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According to the announcement on October 1st by the Ministry of Personnel Management Cyber Examination Center, 8,157 people applied for this year’s 5th level open recruitment administration post, and 270 were ultimately selected. Lee Jun-pyo (Department of Policy Studies, 4th year) was accepted for the general administration post in the Daegu region, which made him one of the youngest people to pass the 5th level open recruitment public administration post. Lee Jun-pyo (Department of Policy Studies, 4th year) is one of the youngest to pass the 2019, 5th level, open recruitment administration post. In the civil service examination, which presents several stages, the primary exam tests candidates on English, Korean history, the constitution, and PSAT. The secondary exam for the administrative post includes four required subjects including administrative law, the science of public administration, economics, and political science, as well as one elective subject, from which Lee chose information system theory. The third part of the examination were interviews which take place over a course of two stages, and candidates are tested on personal PT presentation and debate. Successful candidates are admitted into the National Human Resources Development Institute around April or May of next year, and after a probationary period, they are then assigned to government departments. Lee started studying for the public administration examination when he was in his first year of college, which makes it a total of roughly three years of study and three trials of examinations before hearing the exciting news of his acceptance. He was in a geography club during his second year of high school, and he wrote a thesis on the direction of development in Daegu through improving the domiciliation conditions. He was attracted to public policy when he began formulating and executing policies by analyzing the local finance policies or traffic policies of the government and tried to make alternatives. “I applied for the 5th level open recruitment because I found it to be a career that can solve many social problems confronted by our country and have a positive impact on people.” Lee tried to find correlations between school and the exam. He made the most of school courses by taking morning classes to start the day early and taking lectures related to the examination. He studied mostly at the school library, the Hanyang Cyber University Café, or in the HIT Yang Min-yong Lounge after class. He found the administration exam class at Hanyang helpful because of the secondary mock exams which are graded with commentary on the questions from professors within and outside of school. For the secondary descriptive examination, he practiced writing fast. Correcting posture when writing and changing the pen to one that fits his hand well contributed to faster handwriting. He also mentioned how he often read long sentences to improve his writing skills and read news articles, textbook, theses, or precedents in its full text to familiarize himself with vocabulary and expressions applicable for the descriptive exam. He learned how to yield the turn during debate, how to find opportunity to make a remark, and how to organize and summarize other debater’s opinions, which all contributed to his successful performance in the interview. He even learned how to concisely but faithfully write the PT statement or make flexible judgments according to the detailed cases in the problem. He then participated at school studies to practice the interview, which helped him to not be nervous during the real interview. Lee admitted that he felt the pressure on his shoulders of serving in the public post, as he was studying the second and third examination subjects. He learned about issues where interests conflict, or matters that could lead to international conflict, and cases in which existing industries in decline go through hardships of life due to change in generations. He felt that only by learning in depth and building wisdom could he realize the common good without harming anyone. “Study firmly in your own style and do take care of your health at the change of the seasons!” said Lee as words of encouragement to future test-takers. While many people may ask Lee’s key to success, he confidently shared that his faith in himself was what kept him going even after failing the first exam in 2017 with a rather lower score compared to the passing grade. He studied with the belief that he could pass the exam if he supplemented the parts in which he was deficient in. Now facing the responsibility and duties ahead as a public official, Lee Jun-pyo stated his resolution. “I want to become a civil servant who actively approaches those in need of my help, from the humblest position.” Kim Hyun-soo firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon
The National Diplomat Candidate Test records a notorious competition rate of 33.6:1. Since the first recruitment in 2013, Hanyang University has not been able to announce any joyous news. However, this September, Kim Shin-bi (Department of Political Science and International Studies, '18) passed the final test and named herself as the first to pass the National Diplomat Test at Hanyang. Kim Shin-bi (Department of Political Science and International Studies, '18) became the first Hanyang student to pass the Diplomat Candidate Test. Q: First and foremost, congratulations on passing the test! How does it feel to become the first Hanyang student who pass the Diplomat Candidate Test? A: Happy and truly grateful for all the support I received! I also feel a lot of responsibility as the first Hanyangian for how well I perform, which could influence the perception of the next Hanyang applicants. Q: Why did you want to