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2020-07 07

[Policy]Hanyang University and MOLOCO signed on MOU for developing key talents on AI

Hanyang University AI Graduate School and MOLOCO, an Ad-Tech company signed an MOU for developing key talents for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) field on June 29. Through this MOU, Hanyang University will be supported with basic and practical AI research development, result exchanges and proliferation, advanced AI education program development and efficient operation, and research development talent growth in AI-related fields. At the same time, MOLOCO will participate as a member of Hanyang University’s ‘HYU AI Membership Program’. This program is for the talented growth in active response to the industry’s AI technique demand, and implements the Industry Coupled-Project Based Learning (IC-PBL), which is a learning method based on industry-academic related project that operates AI+X, internship for recruitment. In April, Hanyang University was selected as the Artificial Intelligence Graduate School Support Business that the Ministry of Science and ICT(MSIT) supports, and is now planning to enforce education and research through AI by expanding faculties, AI Graduate School, research center, AI Solution Center, and SW/AI Convergence Education Center. It is expected to be the base of growing professional talents for the future of AI field. Im Jong-woo, professor at Hanyang University Department of Artificial Intelligence said “with the collaboration with MOLOCO, a leading business in the customized advertisement market, we expect to retain diversity in education and research cooperation on leading recommendation techniques.” Meanwhile, MOLOCO is a mobile advertising company that started its business in the Silicon Valley in 2013, which supports 7.5 billion mobile users worldwide to expose their customized advertisements on the right time and place through machine-learning and big-data technology. Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-07 07

[General]Seongdong-gu – Hanyang University and Hanyang Women’s University, holds hands on constructing the Wangsimni Station GTX-C

On June 29, Seongdong-gu signed a business agreement with Hanyang University and Hanyang Women’s University, universities within its jurisdiction, to newly construct a Wangsimni station Great Train Express (GTX)-C. Seongdong-gu has been showing an omnidirectional effort in recruiting the TF team and constructing the GTX-C Wangsimni station line since June 3. Especially, at the ‘GTX-C line strategy environment effect evaluation presentation for residents’ held by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport on June 3, strong requests for newly constructing the Wangsimni station of the local citizens have continued and the ‘GTX-C line Wangsimni station construction Seongdong-gu citizen promotion committee’ is carrying out a nationwide signature campaign until July 31. In response to this, Seondgond-gu has suggested Hanyang University and Hanyang Women’s University, which has similar objectives of resolving commuting problems of workers and Hanyang University students. In accordance with the active acceptance of each university, agreements will be made on Hanyang University on July 25 and Hanyang Women’s University on July 26. The main content of the agreement is the formation of the promotion group and joint proposal to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport for establishing the GTX-C Wangsimni station line. Seongdong-gu plans to promote an online student signature campaign by forming a joint promotion group with each school based on this agreement. Wangsinmi station, which is the largest transit point of the Gangbuk region with almost one hundred nine million passengers per year is expected to largely aid in the transportation convenience of not only Seoul citizens but also the capital and local citizens if the GTX-C line stops at Wangsimni station, Jeong Won-oh, head of Seongdong-gu Office said “we will do our best to make the GTX-C line stop at Wangsimni station through the agreements of universities within the jurisdiction and further efforts on performing validity research service, agreements with related organization, and promoting signature campaigns”. Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-07 07

[Event]The 4th Completion Ceremony of the Hanyang Global Lions

On June 12, the 4th Completion Ceremony of the Hanyang Global Lions (Lions from below) was held in the Administration Building of Hanyang University. The Lions are a student operation group managed by the Office of International Affairs, aiming for the intercommunication of overseas exchange students that Hanyang University has invited and the students of Hanyang University. The completion ceremony was attended by the 3rd and 4th year Global Lions. The Lions have managed various activities such as a buddy program and a club for foreign students, having invited exchange students of the Spring semester to participate. During the completion ceremony, an operation report and impressions on being part of the Lions were shared. The operation report was made by the student delegate Hu Sae-yeon, followed by the awarding of completion certificates and a congratulatory address. Hanyang President Kim Woo-seung, the Dean of the Office of International Affairs Yoon Jong-seng, and related personnel participated in the completion ceremony. Take a closer look at [[Hanyang Wiki]] : hyu.wiki/한양글로벌라이언즈 Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-07 07

