While pride may be associated with negative connotations, it is also a hallmark of personal growth for those who have accomplished something, no matter how large or small. It is the sensational feeling that people get after they conquer their inner demons. The Granite Tower (GT) met four Korea University (KU) students to hear about what experiences brought them pride—and the values that can be surmised from them.
My grades during the first semester were not that great. It was hard to adjust to a new environment and university life and I spent most of my time on school clubs. I managed to meet new people and enjoy the drinking culture. However, during the second semester, my aim was to focus more on my grades so that I could prepare for my exchange student program. I managed to achieve a GPA above 4.0 which was a great surprise and I was very proud of myself. Personally, I am very satisfied with my achievements so far at KU.
Kim Hayoung (’16, Health Policy and Management)
During my first and second year vacation, I did volunteer work at the local children’s center. I mainly helped children read English books and helped solving problems together. At first, I was worried because it was my first time teaching other people. However, over time, I got used to it and gained confidence. Through this experience, I was supposed to serve these students, but instead, I received something even greater. The greatest sense of happiness I felt was after my volunteer work. After the students had gone back to school, I received a call from one of the students who let me know that he scored first place in his whole school. I was both surprised and thankful that he remembered me enough to let me know this great news.
Eom Sewon (’15, Media and Communications)
Participating in extracurricular activities has been magnificent regarding personal development and improvement. Being a member of these groups brings you an opportunity to discover your true self as you undertake various responsibilities and tasks. The experience I have gained from such activities is paramount. For clubs like Korea University Business School (KUBS) Global, it helped me demonstrate that I was reliable and cooperative. Now, as the president of KUBS Global, with great passion and desire, I will use the experience that I have gained throughout these years to make the lives of international students in Business School much better.
Edgar Nuwajuna (’14, Business Administration)
The time when I felt most accomplished was when I got in the habit of visiting my grandmother, which also helped me learn how to converse with adults. I rarely visited my grandmother, but after realizing that I would be joining the army soon, I went to her store to see how she was doing. To be honest, I thought it would be awkward at first because I had not seen her for a long time, but it was very comfortable since we are family after all. Since then, I learned to commiserate with adults, which enhanced my relationship with my parents. Through discussing my career and relationship problems, my parents were able to give comfort and helpful advice.