'Giving Up Syndrome', meaning that in order to lead an employed, sustainable life, one has to give up several factors- love, marriage, children, one's own house, relationships, and more. To find out more about job opportunities, college students are postponing their graduation. However, graduation postponement incurs shortage of faulty members per student and a lower school appraisal in accordance with student employment rate. To ascertain the correlation between graduation postponement and the employment rate, Ph.D. students of the Department of Education at Hanyang University's Graduate School, Lee Jeon-e, Yu Ji-hyeon, and Kang Young-min, have researched and grabbed their award at the symposium held by KEIS (Korea Employment Information System). News H met Yu and Kang for an analytical insight into their research. Changes in perception Graduation postponement is a term that differs from a leave of absence, meaning delaying the date of graduation after fulfilling all the graduation requirements. In the beginning of this policy’s application, a number of universities disfavored those in need of graduation postponement. “Students who need to graduate and get a job are in deep trouble nowadays due to the low employment rate and limited job openings. Since they don’t want to be idle and unemployed for years, they delay their graduation and search for jobs while retaining the sense of belonging to the school,” said Yu. However, considering these students’ circumstances, the government decided to advise universities to provide better services for students in need of postponement. Kang (left) and Yu (right) explain how graduation postponement affects the employment rate positively, using the GOMS data. Using the GOMS (Graduates Occupational Mobility Survey), graduation postponement is positively affecting the employment rate of university students. However, doing nothing during the delay would mean nothing. “It is imperative for these students to get involved in work experience like internships and professional consultations. Also, universities should run a career development center and its diversified services efficiently,” advised Kang. Both Yu and Kang referred to the case of Hanyang University as an exemplary case, considering its efforts and financial support for the Career Development Center. (To see more, click here.) Yu and Kang both suggest all colleges to run programs that can help students be employed while granting them credits. “We do worry that the concept of the university is changing- from the academic hub to an employment preparation center. However, the status quo of South Korea is extremely unstable that without such occupational preparations, the young generation can’t properly get a job,” emphasized Yu. Hopes for the Korean education system The selection of the thesis topic contributed to the winning of the KEIS Symposium. “Graduation postponement became a momentous issue for the young generation and the GOMS data have been established in 2014 separately from the leave of absence. This shows the facet of Korea’s reality,” said Kang. Being aware of the seriousness in the Korean education system and its effects on the employment rate, Yu and Kang both expressed their willingness to change the education system. The KEIS Symposium is held every year to prosper the research within the utilization of their employment data. (Photo courtesy of KEIS) Although they are walking down a similar lane, Yu and Kang have chosen different paths. In the case of Kang, she had always been interested in education itself and graduated from the Department of Educational Engineering and went to the graduate school of the same major. “As my perspective of viewing education broadened from micro to macro, my desire to research more on education was augmented,” said Kang. Now, she is working at the National Institute of Lifelong Education, working specifically on adult education. Yu, however, graduated from the Department of English Education and worked for a textbook production company. Inquiring the reasons behind the low quality of South Korean textbooks that students no longer utilize, she decided to enter graduate school at a late age. “Even though Kang and I have had different experiences, we cooperated to produce an intricate paper on a career-developing education in the hope of becoming helpful education researchers,” said Yu. Kang and Yu both dream of becoming researchers that can influence the Korean education system. Collecting preceding research papers and distinguishing the results in intricate ways to verify the correlation between graduation delay and employment was hard work. But with the help of their professor Park Ju-ho and his amendments, they were able to successfully end the journey. “We are not recommending students to delay their graduation just because our research proves a positive correlation. Making use of career development programs and multi-major policies of universities would be the most beneficial direction that we can suggest,” said Yu and Kang. Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Ha-na

2017-05 01 Important News

[Student]Hanyangian Brothers on the Soccer Field

When players flutter their sweat and passion in the air on a soccer field, the fans watch the direction a ball is heading to with bated breath. The fierce competition, earnest desire for victory, and both psychological and physical pressure are what soccer players must bear on the ground. In Hanyang University, there are two brothers who chose to walk this path- Lee Dong-hee of the Division of Sports and Well-Being and Lee Gun-hee of the Department of Sports Industry. Life of Hanyang soccer players Even though they were brothers grown at same home, their beginnings of soccer life were different. Dong-hee: I began playing soccer in my first year at elementary school. My father, who had a dream of becoming an athlete in his early age, suggested me to do so. From then, I lived with my coaches or my teammates, only to practice soccer. Gun-hee: My start was a bit different, because I had no interests in sports. When I was in my sixth grade at elementary school, I just became a goalkeeper for no reason. When I found out that I was a fast runner, I became an offense, and I began to grow my dream as a soccer player. Dong-hee: I went to a high school located in the rural area, so it was hard to be recognized by the coaches in Seoul. I had lucky opportunities to play against Hanyang University during my high school years for three times. This way, I could be scouted by my coach and come to HYU. I hope more opportunities will come to players at rural areas, because many of them have skills and efforts that deserve chances. Gun-hee: Unlike my older brother, I went to a high school in Seoul, and got accepted to Hanyang University. I thought that HYU would be a great home for me, because my brother is there and, also because of its environment. The coaches are nice and the facilities are considerate of players. I am blissful about my soccer life at HYU, except for my brother’s high temper. (laugh) Dong-hee: Just like Gun-hee said, the coach always tries to solicitude us, considering our conditions, schedules, and needs. As a sub-captain of a team, I have burdens that I have to encourage and criticize teammates at the same time. Also, managing soccer schedules and school education is another nuisance for us. Lee Dong-hee (left) and Lee Gun-hee (right) are talking about their soccer life. One year is a long run for Hanyangian soccer players. From February, Hanyang team participates in the Spring Soccer League, and the U-League (University League), until September. Also, between June and August, players compete against 16 other teams at the National Sports Festival. When most of the leagues are over, Hanyang soccer team leaves for the off-season training during the winter to constantly fit in shape. The Lee brothers on the field Both brothers take great responsibilities on the soccer field. The older brother Dong-hee is a midfielder and Gun-hee is a front-line offense. Despite the great pressure they must bear, Dong-hee is now a sub-captain and Gun-hee has already scored multi-goals at the U-league. Q. What are some aspects of each other that you want to take after? Dong-hee: My brother Gun-hee is sincere on the field. Before playing games, be manages his mental conditions and is able to calmly score at games. Gun-hee: Dong-hee embodies great fundamental skills and fitness. Even though I try to be calm when faced with the goalpost, it is still hard for me to take care of my health conditions. I am affected by the time when I play soccer, but Dong-hee is consistently good during the game, whether it is morning or evening. Q. What are your ultimate goals? Dong-hee: I want to enter a K-League (Korean League) team in South Korea. Also, I wish to wear a Tae-guk mark (South Korean Flag) on my uniform and represent my country with my brother. Fame is not what I desire, but long-lasting soccer life. Thus, I will always confront soccer earnestly, also to satisfy my grateful coach who trusts me. Gun-hee: I want to become a memorable player in the end. My favorite soccer player is Lewandowski of FC Bayern. Just like him, I want to be the best offense who results in constant scores. The two passionate brothers stand as the bright future of HYU. Parents of the Lee brothers are very proud of their sons, but try not to root for them intensely. They lower their sons’ conceit, if they have to. Under such wise parents, the Lee brothers are always immersed into soccer and practicing. “When I visited Germany from HYU, I realized that general environments such as facilities, coaches, and self-pride are different from Korea. I wish our country will someday provide such comforts and considerations for all our players,” said Lee. Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Ha-na