[Academics]Hanyang Intelligence Data System Laboratory Participates in a Consortium for a Digital-Platform-Based Enterprises Support

The Hanyang Intelligence Data System Laboratory of the Department of Industrial Engineering has been selected for the Digital Platform Based Private Business Proliferation Support Project (PoC) being conducted by the National Information Society Agency. The Laboratory will task with supervision and cooperation?) with Autocarz and Genieworks, tackling illegal parking on the digital platform. The project aims to solve Seoul's illegal parking problem by planning and implementing a new business model, using the base of the public consolidated platform developed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government last year. At the same time, the consortium aims to commercialize the business model planned by private enterprises. The consortium is planning to create an artificial-intelligence-based prediction probability model on illegal parking, by collecting, processing, and analyzing various data. Utilizing these data, the consortium is also planning to showcase an array of additional services by the second half of the year. One of the services is an Open API Portal Service on Parking Control Prediction Information, which designs and develops a parking control prediction probability model and provides the generated information to O2O businesspersons in an Open API form. Since the data make it possible to target when and where the number of illegal parking frequently occur, parking lot operators and others can use it as important sources for location-based marketing. Also, it could serve as baseline data for analyzing the business area regarding vehicle maintenance and car wash businesses. Mun Chang-hun, the CEO of Autocarz, mentioned that he hopes to raise awareness about illegal parking problems among drivers through the implementation of this empirical project. He also added that he would like to contribute to the mitigation of traffic through additional services, the creation of new jobs in areas such as parking and car washing through the release of the data to the third parties. Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-07 07

[Medical Center]Hanyang University Hospital Introduced the Mobile Electronic List to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, to increase hospital visitors’ convenience, manage information correctly, and prevent further spread of the virus, the Mobile Electronic List was introduced on June 22, and contactless services are currently being enhanced. Using smartphones to register their entrance, the Mobile Electronic List increases accuracy in managing hospital visitors through easy and accurate self-authentication which prevents fallacies; thus, it is a visitor management system that can assist in preventing the disease from spreading when a person has been confirmed to have contracted it. Hospital visitors need to identify themselves through an NFC tag or by scanning a QR code placed at the entrance and having their temperature checked, as well as reporting any respiratory symptoms or travel abroad to easily confirm entrance registration. After this procedure, the person does not need to go through the self-authentication process and only has to check their symptom status. The personal information and visit history will be deleted automatically after 4 weeks. Moreover, for hospital visitors who do not possess smartphones or have difficulties in filling out the mobile health questionnaires, questionnaire forms will still be available. This allows solving inconveniences when visiting the hospital such as confusion at the entrance and reduced waiting time for entering. Yoon Ho-joo, director of the hospital, said that “the Mobile Electronic List is expected to be a great help in rapidly detecting the movements of an infected person to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” and that “we will do our best to create a safe environment where hospital visitors can get treatment in a safe and reliable environment.” Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-07 06 Important News

[Special]Finding the Sound of Hanyang

You hear this song as you walk up the stairs in Hanyang Campus at 9:00 in the morning. You can also hear it on official occasions, as well as the last song performed by the Hanyang orchestra on every stage. Can you guess what it is? It is the sound of Hanyang University’s official school anthem. The school anthem was composed by Dr. Paiknam Kim Lyun-joon, the founder of Hanyang University. Kim, along with being a successful educator and entrepreneur, was also a talented musician both as a baritone singer and a composer. Kim composed numerous vocal pieces throughout his lifetime, of which the Elegy and I Will Live Among the Green Mountains are most widely-known. His achievements were acknowledged with the Grand Prize in composition for world musicians in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the University of Tübingen. The school anthem is sung in unison on official occasions of Hanyang University and affiliated schools of the Hanyang Foundation. The song is composed of two verses and a chorus, although the attendees usually only sing the first verse. The lyrics talk about the need to practice Love in Deed and Truth, the founding philosophy of the university. Unfortunately, most of the original materials related to the school anthem have been lost, including the original score of the anthem. However, Hanyang University Archives explains that past yearbooks provide some clues to its history. They have discovered that the first mention of the anthem appears in the initial issue of the Hanyang News in 1959 as well as in the yearbook published the same year. The yearbook of 1967 is the first publication of the complete lyrics of the song. There was a small variation in the lyrics around 1982 as the word "clean (닦아서)" was changed to "sharpen (깎아서)." The score of the school anthem included in the yearbook of 1967. (Photo courtesy of Hanyang University Archives) The score of the school anthem included in the yearbook of 1982. There was a slight change in the lyrics. (Photo courtesy of Hanyang University Archives) The score of the school anthem printed in 2019 (Photo courtesy of Hanyang University Archives) The school anthem is a song that connotes Hanyang’s past, present, and future. As long as the story of Hanyang continues, the school anthem will remain and convey the spirit of the school. Oh Kyu-jin alex684@hanyang.ac.kr

