Do You Mind Being in Others’ Shoes?
Do You Mind Being in Others’ Shoes?
  • Reporter Choi Na-youn
  • 승인 2015.05.06 17:36
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Maybe you have met diverse people who have different positions, duties, or authorities after entering university. When you were high school students, the kinds of people you met were limited to teachers and friends, who spent time the same way as you did. Their lives were similar to yours, and your life was uniform and simply centered around studying or other activities to prepare for university admission.
However, the uniform life was broken after you graduated high school. A university is a small society from which you can learn how to manage trouble between people or between organizations, how to schedule your daily life, and how to develop friendships. At the freshmen stage, you are also freshmen in organizations you registered for shortly before joining, so you slowly learn how the organization treats things and what the purpose is. As you progress into your later university years, you may feel pressure to be responsible for the organization and tend to express your opinion on policies of the organization. In those steps, you can establish your values and become mature.
However, while you try to do so, you will face some troubles with other people or your surroundings. You must determine how you will handle things with your method or receive others’ opinions or just give them up. The last one is not a fundamental solution. It just delays the moment you have to face the problem. And while you agonize over choosing the proper method, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is a good way to find a solution. Putting yourself in someone else’s position allows you to understand why they suppose those ideas and whether your idea is acceptable in their stances.
Now, I have become a junior, and I want to tell younger Postechians that seniors of what you belong to do not want to give you burden and make you feel annoyed. Their decisions are their best choice for you and the team. They have overcome trouble similar to what you now face, so they know how you feel. Maybe they agonized a lot to make innovations to improve the team and/or decrease your burden as much as possible. And I suggest seniors think about how stressed the younger students feel and how they thought when they were younger. Both need to think of the other’s viewpoint and intention, which is a fundamental solution to trouble between people and makes you be mature mentally.
Each person has his or her own story, but also experiences in common with others—through which he or she can sympathize with others. To share the common point of view, you must put yourself in their shoes. Nowadays, disputes on SNS are frequent. Many of the disputes can also be solved with the theme of this article. Learning to solve problems effectively can protect you from being hurt in the real society after you graduate.

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