Oh~, victory to Korea!” You can no doubt remember the great cheering in June, 2002 during the World Cup. Painting the whole country red, we Koreans gathered together and enjoyed the victory.
The joy proved much bigger than we had expected. This was because we had only hoped for Korea to enter the second round at first, but our proud players did so well and finally made the semifinal and came fourth overall.
There are many situations like this, where we feel particular satisfaction from something we do not expect. When you go out on a blind date without any hope, you might just meet your fiance. Walking along a street, you might pick up 10,000 won bill. In these moments of joy, the unexpected happiness will be all that much greater.
When I walked into this English newspaper office for the first time, I did not expect much. I just got involved here because it seemed to be fun. Getting to know new people and spending time with them working on the paper, time has flown by and all of a sudden, I find that this semester is my last one. I started as a newspaper reporter with the hope that I would do my best in whatever I did.
Now, with this edition of our magazine, my final one as an editor, I wonder how I have spent these five semesters. Finally I can see the end of the road. I do not know how good a job I did but recalling the past, regrets are what come to my mind first. I often think, If I had done it another way, it could have been much better.
You have probably gone through these kinds of experiences at least once in 2002. How about your feelings now? Do you regret that 2003 is coming up, because 2002 was not as good as you had planned ? Or do you regret that it is coming to the end of a 2002 that was so sweet and good? Whatever regrets you may have, ‘Don’t worry.’ Because, we all have next year and the rest of our future to make our dreams come true and achieve our goals!
The UOS Times will welcome a new Editor-in-chief from next semester. With this change at the top, The UOS Times will have a chance to undergo renewal in many areas.
So how might it change? I have two things in mind that could be changed. The first one is that the new Editor-in-chief could improve on the shortfalls in my time as an editor and make The UOS Times be more helpful to as many students of the UOS as possible. My second hope is that students will pay more attention and give us frank advice on how we can make this an even better newspaper.
There is a saying, “A rolling stone gathers no moss”. Without challenges to improve ourselves, we will retrogress. On the other hand, with your sincere support and encouragement, The UOS Times will continue to progress step by step.