2020-07 06 Important News

[Special]The Semester as Experienced by Foreign Exchange Students

At the start of the semester, many exchange students arrived in Korea from all over the world, anticipating the opportunity to experience Korean culture and meet new friends at their new school. However, their anticipation turned to apprehension as the semester started in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. New to online lectures Most exchange student shared similar discomforts regarding the lectures throughout the semester. Cho Hana (Department of Education, 3rd year), an exchange student from Ithaca College in the United States, said she had a hard time with cyber lectures. She appreciated that lectures were available at convenient times and allowed multiple replays, but she could not help feeling disconnected from peers and professors and was thus less motivated. Another exchange student, Lee Chieh (Department of Economics and Finance, 4th year) from National Taiwan University, agreed, saying that it was hard to interact with the instructors. On top of that, due to the restricted setting, professors gave out more assignments than in previous semesters. “There were some advantages though. The schedule was very flexible, so I could, for instance, watch my lectures at night if I was busy during the day or postpone them if I had too many assignments,” explained Lee. The studying environment was another source of difficulties for the students. “I had never been to the campus, so I did not know where I could study,” said Cho. Instead, she chose to study mainly in her dormitory. There were minor issues, since she has a roommate and they were on different schedules. Lee said she usually studied in the library, knowing herself to be unproductive at home. “However, the available seats in the library were limited for the sake of social distancing, and it was hard to find a seat from time to time.” Cho Hana (Department of Education, 3rd year), an exchange student from Ithaca College in the United States, talked about the difficulties she encountered while taking online lectures and studying. (Photo courtesy of Cho) Missing out on school activities During the pandemic, what Lee missed the most were club activities like the ones she participated in during the previous semesters. “Because of the coronavirus, club members were not able to meet in person, so we were not able to get close and build friendships,” said Lee. She also could not meet her friends often since most Korean students stayed in their hometowns. Cho said she also wishes she had the chance to participate in clubs and activities inside of school. Still, her biggest regret is that she was not able to experience a Korean university festival. “The festival alone would have been enough to make my entire semester better, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen,” said Cho. When questioned about the student protests that recently took place, Cho seemed surprised. “I stayed mostly in the dormitory and was unaware of such events,” said Cho. On the other hand, Lee said she had heard about the protests. “I understand their concerns. Especially, as an exchange student, I can see why it would have been a huge inconvenience for the students who live far away and did not rent a place nearby to come to campus for offline final exams.” (Center in the front row) Lee Chieh (Department of Economics and Finance, 4th year), on exchange from National Taiwan University, said although the pandemic changed her last semester's plan, she is satisfied with the exchange student experience at Hanyang University. (Photo courtesy of Lee) Back to school? Although Cho initially planned to stay at Hanyang for just one semester, she decided to extend her stay in Korea for another semester. Her plan is to look for internships and part-time jobs. “Once the pandemic is over, I would love to take some offline classes and meet my peers and professors,” said Cho. “I also look forward to exploring the campus and experiencing what it is like to be a normal student at Hanyang University.” For Lee, she graduated this June and this semester was her last one at Hanyang. “Unfortunately, coronavirus ruined most of my plans. Nonetheless, I experienced many things last semester and met many new friends this year, so I’m satisfied with my exchange student experience at Hanyang University,” said Lee. Hwang Hee-won whitewon99@hanyang.ac.kr

