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"Let's explore ANGELUS, a group of ERICA students that love music more than any others." Q. What kind of a group is ANGELUS? A. ANGELUS means The Sound of the Heavens. It is an inter-university amateur orchestra under the Office of Student Affairs, where students who love music are gathered. Place of birth, age, gender, and living environments of the students are different, but they are still becoming one in the name of music, creating one beautiful voice. Q. If it's an orchestra, it seems that the major activities would be playing instruments. Is that correct? A. There are annual concerts held every March and September for outdoor activities. There are other small activities meant to build friendships among the students, such as a founding celebration and other small concerts. Moreover, the ANGELUS orchestra is closely connected with other universities. To help the concerts of other universities, we participate in others' concerts as guest members and also invite guest members from other schools as well. Other than that, we also participate actively in events such as support concerts for the Office of Student Affairs, the Ansan Flashmob Concert, tutoring the Haeyang Middle School Orchestra, and other events within the school. Q. How is ANGELUS constructed? A. There is an executive branch that takes care of overall administration work. Orche-group takes care of orchestra activities, and acts an advisory group that seeks to help or take on the role of middle man for a better operation of the orchestra. The executive branch mainly deals with administrative work, concerts and events, accounting, and student management. Orche-group is composed of section leaders that aim to make the best ensembles by directing the ensembles, delivering music scores, and taking care of each member's part. The instruments can be changed according to the members, but generally, in the string section there are violins, violas, cellos, contrabasses, and in the woodwind section there are flutes, clarinets, oboes, trumpets, trombones, and horns. Q. Since it is a group playing instruments, do you need to have basic playing skills? A. More than the skills of playing the instruments, the desire to play the instruments is more vital. Some people even started reading musical notes for the first time in their lives after entering ANGELUS. But they were full of passion for learning how to play the instruments, and all members gave great help. In the end, we were able to create beautiful sounds together. Q. How do you prepare for concerts? A. Dividing the year into two parts, we select which songs to play at a meeting. Usually, we select 1 or 2 overtures and a concerto to play in the first half of the concert select a symphony for the second half, and choose an encore song for the end of the concert. Taking the last concert as an example, we prepared Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Mendelssohn's Final's Cave for the first half, and Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 for the second half. For the encore song, we prepared James Bond 007 in an orchestra version. Once the songs are selected, we start the ensemble. It is usually done once a week, about two and a half hours to three hours, excluding two weeks during exam periods. Once vacation starts after the semester ends, we start focusing more on the ensemble. The director comes every week to lead the ensemble, and we increase the number of practices to twice a week. Once the semester starts again, we practice almost daily, or every other day, to prepare for the upcoming concert. We usually hold the concert within two or three weeks of the start of the semester. Q. When does ANGELUS recruit new members? A. We are not able to have active events due to COVID-19 for now, but we are always recruiting members. Usually, registration can be done by contacting the president or vice-president, or through the Facebook page. It is also okay to visit the orchestra room directly. Also, we open a recruitment booth every March and September, so please visit if you have any interest. Global News Team email@example.com Translation by: Lee Won-young
▲ The 16th Hanyang Culture Supporters Q. Please introduce Hanyang Culture Supporters to us. A. Hanyang Culture Supporters is an official organization affiliated with the Student Administration that plans, supervises, and hosts several cultural events in order to create ERICA campus’ very own specialized culture. We help the students to stay energized by hosting various events every Wednesday, a day of the week that many students can agree is like a "slump day" for them. Through these events, we help the students stay more energized so that they can devote themselves to their studies throughout the entire week. We are always working hard to make sure that the students of ERICA Campus are enjoying a happy campus life. Q. What kind of events have you hosted so far? A. For each festival season, we always host a variety of events for the students to enjoy. In 2018, we hosted an environmental campaign titled "We are Green Hanyang Culture" in order to create a culture of environmental awareness specifically for Hanyang University. For this campaign, we handed out free drinks to the students who brought their own empty bottles, and we also entertained an environmental mock test and handed out prizes to those who scored well. In 2019, we also hosted a "Subjective Travel