Freshmen, they’re coming.

Today, there’s a news I want to tell you. I became a student reporter of my school, SNU promotions department. The articles I wrote are printed on magazine ‘SNU people’ and online magazine of our school’s portal. I’ve started it since October, and was being researching and writing. It is such an interesting job. I got to interview a lot of interesting people who are mostly our school’s graduates, including an actor, music critique and so on.

This time, I want to introduce a coverage I went out for in January.

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It is freshmen’s time again. I entered SNU almost exactly this time of last year. There were lots of events welcoming freshmen, and one of the biggest events is ‘Freshmen college’ that is held by School headquarter at this time of year. It was held last year for the first time, and the second one is 2013’s. Last year, I was there as a freshman participating the event, I mean, as a guest, and this year, I’d been there as a ‘student reporter’ who was to cover the event and write it as an special article to start a year! It was really an honor, and was unforgettable experience.

At first, I was a little embarrassed to go there. The ‘Freshmen college’ of Seoul National University is held in Pyeong Chang, Gang won province. I had to go there without an official transportation, but with a guy who will take a professional picture and his own car. It was a long way. I had to sleep inside the car not because Pyeong Chang was far away from Seoul but because chatting with the photo guy was kind of awkward. ( I did my best though.)

When I arrived at Pyeong Chang, it was ‘White’ literally. A bunch of snow was piled up, and it was very cold there. Much colder than Seoul. However, when I went inside, where the Freshman college takes place, the freshmen’s passion was burning hot!

They struggled in sports games and cheer-leading competitions in order to get scores so they can get some extra snacks at night, and they prepared there talent show  that will be held in the evening so passionately as a team. Also, some professors and SNU graduates gave them lectures, and the freshmen listened to them so carefully that I could feel some intelligent curiosity from them, which are oriented from there confidence and anxiety as a SNU freshmen, which are the best ones in Korea.

What was the most interesting was some ‘special classes’. The school prepared some special classes to freshly born ’20’s’. The total was 5, including ‘making boy or girlfriend’, ‘fashing styling’, ‘dancing’, ‘travelling’, and ‘presentation’. I visited every class in order to research some news materials, and every single one was interesting. A professional love consultant at the podium told the girls “You can say ‘How about watching a movie together on weekend’ to the guy you like, but you should never say ‘I think I like you. How about you?’. That’ll end the relationship. Please, be promiscuous.” As a person who went through a year in university wondering and complicating about ‘relationships’, it was both interesting and funny. Actually, what was more interesting was blushing faces of freshmen and there attitude of ‘concentration’ which was never shown when a top notched professor talked about ‘I, universe, and university’ before. (Actually I spotted some sleeping deeply.)

I interviewed some freshmen, and sophomore or senior mentors who led them, and some headquarter officers who actually made this project happen from A to Z. What I learned from this important coverage was this event surely gives freshmen many things. Now is January (it was) and they newly entered this school. I could feel so much energy, confidence coming from all over the freshmen. This ‘Freshmen college’ was surely a motive for that ‘energy’. I was really happy to watch them glow with all those energy and fresh mind.

Watching the freshmen fly away balloons and get school badges as finale, I was kind of ‘refreshed’, too. I reminded myself at that moment last year, and reflected my self at the moment. I was not glowing so brightly like them. I was full of contemplation about my unstable future, stressful jobs, twisted schedules, and discontent about my present. However, I wasn’t like that at that moment of mine. I was full of ‘thankfulness’. I was thankful that I got into a university I wished for, I was thankful to be here! But I was totally unaware of the fact, I was so dull at my own precious belongings.

I was surely refreshed and got to reflect myself from the coverage I had to make in ‘Freshmen college’ of SNU. As a sophomore, I really welcome the freshmen, and wish them good luck. Some tips, I will post later. I also welcome my self and wish myself good luck, too, because I actually decided to live like a freshman, thanking everything around me, and be myself again.

XOXO, Anne

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