This is the third year of my stay. This place has been wonderful. Setting aside the fact that I am writing this piece at 2 a.m., the time I spent here was unforgettable. I was not involved in any type of club in high school, so I am assuming this will be the first and the last extra-curricular activity that I will ever participate in as a student. Luckily, I do not regret this point. As I only like to take part in activities that produce results, this place has certainly suited my tastes. Together with a fleeting sense of pain, I always got my result. This gave me a sense of accomplishment, regardless of the quality. Although it would be a lie to say that I was happy all the time, I did enjoy most of my stay.
As this is the last issue in which I will be involved, I feel mixed emotions. I am experiencing both joy and sorrow, leaning more towards joy. But, if you are agonizing over whether or not to join us, I would definitely encourage you to give it a go. It is true that writing articles is hard. However, during this difficult time, I felt that I grew up and learned lots of thing. If you are reading this piece and thinking about joining us, I really hope you do. It’s never too late to try. There are both returning students and freshmen here. If you feel alone and want to make friends, everyone is in the office waiting to meet you. There will always be someone who can eat lunch together with you.
As the kicker’s name says above, farewell to The UOS Times, I hope more people join us, write articles, and receive as much happiness as I did from The UOS Times. Thank you!
Since I got to The UOS Times a bit later than others, I never expected to still be working as a reporter by now. However, working here felt a bit like being part of a force which kept dragging me along with it. I don’t know why, though. Maybe it was all the wonderful people that I have had the chance to work with, or maybe it was just the work itself.
Without a doubt, becoming a reporter was a valuable experience. It was even more valuable to be a reporter with an English magazine at a Korean university. Not only was I able to learn how to be a reporter, but also it made me think about things from the reader’s perspective, most likely someone who was not Korean. It required me to leave my own point of view behind and start from scratch. This might seem like a tough process at first, but it will eventually give you a fresh understanding and change your attitude towards the issues. I want to encourage anyone who is hesitating to apply for The UOS Times to just go for it. I promise you that it will be worth a try.
From time to time, whenever I experienced a frustrating or depressing moment, my colleagues always gave me a lot of support. In-young and Hye-joon, you were great buddies until you fled to U.S. and Sweden while I was writing articles in the confined office. Just kidding! I’m looking forward to seeing you soon in Seoul. Young-eun and Moon-joo, you did a really great job and I much appreciate your effort. I must confess now that occasionally I was just trying to look occupied while fooling around.
As they say in Matrix, everything that has a beginning has an end. However, as many things in our world circulate, I believe my ending will eventually be connected to another’s beginning.