Lee delivering a lecture to the Open Major students
The freshmen of the Dept. of Open Major founded their very first Student Council. On Mar. 13, the first president and vice-president were elected. The vice-president, Yoon Sae-ha (Dept. of Open Major, ’14), said “Because there had been no Student Council in the Dept. of Open Major for the last five years, students had many difficulties.” Further explaining the purpose of the establishment, he said that “The Student Council tries to guarantee the rights and interests of the Dept. of Open Major students.”
Previously, students in the Dept. of Open Major had difficulty registering for courses. As a result of being classified as other major students, they were only able to register for major courses on the last day of the registration period. However, Yeo Eun-young, the office assistant for the Dept. of Open Major, attempted to solve these problems. Yeo asked for help from other 13 departments. As a result of her efforts, Open Major freshmen can register for major courses during the freshman registration period from this year. Yeo’s actions inspired the students in the department to create the Student Council. “Open Major students previously could not feel a sense of belonging due to the absence of senior students, department events, and a Student Council. However, students in the class of ’15 will have their own seniors through the foundation of the Student Council,” Yeo said.
This Student Council held its first official event on Mar. 20. Nam Hwang-woo, Dean of the Dept. of Urban Administration, Lee Byoung-jae (Dept. of Urban Administration, ’10) and Jang Yeong-jun (Dept. of Urban Administration, ’10) took part in the event and introduced their department to Open Major students. Jang, the first student to choose Dept. of Urban Administration after starting in the Dept. of Open Major, said, “It was a great chance to communicate with juniors.” Kim Gyu-ree (Dept. of Open Major, ’14), who took part in the event, said, “We have few opportunities to connect with seniors due to the nature of our department. Thanks to the professor and senior students, I feel that this event helped to ease the task of selecting a major.” Yoon said, “We are preparing another event with the Dept. of Taxation. We will also prepare a membership training or spring picnic to encourage the power of unity.”