become a diplomat? A: I started having a vague dream of becoming a diplomat in high school when I was studying Korean-fusion music composition. I became interested in making Korea known to the world through music, then naturally, in the broader field of diplomacy. I wanted to become a person who could introduce Korea to the rest of the world. The applicants of the diplomat test need to pass four stages of various assessments. Because of the sheer amount of requirements one needs to be outstanding in, it takes on average about four years to pass the test. Kim said she started from knowing "literally nothing" in 2016, when she entered Hanyang University's Korea National Diplomatic Academy Class. She spent three years at Hanyang and other academies before achieving her goal. Q: What was your daily routine like during those three years? A: Students of the Hanyang class spend the majority of their time at the study room in the College of Social Sciences. At the time, I woke up at 8am and came back to sleep past 12am. This year, I tried to maintain the schedule of waking up at 6:40am and coming back at around 12 to 1am to sleep at 2am. Q: You passed the test after three years of studying, achieving a relatively early success. Are there any test tips you could share? A: There are three tests. First of all, you need a high score in English, a second language, and Korean history to be qualified to take the test. The first test is a written test on the constitution and Public Service Aptitude Test. Even if you are not fully ready, I recommend you to have a go at the first test and see how it goes. The second stage consists of five essay exams, which may seem overwhelming at first because they require ten pages of writing within two hours. Following the academy curriculum, and their years of know-hows, helped me get a sense of how to prepare for the test. The last test is a series of interviews, consisting of English group discussion, a situational interview, an individual presentation and interview. As for the third round, there is not much to worry about. It is known that, generally, the score from the second round determines the outcome, unless you were exceptionally good or bad. Kim shared her study routine and test tips and expressed gratitude to the Hanyang Diplomatic Academy Class, encouraging interested students to join the class. Kim said she gained much help from the Diplomatic Academy Class. The class was formed in 2013 and recruits new members every semester. Students need to submit a letter of self-introduction, meet certain qualification requirements, and take a trial examination and interview to become a member. Kim advised that, if you are new to the diplomat test, start from the Hanyang Diplomatic Academy Class where you will be able to gain the necessary information. Q: There are many benefits offered to students in the Diplomatic Academy Class. What were some of the most helpful benefits? A: It is not an exaggeration to say that I would not have passed the test without help from the class. One of the biggest concerns in enduring long-term study is the cost. The class offers expensive lectures, monthly trial tests, and study rooms for free. They even offer dormitory scholarships for dormitory residents and a food expense scholarship. Moreover, the passionate atmosphere played a crucial role in keeping up with the harsh schedule. For instance, everybody gets up early in the morning, so I couldn’t be the only one left behind. Click to visit Korea National Diplomatic Academy Class website Kim will be entering the Korea National Diplomatic Academy at the end of the year. After a 52-week training course, she will become a formal diplomat, making her dream come true on a wider and more global stage. Q: What kind of diplomat do you wish to become in the future? A: I’m interested in the protocol, which is related to being in charge of providing for the state guests. It will provide an excellent chance to promote Korea. I’m also interested in economic diplomacy because it is one of the most influential and crucial aspects for people. Q: Lastly, any word of encouragement to future Hanyang diplomats? A: It really is a battle with yourself. The worst part is knowing that hard work does not always bare a fruit, and the anxiety that all those years could become nothing in the end torments you. Although I have also seen many people who have changed their course of life after a few trials at the test, every one of them was able to find the right route for themselves, and they say the study does become useful somewhere. So I wish you could study believing that it will never be in vain. It’s a pain that nobody else can understand. Cheer up! You can make it! 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The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is one of the largest and most widely anticipated award programs where thousands of entries from various categories are submitted by designers and corporations across the globe every year. In the 2019 IDEA, it was announced on September 11th that Jang Ji-ho (College of Medicine, 2nd year) was a finalist in the product design category for designing an Active Intravenous Therapy (IV) Bag with an Internet of Things (IOT) Flow Detector. Jang Ji-ho (College of Medicine, 2nd year) is talking about his inspiration for designing medical products. In the event, Jang designed a low-cost alternative to IV bags. Intravenous infusions, commonly referred to as drips, is a therapy that delivers fluids into a vein. During treatments, which could go on for a few days or even years, patients need to be constantly supplied with liquids to receive nutrients and would drag around metal hangers with IV bags in hospitals. Compared to regular metal hangers, Jang’s wearable IV bag is shaped like a hat, which ensures a