Journal" event as the last event of the year. During this event, the students chose where they wanted to go and after filling out an Arrival Card, the students were able to experience what it would be like to travel the world through VR technology. ▲ A photo from the "We are Green Hanyang Culture" event Q. How can students participate in the events hosted by Hanyang Culture Supporters? A.The events are held once or twice a month, on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 pm in front of Democracy Square. This event only exists at the ERICA campus, and is a valuable time reserved and created by Hanyang Culture Love so that the students can participate in our events with ease. So, we hope that students will be able to participate and create their own precious university life memories by coming to Democracy Square on Wednesdays at 1 pm. Q. What kind of processes does the organization go through before hosting an event? A. The Organization of Hanyang Culture Love consists of the Management Team, the Planning Department, the Operations Department, and the External Cooperation Team. Before hosting an event, we have periodic meetings with the Student Administration so that we can prepare for our events that can be symbolized as something special for the Hanyang University students. We then have regular meetings one month before an event to decide on a concept and to thoroughly plan for it. We then create posters and prepare advertisements to publicize the event on social media, and we also conduct rehearsals all together a day before the event. We are always trying our best to make sure that we will conduct something that makes the students at ERICA campus happy. Q. When do you feel taking part in Hanyang Culture Supporters is rewarding? A. Among the students who have participated in our events, there have been many who have posted pictures of themselves or the prizes that they received on their personal social media accounts. When I saw how much the students have enjoyed our events, I was able to feel fulfilled and happy. Q. How can students apply to join Hanyang Culture Supporters? A. Hanyang Culture Supporters is a student body that is run by Sophomore students for an entire year. Our application period is open during the second half of the year for students who are becoming sophomores the following year, regardless of their admissions year number. If there are any students who would like to take part in Hanyang Culture Supporters from the year 2021, you can get to know us better through our various events in 2020 and join us as the 17th members later this year! Q. What should one be aware of when applying to Hanyang Culture Supporters? A. Hanyang Culture Supporters always welcomes students who have a sense of responsibility, are sincere, and honest. In order to host the events every month, we have regular meetings every week and each member of the organization must work on and finish their tasks with sincerity in order for our events to run smoothly. But even if you feel that you are not competent in those fields, as long as you are a student who loves Hanyang University and is willing to have an active school life, anyone can join Hanyang Culture Supporters. Global News Team firstname.lastname@example.org
'Love, Hanyang,' the promotional ambassador group of Hanyang University ERICA has shown love to Hanyang. Let's take a look at the miracles they've created in the midst of a difficulty cuase by COVID-19 crisis. Q. We have invited 'Love, Hanyang,' who worked hard to collect donations to help overcome COVID-19. How did you start this donation event? A : Due to the sudden spread of COVID-19, we were disappointed that we couldn’t proceed with the activities that we had prepared. We thought about what we could do to help overcome COVID-19 and came up with the idea of starting a donation drive. We selected organizations fairly and carefully, hoping that the donations would be used in a timely manner, and asked various institutions to promote the drive to many students from Hanyang University ERICA. Also, for transparent financial management, the ambassadors did not lose their tension during the week-long fundraising period by organizing and disclosing the deposit details every day. We were proud that we could carry out the 'Love in Deed and Truth', which is part of the school’s philosophy, and it was an honor for Love, Hanyang to lead the event. In the beginning, it was a bit stressful to start fundraising as a school representative, but thanks to all the Hanyang family members that participated, it was better than expected. Q. What does the university ambassador Love, Hanyang do exactly? A : Love, Hanyang is the official ambassador of Hanyang University ERICA’s Admission Team, and works to promote our school both on- and off-campus. In this year, nine students are participating as 15th member of Love, Hanyang. Love, Hanyang is communicating with many middle and high school students through campus tours, HY-LIGHT (a high school student college tour program), frequent admission fairs at Coex, and local high school visitations to promote Hanyang University ERICA. Moreover, we carry out protocols during official school and student events to communication with our students. In addition, Love, Hanyang is a model for school promotional magazines, newsletters, and promotional videos as a representative body of the university. Q. Please tell us about the pride of Hanyang University ERICA