POSTECH Microscope: a Graduate Student
POSTECH Microscope: a Graduate Student
  • Reporter Kim Do-yeong
  • 승인 2018.03.28 12:59
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▲Graduate Student Kim Young-kwang
▲Graduate Student Kim Young-kwang

In addition to undergraduate students, there are many graduate students in POSTECH. The Postech Times met one of them, Kim Young-kwang (MSE 13).

 

“Do you have regrets regarding your undergraduate studies?”
“Generally, I was satisfied my undergraduate school life. However, one thing I regret about my past is health. During my first year of campus life, almost every day I ate delivery food, stayed up late and woke up late. That made my life cycle irregular, and ruined my body. Including that problem, I got really sick, and in the end I had to rest at POSTECH for years due to my health problem.”

 

“Well then, vice versa, were there any fruitful or great things that you experienced?”
“From my undergraduate life to now, I have participated in talent donation in various subjects. Back then, I did a mentoring program sponsored by the Korea and Student Foundation. I did both mentee and mentor. Plus, I managed a private mentoring program dealing with subjects that students want to learn, such as vocal training and logical thinking. I also worked as an actor in a musical. We performed our musical at Hyoja Art Hall, and I played a role as a game addict. I could really emphasize with my role (laugh).”

 

“What about relationships? How were your relationships with your acquaintances?”
“When I was in high school, I barely had opportunities to enhance my human relationships because of studies. Also, I have several flaws in my personality such as a lack of consideration. Therefore, I strongly wanted to improve my relationships a lot. By becoming a departmental representative and president, I could control my emotions such anger much more effectively.”

 

“Is there any words to say to undergraduate students who want to enter graduate school?”
“One thing I can say for certain is, graduate school is totally different from undergraduate school. Accordingly, undergraduate students who wish to attend graduate school should practice three abilities. These are; logical thinking skills, presentation skills, and writing skills. In fact, I think that these skills should be taught by the school. Rather than injecting mass information into students’ brains, college must teach how to pose problems and draw solutions in clear and logical ways, conveying that thinking concisely and writing them in a clear simple thesis.
I also suffered from a lack of those abilities. My graduate GPA was around 3.7. That score is pretty good, right? But that was not the point. In a laboratory, you cannot survive without those skills. I struggled to learning writing skills and endured a professor’s scolding because I barely had a basis for good writing. Every day I worried about how to improve my logical thinking or presentation skills. I even received private, expensive education from a private teacher. It sounds silly, but many graduate school students experience this kind of situation.”


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