patient's mobility. Jang’s design also includes an inexpensive Flow Detector that measures the flow of the IV drip, preventing its blockage and can be used to monitor IVs in real time. Pictured above is the Active Intravenous Therapy (IV) Bag with an Internet of Things (IOT) Flow Detector design, which was submitted to the 2019 International Design Excellence Awards. (Photo courtesy of Jang) “In the United States, there is a device that is used by making direct contact with patients, which costs tens of millions of won ($8,354), but mine can be made for a few 10,000 won,” said Jang. “It works by measuring the changes in the refractive index of the drip.” Jang’s invention was also recognized by the 2019 James Dyson Award, an international design award that was hosted in 27 countries around the world and run by the James Dyson Foundation. This was not Jang’s first time creating innovative products. In 2017, he created a subscription platform that offers personalized vitamin supplement recommendations through analyzing data from regular medical checkups. Jang said he thought that the great data accumulated from these checkups could amount to more, instead of ending with obvious advice like “stop smoking.” Jang said he was interested in medical policies when he was studying to go to medical school. However, later on, he realized that medical policies go hand in hand with politics and, thus, require “smarter people.” Jang soon thought that he could make a real change in the field, instead of going up the ladder as a medical specialist or politician and create policies from the top-bottom. One way to achieve this was by creating things in the market, which led to him devising and planning for new medical products and services. Jang’s entrepreneurial spirit comes from a broad range of hobbies and interests. Although he should be focusing on his medical studies, Jang confessed that he enjoys a bit of light reading. “What I do in my free time is going to the medical college study room and reading analyst reports,” said Jang. “It is something that I really like. When I am reading these reports, I find a lot of things that I want to invest in.” Jang’s talents do not fall far from the tree. His father is a professor of engineering and his mother runs a business. Jang said both parents support his decision to pursue business and a medical career at the same time. He added that his business decisions and insights come from his mother. YouTube channel Medical TV (Photo courtesy of youtube.com) Jang also periodically appears on Medical TV, a YouTube channel that features medical students, to give advice to future medical students and answers questions by viewers. Not only does Jang offer insight into the lives of medical students to viewers, but he also donates all of his earnings from the channel to the Hanyang University Medical Center. He said that this was sort of giving back to others as he would also watch videos featuring his medical idols during his studies to get motivation. Jang shared that one person who led Jang to where he is today is Dr. Lee Gook-jong, the renowned head surgeon of a trauma center. “Although my path is slightly different than his, I believe that our hearts are in the same place: the will to innovate medical treatment for patients,” said Jang. “When I was in high school, I would watch videos about him and tear up as I studied. I would study with my eyes swollen. My goal is to work beside him or converse with him, sharing our insights if my company becomes bigger or our service is expanded or if I become a successful doctor.” Jang Ji-ho (College of Medicine, 2nd year), a finalist in the 2019 IDEA These days, Jang is about to launch a startup for a pharmaceutical platform with two other friends. Even with his extremely tightly packed schedule, Jang is not the type to back down. Jung Myung-suk firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon
Hanyang University student, Choi Ah-im (Department of Applied Music, vocal major 18) received the grand prize at the ‘KBS National Singing Contest’ in commemoration of the first anniversary of the 4·27 North-South Joint Statement held on April 23rd in the city of Paju, Gyunggi-do. Choi passed the 32 to 1 competition rate of the preliminary round and sang ‘raguyo (라구요)’ passionately during the final round. 65 teams out of the 485 who applied passed the 2nd preliminary round of 15 teams who stood on the final stage, culminating with Choi receiving the top prize after singing Kang San-ae's ‘raguyo.’ She did not expect to be rewarded, so it was a pleasant surprise for her. “I was satisfied that I had enjoyed the competition, unlike previous ones. I did not expect to be awarded since there were many excellent participants, but it is an honor that I made great memories and received a huge award,” stated Choi. ▲ Choi Ah-im (student in the Department of Applied Music 18) received the grand prize in the KBS National Singing Contest after passionately singing ‘raguyo (라구요)’. The process from the preliminary rounds to the final round recall the ‘National Singing Contest’ episode from the drama, ‘Reply 1988.’ Choi felt the same vividness and fun as in the drama. It was more of a harmonious place that everyone, regardless of their generation, enjoyed, rather than as a competition. It was a place where they respectively emitted their talents and gathered together as one community to enjoy music. Choi enjoyed the long waiting time thanks to the stages prepared by other participants and the witty eloquence of the judges. She said, “I saw the performances of other participants as I was waiting for my turn, and everyone seemed happy. I tried to enjoy the experience as well, as it was difficult to feel the value of that moment if you only value the greed of prize money or the award.” Choi introduced her grandmother as a fan of the National Singing Contest who watches the show live on a weekly basis. She chose to participate as soon as she received the news that the National Singing Contest would be held in Paju-si, to make her grandmother happy. With the passion to prepare a meaningful stage in line with her aim, she chose Kang San-ae's ‘raguyo (라구요)’. There is a passage where you can peek at the musical aspect in her. “I selected Kang San-ae's ‘raguyo,’ which deals with the pain of separated families in the hopes of reunification. I practiced at the school practice room whenever I had time and inside my father’s moving car.” All the family members were delighted at the unexpected award. Choi brought the grand prize medal to her grandmother who was overjoyed. Choi Ah-im, the grand prize winner of the competition, stated that she joined for someone else. She made the big decision to donate all the prize money. She wanted to spend the prize money to help those in need within the region, with the thought of her father who works in the public office for the development of Paju-si. The prize money was donated for the needy through the Community Chest of Korea. The word, ‘competition’ makes us intense. The ambition for results deepens as fierce as we have become. But isn’t the moment itself more important than the result? Through this experience, Choi earned, not honor nor prize money, but a happy experience. She contributed to, not just her own growth, but to the development of community. What kind of singer would Choi dream of. She let us know that she wants to not stop after the National Singing Contest but gradually grow through this experience. She added, “I want to be a strong singer who can sing good music for a long while, and be the consolation or support that those who are exhausted can rely on.” ▲ Choi Ah-im appeared in the 1,945th KBS National Singing Contest (Gyunggi-do, Paju-si edition) (Photo courtesy of the KBS National Singing Contest official site) ** The broadcast in which Choi Ah-im made an appearance can be replayed through the KBS National Singing Contest official site. (Link / from 23 minute) *This content was published after a partial revision of the interview from the ERICA campus magazine, ‘HY ERICA’ 2019 Fall Edition.
The number of followers for the Hanyang University ERICA Campus' official Facebook page has increased from around 400 in 2018 to 4,700 as of now. At the center of the surge of followers is the character, ‘Hanyangi.’ We had a sit-down chat with designer and creator of Hanyangi, Cho Deuk-lae (Department of Techono-product Design 11). Hanyangi is a Hanyang University mascot that every Hanyangian must have run across at least once. It caught popularity as the representative emoticon of Hanyang University's ERICA Campus. The ERICA Campus' official Facebook account held a competition to mimic the Hanyangi drawing, and students inserted Hanyangi into their presentation materials. ▲ A photo of Hanyang University's ERICA Campus character, 'Hanyangi' (Photo courtesy of ERICA Campus Office of External Affairs and Development) There were several efforts before Cho to try to create an emoticon to represent the school. Professors, graduate students, and companies put their efforts into the act but did not gain much popularity. The developed emoticons were difficult to transform their shapes, as the features and lines were complex. Cho transformed the HY-lion character to design a simpler figure. The character was formed in an easy manner, in a way that could still bring out its funny charm. He received an outsourcing request from the school, and the original design was released a month after March of 2017, when manufacturing of Hanyangi began. Initially, Cho hoped that the school would lead a channel that could narrow down the gap with students. A mascot takes up a big role in making students feel more familiar to the SNS page. He anticipated that Hanyangi could act as a mascot, seeing from the positive reactions. Cho himself walked into the Office of External Affairs and Development and suggested that he create a promotion team for the ERICA Facebook page, which was not managed well at the time. The school responded by telling him to gather the members of his promotion team. ▲ Cho Deuk-lae (Department of Techono-product Design 11) alumnus said, "For the span of a character to last a long time, it must be easily drawn by others." Building a character to make it a mascot was not easy. Cho said, “It was work to realize one complete character, including internet tone and character personality settings.” He also mentioned that the process was a continuity of difficulty, as various content had to be created utilizing the character. “I developed the original design of Hanyangi, but all members of the SNS promotion team built the character together afterwards,” said Cho, giving credit to his teammates. In truth, Hanyangi gained the most awareness in 2018, the year that the SNS promotion team was assembled. ▲ A cartoon scene published on the ERICA Campus Facebook page. Hanyangi is utilized freely beyond its use as a campus emoticon. (Photo courtesy of the ERICA Campus Office of External Affairs and Development) “It is my hope that any student would feel close to the character and use them.” Cho was intending to yield all licenses regarding the character to Hanyang University from the very initial stage of Hanyangi development. He merely laid down a condition of maintaining it open source, so that students could access them freely. Hanyangi is accessible during inside and outside school promotion, club activities, or academic use without a separate copyright mark. However, its use for the purpose of slandering the school is prohibited. “Students are free to modify its form in diverse ways to express their emotions,” said alumnus Cho.