that Love, Hanyang loves. A : Hanyang University ERICA, which is known as a university-industry cluster, operates IC-PBL, an independent and creative education model inside all divisions in our university. IC-PBL is a learner-centered class that builds self-directed problem-solving skills in conjunction with businesses. From this, students can solve problems that can occur on real business sites by themselves. Furthermore, we are actively supporting student startups. In order for all students interested in startups to experience them, we are operating startup lectures as basic mandatory classes and liberal arts classes which allow students to gain basic startup knowledge. As a result, Hanyang University ERICA has a strong startup establishment rate every year with high student participation, as it supports startup clubs with production costs, marketing, promotion costs, offices, and meeting rooms. Q. What skills are needed in Love, Hanyang? A : Love, Hanyang considers love for school an important factor as it is an ambassador group that represents Hanyang University ERICA students. It is helpful for promotional activities if one knows a lot about the university along with caring a lot about it. Also, there are a lot of situations where presentations or communications are needed in places with a lot of people or with middle and high school students, faculty, parents, and people from outside. So, we think a friendly attitude is also an important asset. Lastly, a strong sense of responsibility is required for the team to perform each of the tasks faithfully. Those of you who have passion and a sense of responsibility for Hanyang University should appeal to what you are confident in while filling out the application form and preparing for an interview. Q. Finally, is there anything you want to say to the freshmen class of '20? A : Dear freshmen class of '20, you’ve done a great job surviving the tough exam years and coming to Hanyang University ERICA. With COVID-19, we are concerned that you cannot fully enjoy life on-campus that you would have dreamed of. We, Love, Hanyang, also can’t wait to see you on the blooming campus after this chaotic time passes. You can all do anything you want and become anyone you want to be. Do not doubt your abilities, and we hope you build a variety of experiences and precious memories over the course of four years. Please show a lot of love and attention to Love, Hanyang, and we will be rooting for you to show everything you’ve dreamed of at Hanyang University ERICA! Global News Team email@example.com
The job market is becoming fiercer every day. Now it is time to compete with special experiences that nobody has. Here are individuals who have made their own stories from the field experiences of internship programs. These individuals are having their achievements acknowledged during their internship periods: Lee Yeong-ho (Division of Electrical Engineering Class of `13) and Kim Hyeon-seo (Department of Industrial Management Engineering Class of `14) got the Best Internship Award from Hyosung Power & Industrial Systems R&D Center and Ryu Tae-yeong (Department of Marine Science and Convergence Engineering Class of `15) received an award from Korea Rural Community Corporation. We met the three who got to have a big certainty through field experiences and awards. Q1. Your achievements were acknowledged by the corporations you worked in. How do you feel? Lee Yeong-ho (Electrical Engineering `13): I was not thinking of getting the award and did not expect it as well. I appreciate the award although there were people who were more hardworking than I am. Kim Hyeon-seo (Industrial Management Engineering `14): I did not expect the award. I guess the corporation had a good image of me as I tried my best until the end despite I found it hard to adapt in the beginning. Ryu Tae-yeong (Marine Science and Convergence Engineering `15): It is all thanks to Professor Shiin Seong-won who suggested the internship in the first place. I am happy about this but I also wonder if I am qualified for this award. Q2. What made you do an internship and with what criteria did you choose corporations? Lee Yeong-ho: After being a senior and started writing letters of self-introduction for job-seeking, I realized that I lack special experiences or stories, from the perspective of corporations. As I decided to have some field experiences before joining a company, I applied for the job sectors I was interested in. Electrical Engineering that I was interested in was the nearest to Hyosung Power & Industrial Systems R&D Center. Kim Hyeon-seo: Among my coursemates, there was a friend who did an internship at Hyosung. After listening to the story, my passion for the internship got bigger. In the phases of application, my friend actually cheered me a lot and gave me a lot of tips for application and interview. Ryu Tae-yeong: My professor recommended me for an internship. Although there were many other corporations other than the Korea Rural Community Corporation, I thought the work there would fit me best. The field is close to my subjects of interest and as the job is active, mainly science experiments, it fits well with my personality that cannot stay motionless. Ryu Tae-yeong received an award from the Korea Rural Community Corporation. Q3. Tell us about the department you worked in and your main tasks. Lee Yeong-ho: I was in the DC Grid team of Hyosung. It researches values to commercialize in the