미래가치를 창출하는 글로컬 산학일체 혁신대학
I Am Still Learning,
and That’s What Life Is About
By Jo Tae-yeon Reporter, Senior of Economics
HBNU college of Multidisciplinary Studies in Converging Science (Misandae) was selected as a lifelong education and university support project in 2016, allowing late scholars and lifelong learners to receive education anytime, anywhere.
Misandae is conducting various programs for lifelong learners. Teaching Assistant (TA) programs, such as the Learning Helper program, is one of those programs. TA activities are conducted in the Helproom of Misandae to improve their learning skills by asking their TA teachers what the students’ are curious about in class. Students can get help with using Computers, Math, and English from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Help room. Misandae students who visit the Helproom with laptops and notebooks at a fixed time every day all have a goal that they want to reach. Their goal is to graduate from university or to study hard. They get help from TA teachers to achieve their goals. So, we Interviewed a Misandae student studying in the Help Room.
Q. Please introduce yourself.
I am a senior in a class of 18.
Q. How old are you?
I am 62 years old.
Q. What is your motive for entering HBNU?
I have been in the distribution business for over 30 years. I applied for the Department of Startup to learn more to continue my business and work system, even at a late age.
Q. What kind of work are you doing?
I am in the food business as the director of KY Food.
Q. Then, do you come to school and take classes after work?
Yes, I work hard until the afternoon and come to school to take classes after work.
Q. Is it not physically difficult to work and study at the same time?
It is hard, but l want to attend classes and meet many friends as a university student. So, I come to school every day, even though I’m tired.
Q. Are there any difficulties while taking school classes?
If I come to school at 6p.m. after work, I have to skip meals and take classes because I do not have time. It is hard to take a class without eating after work. Also, elective classes are sometimes hard to understand. Elective classes are taken with young students, so it is sometimes difficult to understand because they are tailored to them. In addition, I want to be able to use the computer, but I’m not so good. I can use Hangul and Word to write reports, but there are many things I do not know yet, and it is hard to include things like visuals or tables.
Q. Are there any activities you wanted to do when you entered university?
I wanted to do club activities. Unfortunately, it is difficult to hang out with club members, due to the age difference, but I’m interested in many clubs on campus. Currently, I can not join the clubs because of COVID-19, but I’m the president of a history club called “Zelkova.” I want to go to Nonsan with my club members and make various memories, such as a tea experience, silk dyeing, and a refreshment experience.
Q. How about the TA program on campus?
TA is very helpful to me. TA teachers kindly teach each elementary part, so TA activities are very good programs.
Q. What do TA teachers teach you?
I study computers, math, and English and ask the teachers if I have any questions. I ask the computer teachers what I can not do with Hangul and Word, and how to use a laptop. I make demands, such as differential and statistics for math teachers, and I ask questions and review what I do not understand. I have to ask my English teachers about practical English. I am learning English in advance to speak English freely at foreign restaurants or airports. Sometimes I learn pop songs. It is so fun to sing together.
Q. Is there anything you want from the school, other than the TA program?
It would be nice to create a lounge to talk with friends and eat snacks. I was busy at work, so I do not have time to meet and could not communicate with my friends often.
Q. What do you want to do when you graduate from HBNU?
I want to be a start-up instructor. I want to help people create jobs. Also, I have a lot of interesting tea, so I want to run a women’s community at the CHACHACHA Cultural Solidarity. I will learn about different tea types and tea culture, in order to run a small tea shop when I get older.
They will have difficulty learning school classes. It is difficult for some students to submit their assignments due to their lack of understanding of the program. It is also difficult for them to participate in on-line classes such as the Google and Zoom online classes which have currently replaced the normal classes. Nevertheless, it is impressive that he does not give up and still makes an effort to learn.