I would like to introduce one concept in the Editorial feature. When searching in an encyclopedia or dictionary, you can find “this word” as “the power of ability to return to the original form, position, and so on, after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.” Also, you can figure out this word with “ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.” In other words, if you do not have this ability, you would be vulnerable or could not even pick yourself up. Do you know about this concept? It is called “resilience.”
I did not realize the resilience of the late Kim Chang-ho (Dept. of Business Administration, ’88) until after I attended his funeral. Actually, I was just reporting on his funeral for writing and publishing a headline. During his funeral, I was busy collecting information to write 400-word-long paragraphs. For this reason, I could not feel such a massive sorrow. After reporting on his funeral, I came back to The UOS Times office and searched for information on the late Mr. Kim on the Internet. Almost all articles covered the fact that captain Kim and four members passed away in Mt. Gurja. As I needed to write more words, I kept finding many articles dealing with his life. As I continued to search, I read an interesting and unbelievable article. In this article, I was shocked one of his statements.
“As each person feels different when drinking soju, each person thinks different when facing the same situation. Unless the situation is too severe, you can get over these crises.”
I could not understand how they can overcome difficulty with such a calm attitude. I could not easily agree with his saying, but I was especially surprised at his comfortable attitude. However, the next day, someone mentioned the concept “resilience” while chatting with me. While he just spoke and joked, I felt stabbed in the back. That is because I could connect the meaning of Kim’s saying with resilience. I concluded my thought that his life was full of resilience. That means that he could fight through any hardships he faced and go forward to his goals. Thus, I felt I learned his resilient life too.
In the 149th issue, The UOS Times covers one of the ways to develop resilience of readers; reading books, in the Cover Story. By introducing the current condition of readers in the University of Seoul (UOS), The UOS Times expects that readers will feel the need to read a book. In addition, readers can find some books to read later by introducing best sellers in each era. In front of the Cover Story, stories of Seoul Human Library and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University await the readers. Also, The UOS Times covers an analysis of the third South-North Summit Conference in Pyongyang in the Society feature. Thanks to the work of six new reporters, The UOS Times interviewed and reported on some celebrities and events related to resilience; such as an interview with Professor Keum Hie-yeon, an introduction of Ikseon-dong, and a report of the enjoyable Itaewon Global Village Festival 2018. Other than these articles, The UOS Times tackles the issue of the restriction of disposable cups by dealing with the dangers of plastic. Have a nice end of the year 2018 with the winter issue of The UOS Times.