future industrial market and proves that the corporation has such technologies. We cooperated not only with research labs in many universities but also with other corporations. During undergraduate years, I just checked whether something works with a software tool, but I was able to experience the production and inventory. It is a process of making hardware. As I was interested in this sector, it became a meaningful experience. Kim Hyeon-seo: I was in the Technology Management team of Hyosung. It manages and plans research tasks, which are the most valued in the research lab. We not only value, manage, check, and pre-investigate the progress of tasks, but also deliver research tasks through contacting other companies and cooperating with universities. It is the center of the research lab. Through Hyosung’s original system, research tasks are under control. Ryu Tae-yeong: Korea Rural Community Corporation has the largest experiment lab in the East. A representative task is the Saemangeum Embankment project. We had a mock experiment under the request for repair. When my manager told me how to conduct the experiment, I did the experiment and delivered the result to researchers. They analyzed the results and numbers and students conducted experiments with technicians. Q4. What did you learn through the internship? Lee Yeong-ho: I tried to approach to elder seniors. Plus, I was able to experience the process - how works are done in a company. I also learned how to behave in different situations as it is my first time doing the job. My undergraduate knowledge was a background knowledge but active works, in the beginning, were hard. After I adapted to the atmosphere, it fits my interests and I could feel some joy while testing the products. It was attractive that the lab not only does tests and experiments but also has other business works such as meeting with other companies, meaning that there were various works. Kim Hyeon-seo: I learned a lot about interpersonal relationships. I approached my team members by asking for help and asking if there is anything to help because I have to work for a long time in the team. By using programs such as Excel and Powerpoint, my productivity and working capacity were increased. At first, I was astonished because of simple tasks but I tried my best to use my maximum capacity in parts that I can do. I even suggested a project to them. I guess I received the award since it worked out well. Ryu Tae-yeong: If you have set your goals firmly, working in the relevant field and company will be a great help for you when preparing for the job and after you get the job. I could learn professional knowledge from field experts, not from education in schools. This made a difference between me and competitors. Probably, an internship is an experience of social lives. Living a social life is not an easy thing but there surely will be someone to help you when you do your best by yourself. Those people are reliable people when you have hardships. Q5. Share us some words and tips for students preparing for an internship. Lee Yeong-ho: Many students are hesitant about an internship. They might take short-term internships into consideration when a long-term internship is burdensome. In the case of people who do not realize the situation of the current job market, experiences from an internship will raise your own value and make yourself to see your future path clearly. In selecting candidates by examining personal career papers, I think emphasizing my undergraduate lab internship and my organization-friendly personality meant a lot. Kim Hyeon-seo: Hanyang’s internship program is well-established and there is even a building for it. It is good to visit the center. You can get counseling and data about companies. I recommend you to get advice from friends who have done an internship. However, first of all, I strongly recommend you to apply for an internship when you feel the necessity for an internship by yourself so that you want to work in the actual field. Further, I tried to show my passion for the field of interest by pointing out my experiences of helping my professor during the undergraduate years in the resume and in the interview, I emphasized my ability to adapt to any environment. Ryu Tae-yeong: My professor who recommended me the internship have said what is more important than my GPA is ‘an attitude to work hard, without using tricks’. It is important to look up information about internships by yourself. When preparing for the internship, I stressed that I have a lot of interests since my major is relevant to the company’s main field. It became good merit to study in this department because works in the Korea Rural Community Corporation can be hard when they do not go along with your interest. In interviews, if you show a will to work hard with confidence, you can pass the process, so please try first of all without hesitating. Q6. What are your future plans and dreams? Lee Yeong-ho: I am preparing to get into a company with a job that I desire. I want to find work where I can show my true qualities. I hope that trying my best on the given work would help the society also. Kim Hyeon-seo: I am feeling pride in the fact that now there are many stories that I can tell after going through the field experience. I would like to work at a company where I can use my full qualities. Ryu Tae-yeong: I thought that it would be difficult before, but through this experience, I