There is a student who wrote two books during his college years and is on a road to writing many more based upon his expertise. Meet Park Jong-hyeon (Department of Life Science, 4th year), an undergraduate at Hanyang University and the author of Writing Life Science in a Simple Way, a book which serves as much knowledge as it can convey on the difficult discipline of life science in simple wordings. Fresh Water Story of a Water Drop was the first book written by Park and was published in 2013 when he was still in high school. He ran an online community in which he wrote many articles that deliver useful biological information to his community members. He wrote about how to raise organisms and was asked by the Biological Research Information Center (BRIC) to write a column that would later become his first book. Park Jong-hyeon (Department of Life Science, 4th year) shares his passion for sharing knowledge of life science to the public. He started writing his second book during his second year at Hanyang. He had done many activities in the form of talent or education donation, including science education volunteer work that was funded by the Ministry of Education. He had to explain science concepts in detail during these volunteer jobs, which solidified the basis for him to transfer spoken descriptions into written work later when writing a book. He mostly used the summer and winter breaks to jot something down. It took a total of four years to complete Writing Life Science in a Simple Way, which was published in February of this year. He picked the possibility of delivering erroneous information in his book as the part that concerned him the most. This was driven by the incident when one of his several columns was uploaded on Naver with faulty information. After such a mistake, he was determined to deliver only proven facts in his book, and he read all related readings three to four months prior to the date of publication to confirm that was the case. Other than that, he always deliberated on how to attract the public and to make sure people easily understood his book. The cover of Writing Life Science in a Simple Way (Photo courtesy of Park) Writing Life Science in a Simple Way covers a wide range of science knowledge in a concise manner. “Students who dream of becoming a scientist will surely find this book helpful,” said Park. He targeted teenagers, and included in his book sections regarding high school life science subject one and two, the story of dinosaurs, bioethanol, state of the art technology related to life science, and newly discovered facts on organisms. Textbooks tend to only recite facts, whereas Park tried to weave daily phenomena into life science. You can also obtain insight into the author’s opinion regarding ethical issues of controversial topics like clone technology, gene manipulation, genetically modified organism and more. A new book is to be published around next summer, containing general explanations of science and its impact on society. It will also accommodate content about the ambiguity of science, such as how nuclear energy can produce electricity at a cheap price, and yet the aftereffect of atom bombs still stays intact today. Park plans on going to graduate school and studying science journalism or science communicology, which combines two things he loves: science and writing. Park recommends to those who major in science related fields--to stay away from restricting oneself to one subject but to try various things. “My goal is to reach as far as I can go. Write a book. Go to graduate school, and maybe one day, I’ll naturally become someone distinct. My motto is to be diligent right this moment,” said Park. Kim Hyun-soo email@example.com Photos by Kim Ju-eun
Professor Yi Sang-wook (Department of Philosophy) gave a lecture on "The Unknown Story of Geniuses" on the Distinguishing Class (차이나는 클라스) show on JTBC which premiered on June 5th. Yi explained the prejudices in science and of scientifically important figures, and accentuated the importance of learning the philosophy of science in order to prevent such blind faith. Professor Yi Sang-wook (Department of Philosophy) is explaining the key ideas in his lecture on the JTBC show Distinguishing Class (차이나는 클라스). Distinguishing Class suggested that the lecture be based on Yi’s book Science Calls This Imagination, published earlier this year. As his final statements on the show, Yi encouraged students to study the philosophy of science. He added during the interview that it is important to make wise decisions based on media literacy, which is the ability to decode the various forms of media autonomously, especially in our modern society which is overflowing with information. He argued that the ability to understand, criticize, and oversee society, as a participating citizen, is crucial in the 21st century. He added that the mandatory elective course at Hanyang University named “Philosophical Understanding of Science Technology” was created for this purpose, to foster civic literacy. Piles of books were stacked in the office, clearly showing Yi's passion for them. Yi has experiences of giving lectures to students from science high schools, and he