2020-07 06 Important News

[Special]How the Coronavirus Has Changed the World of Sports

The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on a diversity of fields. Maintaining social distance has become an integral part of our everyday routines, and various methods have been introduced to help us minimize contact with others. In the world of sports, matches are being held without audiences as a way to both enjoy sports and remain safe from spreading the disease. Professor Sung-bae Roger Park (Department of Sports Industry) explains how the industry came to adopt this unusual method of conducting sports games. What are fanless games? Fanless games are sports matches which do not allow audiences to sit in the arena. In the past, fanless games were held when facilities in an arena were considered unsafe or when the actions of fans were considered too violent to be allowed in the audience seating area. However, he explains how the Coronavirus pandemic has most unusually changed the norm of sports games by having nearly all games played without fans. He said this was an “unfortunate gameplay” method which has resulted in general economic deficits, but more importantly, the deprivation of opportunities for fans to watch the games and their players in real life. The Hanyang University volleyball team is also conducting fanless games in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of Park) Advantages and disadvantages of fanless games Park agrees that fanless games definitely help in prohibiting the spread of the disease. Also, the possibility of fanless games is what has prevented the total cancellation of entire sports leagues around the world by allowing them to continue receiving revenue through broadcasting systems and sponsorships. On top of that, the fanless games have lead to the globalization of national sports leagues. In the case of the KBO League, some of its fanless games were broadcast on ESPN, the American sports channel, consequently raising the league's status and earning a diverse audience. However, he explained that there are many disadvantages as well. “Fanless games have taken away the revenue gained from selling entrance tickets. This has resulted in tremendous economic deficits for entire leagues and sports clubs,” said Park. Moreover, the absence of audiences have seemed to decrease the morale of the players. “Fans are an integral part of the game. The players stand in concord with the fans in the arena,” said Park, further emphasizing the importance of fans by quoting Lebron James, one of the best basketball players in the world, who said “I’ll never play in an arena without fans.” Online support Following Taiwan, South Korea was the second country to open its professional baseball season. As such, America’s major league and Japan’s professional baseball league have been watching the development of the Korean baseball league during the pandemic. In particular, Park says that South Korean fans’ online support for their teams has been at the center of their attention. Online support from the fans, Park says, retains its roots in having the fans voluntarily and actively be a part of supporting their teams. Various themed programs during which fans create quiz questions and hold virtual events that help them communicate with players more easily are unique ways in which South Korean fans are currently supporting their favorite sports teams. As a part of their online support, Kakaotalk opened a Professional Baseball-bot channel so that fans can enter an open chat and enjoy the games. (Photo courtesy of The Asia Business Daily) Despite these harsh times, sports industries and their fans are finding alternative routes to push through and enjoy their lives while remaining safe. “The fanless games,” Park said, “are the best solution we have and a wise decision for the KBO and the K-League to make.” Lee Yoon-seo cipcd0909@hanyang.ac.kr

2020-06 30

[Event]"For a Better World"... Center for Social Innovation Recruits Participating Teams for the First Global Social Innovation Idea Contest

The Center for Social Innovation announced on June 22nd that they are recruiting participating teams for the First Global Social Innovation Idea Contest (APTE Online & GSIIC) until July 20th. According to the Center for Social Innovation, this program will be scheduled as follows: July 29th: Orientation; August 1st: Prior-education on SDGs and entrepreneurship; August 3-7: APYE online program on opening, a specialist session, project development/pitching workshop/specialist mentoring, and project presentation/winning team award ceremony; August 8th~27th: Project Development - UNDP Youth Co: Lab Springboard platform provided; and August 28th: Global Social Innovation Idea Contest. Awarding-winning projects and support funding will follow afterwards. All programs will be conducted through online video conferences and webinar programs. The topic of this contest is a social innovation model idea for the better world in the post-COVID-19 world. Registration is possible until July 20, and any Hanyang University students who have social innovation ideas for a better world can register as a team of 3-5 members. Also, a participation fund of 250,000 won will be fully funded. The winning project will be given 15 million won as the total award and support fund. The other various benefits will also be given, such as a certificate from the host institution, a 2021 APYE Program priority selection right, global social innovation specialist mentoring, a winter APYE invitation, a project development platform (UNDP Youth Co: Lab Springboard), a chance to exchange ideas with global social innovation youth leaders, the right to participate with the UNDP Youth Co: Lab Movers, and more. The specific program plans can be accessed on the website of the Center for Social Innovation of Hanyang University. ▶ Go to the Center for Social Innovation Announcement Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-06 30