now have confidence that I will be able to get a job that fits my major 100%. This became an opportunity for me to decide to study harder. Hanyang University's field experience program, 'HY-WEB', provides students with the field experience related to one's major and an opportunity to search on one's career. Students who participate in the program go through short·long term training processes at a government organization, company, laboratory or nonprofit organization, which are organizations that fit the field experience requirements provided by the Ministry of Education, and are registered at the Center for Academic Placement Support. It is expected to give students the chance to improve their abilities regarding their majors through a clear selection of careers and various experiences, also enhancing their executive abilities in the end. The process is usually done through first submitting the documents through the website, holding interviews at each company, and making a final selection at the end. Global News Team firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim So-yeon (Division of International Studies, senior) and Hong Do-won (Korea University, senior) published a book for students preparing for life as an exchange student titled Europe, Exchange Student: Between Beer and Tea. The book deals with a wide range of areas starting from preparing to be an exchange student to what it is like to live around the local area. The book contains detailed information on life in the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as traveling to Europe, which is also useful to those planning of staying in Europe for a month or so. When the term 'exchange student' is searched for on a search engine, a vast amount of advice appears, starting from the application process to packing tips. Kim came up with the idea of the book, thinking that it would be helpful if there was someone that could gather this information and organize it all together. To Kim, the exchange student experience from last fall of 2018 was her first time living abroad. The information that she needed was neither the price nor the departure process, but on the culture and life of the people around the local area. Kim described the vagueness that she felt about living abroad, mentioning that "people post much information on personal blogs about preparing to be an exchange student, but not so much after leaving Korea." ▲ Kim So-yeon (Division of International Studies, senior) published a book on being an exchange student in the United Kingdom and Germany through crowdfunding. The funding reached more than 3 times its original goal. Kim started writing the book as soon as she began leaving as an exchange student. The hardships and new information that she faced were immediately recorded in the writing, which added specificity to the book. She also collected information on other areas of Europe, which she gained through traveling around the area herself. Kim stated that she "tried to include information that can be both applied to the United Kingdom and Germany," such as in, "how to buy products online when there is no supermarket around." Kim finished the first draft of the book last September, and, in the following month, a contract with a designer was made. While she was originally planning on only publishing an E-Book, she changed her plans after the recommendation from a designer who also worked as a one-person publisher. Because there is a fixed number of minimum prints, printing paperbacks comes with cost and risks. Kim explained that she "conducted crowdfunding simply to meet the printing cost, regardless of any extra profit." ▲ Europe, Exchange Student: Between Beer and Tea is currently going through a second edition editing. Following sales on paperback and E-Book will be made through Aladin. (Provided by Kim So-yeon) Publishing paperback books does not stop on writing the book itself, including processes such as sales, delivery management, and marketing. For example, many thoughts were required when deciding the goods that come along with the crowdfunding rewards. Kim and her co-writer planned for a coin purse and a shopping bag that would come in handy when living in Europe, but after considering the minimum number of quantity of the customized products, they changed it to cups and postcards. Due to the characteristics of crowdfunding, the funding initiator has to make packages and deliver the products directly, not through signing a contract with an outside shipping company. This makes it difficult for them to track the delivery processes and costs. Kim mentioned that "there were some number of cases where the books were lost during the delivery process and sent again because we were not able to find them." Reactions from those who received the book were very positive. On a social network platform, many reviews followed, such as "it helped me greatly on reducing unnecessary packages." It reached the original goal starting from the first day of crowdfunding, reaching 309% of the accumulated amount of money by the end date. "I give thanks to my parents, the friends around me who offered help, the Office of International Affairs of Hanyang University, and all of the readers," mentioned Kim. She also added that "it would have been better if I had had more insights on the marketing." The book, Europe, Exchange Student: Between Beer and Tea is currently going through a revision after its first edition and will soon be seen as an E-Book on Aladin. Global News Team Translated by: Lee Wonyoung email@example.com