pointed out that many students view only the renowned scientists as making important discoveries, based on the elitism that they had grown accustomed to. He argued, “Science is fundamentally a social activity.” Not even a genius scientist can influence a large chunk of science, but many small contributions from unknown scientists lead up to the discovery of an innovative scientist that lead human civilization. Yi says he loves the family-like atmosphere of the Department of Philosophy, especially the rolling papers his students prepare for him every year. Yi originally majored in and had a master’s degree in Physics. His doctoral degree of Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science was a slight change of direction, although he himself does not think so. He stated that until the 19th to early 20th century, physics handled science philosophy, as Heinrich Rudolf Hertz's books introduced contents such as how physics sees the world. Physics research processes were very labor-oriented and repetitive, whereas he found himself well-suited to philosophy, since he liked to explore the fundamental questions of life. Yi stated his wishes to write more books in the near future. He has also been acting as a member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) since last year, and he has been engaging in creating the declaration of ethics in regard to artificial intelligence. He has come to realize the necessity of international cooperation in changing the world, and the efforts required to actually have an impact on global society, through working at the United Nations. Kim Hyun-soo firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Kim Joo-eun
The 12th Cheong-poong Judo Competition was held for five days from May 1st to May 5th. At one of the largest judo competitions in Korea, along with the Jeju-cup and Suncheonman-cup, Cho Young-hak (Department of Physical Education, 4th year), the captain of the Hanyang Judo team, managed to produce an outstanding result by winning the silver medal in the 81 kg class individual division. Cheong-poong Judo Competition Cheong-poong Judo Competition is one of the largest judo competitions in Korea both in its size and reputation. Having first started in 2008 as Cheong-poong National Judo Competition, targeting elementary, middle, and high school students only, it was in 2015 that the competition was extended beyond students to include assortments of all classes. Except for in 2011 and 2012, the competition has been held in Cheongju due to the reputation of the area within South Korean judo. Second from left, Cho Young-hak (Department of Physical Education, 4th year) has won the silver medal in the Cheong-poong Judo Competition 81 kg class individual division. (Photo Courtesy of Cho) 260 teams (1,843 individuals) for the individual division and 130 teams (980 individuals) for the team events participated in this year’s competition. An additional 180 individuals were also present for the university club division, bringing the total to 3003 participants for this year’s competition. Cho managed to make it to the finals, having successive victories since the round of 32. During the finals, Cho gave away half the points to his opponent, with 40 seconds remaining. “Not having enough rest after the semi-finals, I think that fatigue was the main reason behind my loss. Still, it was a nice experience, and I will prepare more for other competitions,” stated Cho. Captain of the Hanyang team First starting judo during his second year in elementary school, Cho managed to win his first medal a year later. It was this medal that solidified Cho’s interest in the sport and led him to this point. Now being the captain of Hanyang Judo Team, Cho showed his passion for judo. Despite his success in the Cheong-poong competition, rather than showing satisfaction, Cho stated how he felt his shortages through the tournament and how he was inspired to train even harder. He also added that he will prepare well for upcoming competitions in the future, having the goal of joining a business team or the Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps after graduation. Being the captain of Hanyang Judo Team, Cho showed his dedication toward preparing himself and his teammates for future competitions. (Photo Courtesy of Cho) Cho also asked for more interest in and support for the school team. He explained that “Only two players were admitted to Hanyang per year, yet even this recruitment has stopped, leaving only the six current members. With us all being in different weight classes, it is difficult for us to practice with only each other. A more supportive environment for training would be a great help to the team." Despite the small number, Cho and his team members have shown great results. According to Cho, judo is a stepping stone towards his next life. Having guided the Hanyang Judo team well, the anticipation towards future competitions is high for both Cho and his teammates. Choi Seo-yong email@example.com