[Event]Hanyang University Holds 2020 SW Technology Startup Idea Contest

Hanyang University's Software-Centered Business Group (Director Yoon Min-soo), with the Startup Support Group, held the Software (SW) Technology Idea Contest at the Seoul Campus in Seongdong-gu, Seoul, on June 26. This contest was designed to call forth SW-based innovation startup ideas and to provide opportunities for career development to students in a SW-startup-related field. There were 44 participants from 26 teams in the competition. Starting in April, students were coached on idea generation, app development, and creating business models from the University Startup Mentors, and four teams were selected through preliminary rounds on the 12th. Winners of the 2020 Software Technology Startup Idea Contest held at Seoul Campus, Seongdong-gu, Seoul on June 26 are taking photos after the award ceremony. The final four teams were evaluated in the final round on June 26. This year's winner was the Doctor Soldier team (Head Lee Do-hyun, Junior in the Department of Computer Science), who suggested a Military Life Management Smart Doctor App. △The MEITI & MEITI Team's (Head Lee Eun-ah, senior in the Department of Computer Science) Deep-Learning-Based Chinese Education Service won second prize, and △Memolight Team's (Head Oh Si-hwan, Junior in the Department of Computer Science) Memorable Book Quotes Scanning and Data Management Service and △www.pet Team's (Head Lee Gun-myung, Senior in the Department of Computer Science) AI-based Companion Animal Healthcare Service received third prize. The winning teams were given certificates and scholarships in the name of the head of the Software-Centered Business Team and the Startup Support Team. Yoon Min-soo, Head of the Software-Centered University Business Team said, “Through the competition, we could discover the infinite potential of students,” and that “We will lead in fostering students talented in innovative software with systemic education and programs”. Ryu Chang-wan, Head of the Startup Support Team said, “We will actively support the creative ideas of the winning teams as they become sustainable businesses.” Global News Team global@hanyang.ac.kr Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-06 29

[Alumni]A Crossover of Traditional and Contemporary Music

Traditional music in Korea is called gugak, which literally means “national music” in Korean. However, as the trends of Western music have been sweeping the music industry for more than half a century, most Koreans feel a sense of distance from traditional music. Ha Yun-ju (Department of Korean Traditional Music, '09) is a Jeongga (a kind of gugak which involves vocal singing) singer who is trying to popularize traditional music through a musical crossover with Western music. Ha Yun-ju (Department of Korean Traditional Music, '09) is a Jeongga singer who is trying to popularize the traditional music of Korea through a crossover with contemporary music. (Photo courtesy of Ha) Ha explained Jeongga as a genre that engrafts music and literature which used to be enjoyed by the upper-classes. “Jeongga reveals a taste for the arts as it leads to inner peace from its slow and steady melody,” said Ha. She added that Jeongga provides a mystic experience by filling in the emptiness of people with lyrical and instructive messages. After entering Hanyang with a full scholarship, Ha started to lay the foundation for her competence as a musician. “Each lesson with the professors helped me grow to be able to meet the standards to survive in the actual field,” said Ha. With the professors’ support as well as her efforts, Ha won the Gold Prize in the 27th Onnara Gugak Competition. However, Ha aspires to more than just mastering Jeongga. She is especially interested in familiarizing other people with this beautiful traditional music. Ha chose a crossover between traditional music and contemporary music as the medium. Upon receiving the KBS Gugak Award in 2018, Ha released her first full-length studio album, Chuseon, which means “a fan in autumn." The album featured contemporary songs sung in the style of Jeongga, expressing the loneliness of a woman saying farewell to her loved one. In addition, Ha is participating in various collaborations with contemporary pop musicians including Kim Junsu, Song So-hee, and Second Moon. Ha feels that she has been tasked with certain responsibilities as a traditional musician, and the crossover is a way of fulfilling them. Chuseon is Ha's first full-length studio album which expresses the loneliness of a woman saying farewell to her loved one. (Photo courtesy of Ha) Other than the crossover, Ha has been involved in diverse projects to popularize traditional music. The Jeongga singer recently released a collection of children's songs after appearing in Who Is Good at This, a singing contest program for children. Ha is preparing to release another full-length album, The Point of Ecstasy, with the poems of Na Tae-ju. Ha also plans to participate in a singing competition program by MBN as a representative of traditional music. “With my music, I am trying to touch the emotions that all Koreans unconsciously carry in their minds,” said Ha. Ha told the members of Hanyang to keep their passion and believe in what they are aiming for. “What you believe is what opens your way to the opportunities,” said Ha. “Even when you feel exhausted, don’t give up and do your best.” Oh Kyu-jin alex684@hanyang.ac.kr