On September 25th, the campus was full of heat coming from the festival site. On one side of the Administration Building, a rather serious atmosphere was captured in contrast to the festive mood, as the ‘environment supporters’ was launched with the starting ceremony. The month of supporter students went by in no time, as they wore ‘PLASTIC FREE CAMPUS’ t-shirts and handed out tumblers to proceed with the environmental movement. Over a month has passed since its establishment, and we now have the opportunity to hear from the supporter students themselves. ▲Starting ceremony of environment supporters lasted until September 25th ▲ At the launching ceremony, President Kim Woo-seung explains the importance and role of environmental supporters. ▲ Members of the Environmental Supporters delivered their opinions on the environmental movement to the president and the student body at the launching ceremony. 1. Background on the creation of supporters Students who were interested in environmental issues from the ‘Major in Social Innovation’ gathered to launch an official organization. Two students who were taking the Changemaker's class this semester were working on a team project regarding the classroom environment, and we thought about continuing with the activity as we felt a sense of insufficiency to be limited to class. I think the gathering of friends who share the same intention created a more meaningful organization. 2. Reason for the existence of environment supporters It serves as a 'priming water' for more students to share and participate in environmental issues such as climate change. It is important to make sure that it doesn’t just stop with the simple act of thinking, but to the action that connects the thought. Environmental issues are a macroscopic subject, so many people seem to be unable to reach the skin. But if one by one, the ‘awareness’ changes, and, therefore, the ‘habits’ change, then small ‘changes’ will surely be realized. Our project will be a campaign for the student council to look back on the small things in the day-to-day lives of students in the school. After all, it's our goal to internalize the subject consciousness of the environment. ▲Supporter students are holding a plastic free campus campaign while giving out tumblers during the festival. ▲ Supporters students are taking part in the environmental action demonstration and sharing their opinions. 3. Activities after the starting ceremony We proceeded with the tumbler washer promotion activities first. Thankfully, students sympathized with and responded through the student council website. We interviewed the dustman and cleaners to create a card news, and it was this incident that we were able to get a closer look at the real state of environmental issues on campus. We also built a network of young people in connection with Big Wave, a youth climate organization, to participate in events related to climate change. Recently, we are devising a project that students can participate together with the basis on things they’ve studied. 4. Were there any difficulties? There were many difficulties, as it is the first official environmental club within the school. We deliberated on how to create many high quality projects, and held many data research activities and conferences. The conclusion that we came up with after thorough deliberation was that ‘we must study beforehand’. I think we can take part in environmental exercises as we learn more of better content. We are focusing on learning first to show how we are prepared. We anticipate that these things will act as important factors in creating a continuous and systematic organization after the second generation. ▲ Supporter students are holding an autonomous seminar while emphasizing the point that learning must be achieved as a prerequisite to put it into practice. 5. What we ask of Hanyang members The more we study, the more we realize the importance of members of Hanyang to recognize environmental issues as a real serious life problem, not just a campaign. Awareness and recognition is in desperate need. We want you to take that perception a step further and remember that just changing your little habits in life can reduce your carbon footprint and have a positive impact on the people around you. Although it may sound obvious, I expect that small changes in a person can lead to big changes. Although the first step is not far off yet, the students' willingness to study step by step in anticipation of a genuine change shows hope that Hanyang can become a truly eco-friendly campus. "I'm really happy to be with friends who sympathize with and strive to spread awareness on environmental issues," said Kim So-hee, who heads the team. She delivered her resolution to fiercely empathize and set an example in the near future. *Members of the Environmental supporters: Kim Gong-min (Department of Educational Technology 15), Kim So-hee (Division of International Studies 17), Kim Sin-gu (Department of Nuclear Engineering 13), Kim Young-woo (Department Of Political Science and International Studies 17), Byun Sun-jeong (Division of Tourism 17), Yoo Ah-hyung (Department of Media Communication 16). The Hanyang Global News Team - Global@hanyang.ac.kr *With translation by Kim Hyun-soo
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.
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