With industries' increasing interest in programming, the number of individuals and professionals who pursue further study in the field has significantly increased. However, in the time before programming and coding became so popular, it was difficult to read and recognize codes due to their complexity. Lee Young-soo (Department of Computer Science, 4th year) was a young man interested in programming who felt the same inconvenience and tried to look for various programs that increased the readability of codes. He found that none that were satisfying, and as a result, decided to make his own. This is how he first created Color Scripter, a beloved coding program, at the age of 16 as a middle schooler. Lee Young-soo (Department of Computer Science, 4th year) made his first program Color Scripter when he was 16. What is Color Scripter? Color Scripter is a program that enhances the readability of codes on the Web by changing codes’ colors. Approximately 500 to 600 users utilize this program daily, and more than 100 languages and themes created by users are registered on the website. This program is specialized in Korea as a platform that simplifies the process of code posting, specifically in Naver blogs. There are diverse languages in programming, and it was extremely burdensome to accommodate all the languages that users require, so Lee decided to open the ‘Extended Store (확장스토어)’ service that allows users to spontaneously upload their own languages and themes to share. Users can spontaneously make their own language packages or styles through the 'Extended Store (확장스토어)' (Photo courtesy of Color Scripter website) When and why did you start an individual project? “I started programming when I was in 5th grade in elementary school. It started as a hobby, but as I spent more time on it, I was determined to pursue programming as a career path,” said Lee. The earliest version of Color Scripter was invented when Lee was in the 3rd grade of middle school. He made the program for his own convenience at first. However, as Lee shared his codes coated with Color Scripter in his blog, other users began to recognize the usefulness of the program and started using it. The number of users increased considerably, and Lee felt responsibility to run a website for the convenience of others. “It left a certain mark when users used Color Scripter and added a viral effect as well. I first started this project for my own good, but as many people were using my program, I felt a sense of pride and the necessity to run the website and constantly update the program,” recalled Lee. As Color Scripter was simply an individual project, Lee felt no burden or discomfort when running the website. This is because if the purpose of the program was to earn a profit, Lee would feel great responsibility and deal with users’ complaints; however, Lee actively notifies users that Color Scripter is just a hobby for him, and that is why the program is serviced for free, and all of its users are aware. However, when it comes to the website's operating expenses, Lee has to spend his own money. As an ordinary university student, Lee faced a financial burden. “At first, I tried to cover all the operating expenses by myself, but as time went on, it became more and more burdensome. I confessed to the users that I was facing such an issue, and that I had to open a sponsorship section. I did not expect so much monetary assistance in the beginning, but I actually received money three days after I opened the section. I felt a great sense of humanity that day,” smiled Lee. After Lee opened the sponsorship section, he no longer had to spend his own money to cover the operating expenses. Lee picks the opening of the sponsorship section as the most meaningful experience that not only resolved his financial burden of website operating expenses, but also made him feel a sense of humanity. What is your future plan? According to Lee, “Some people tell me to start charging for use of the program, but I have no plans at all of doing so. I believe it is a better and worthwhile experience to run a website with sponsorship from my users. I want the self-consistent ecosystem within Color Scripter where users’ needs are satisfied by themselves. Color Scripter has its special meaning that has grown with me and served me with good memories.” Lee has not yet decided on a specific career path since he is still finding out what he truly wants to do. Many acquaintances recommended he launch a start-up business, but he wants more preparation and is waiting for a definite item that will be profitable. Color Scripter has a special meaning in that it grew with him and provided him with many good memories. Since Color Scripter was first made when he was young, it lacked organization. As he entered Hanyang University, he was able to notice numerous successful examples of well-organized programs and acquire knowledge that he usefully applied to his program. “I started this project all by myself. I just want to say that if you look around at your friends, they all are experts in certain areas and may have a common interest. I hope other students experience success in team projects. If I had the chance, I would have definitely tried with my friends,” concluded Lee. Kim Min-jae firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Kim Joo-eun
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