2020-06 29

[Special]Students on a Leave of Absence During COVID-19

While the school was experiencing turmoil caused by the coronavirus, some students were on a timely leave of absence. Although their plans for the semester were also restricted to some extent, the students spent the coronavirus-struck first semester doing various meaningful activities outside school. Importance of daily life After three years of attending university, Kim Da-yeon (Department of Applied Art Education, 3rd year) decided to take a break from school. “I thought this would be my last opportunity to rest truly before graduation,” said Kim, having planned out a trip around the world to the last detail. However, she had to quickly cancel all of her plans following the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, Kim searched for meaningful activities she could participate in during the semester. Kim wanted activities related to children and was offered a part-time job at an art academy for elementary school students. Interested particularly in children's art psychology, she readily accepted the offer. The first class was scheduled for March, but the school postponed the opening to April. About this, Kim says, she has regrets since her time with the students was shortened. “All of my part-time jobs before this had been at an art academy for high school students. It was new and fun to be in the drawing world of elementary students,” said Kim. She said she also became more interested in child art therapy through the experience. Kim Da-yeon (Department of Applied Art Education, 3rd year) worked at an art academy for children during her leave of absence. (Photo courtesy of Kim) Kim also entered a crowdfunding project contest to design a Seoul tour with a team. “I wondered if there was a way to help visitors remember their precious moments in Seoul,” said Kim. The team created a diary illustrating the special features of many areas in Seoul as well as planned a treasure hunt game through the hidden alleys of Seoul. She was mainly in charge of designing Seoul-related souvenirs. Kim’s team won the crowdfunding contest held by the Korea Tourism Organization in June. Kim and her group created a crowdfunding project which designed a meaningful Seoul tour. (Photo courtesy of Kim) During her leave of absence, Kim said she was able to spend a lot of time with her family and friends since she mostly had to stay at home. “That, I realized, is the importance of mundane daily life,” Kim said. “I highly recommend taking one or two semesters off and spending time with people you do not meet enough during busy semesters,” said Kim, adding “Although, at the same time, I do miss school and chatting with my friends during lunch breaks.” The opportunity to make one’s own decision Before taking a leave of absence, Choi (anonymous interviewee) said he was feeling increasingly exhausted, busy studying and not being able to pursue his dream. “It lowered my self-esteem and made me short-tempered,” said Choi. “Then I decided it was time to take a leave of absence.” Choi applied to work at a company, mostly because he wanted to help his parents financially, and also because he wanted to do something different from what he was studying at school. During the semester, Choi worked as an office assistant at a company in the field of cloud computing, managing the students at the company's training center. He also took part in a cloud development government project as an assistant. Based on his experiences at work and the advice of other employees, Choi started studying big data, accounting, and stocks which will all be useful in the future. He also participated in a mock investment contest. Choi (anonymous interviewee) worked as an office assistant at a cloud computing company during his leave of absence. (Photo courtesy Choi) Choi said he benefited much from the experience, which helped him gain first-hand experience of the situation in actual workplaces. “I saw how the company worked, such as how many tasks the employees were in charge of at a time.” The self-studying was also a huge advantage. “Taking a change on studying big data reduced my fear of learning something new. Now, I am more easily interested in new things and more open to new paths in career and life.” Fortunately for Choi, most of his plan consisted of studying and working, so he did not feel too inconvenienced by the coronavirus pandemic. “However, I have seen many of my friends suffer because of the changed situation and curriculum. I hope everyone stays safe.” For Choi, the leave of absence was an unexpected opportunity to see and do things he did not expect. He advised his fellow students not to miss the opportunity to widen their perspectives. Hwang Hee-won whitewon99@hanyang.ac.kr