Hello, my name is Kim Ji-yoon, and I studied Fashion Design at Dongduk Women's University. First of all, I would like to thank my friend working for Kyungnam Times for giving me the opportunity to write this article. I first encountered a magazine called Kyungnam Times in March of last year. I wanted to become more familiar with reading English articles, but sites like the New York Times or CNN made me overwhelmed. However, a friend of mine who is working as a reporter for the KT suggested that I should read it. Although I was worried about reading articles in English, because I haven't studied it for a long time, I was able to read it with interest as the news covered topics such as the 2030 Busan Expo, Korean age, Pok mon bread, Nuriho rocket launch, and the Ukraine-Russia war, which were all recent hot issues.
The article that caught my interest this time is about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. I have seen news about it on TV before, but I didn't have much interest in it and thought it was just a famous education program. However, after reading articles and doing some research, I found out that the program has three education courses (Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, and Diploma Program) for students aged 3 to 19, which emphasize creative and critical thinking instead of a general passive education. As someone who thinks that it would be great if Korea's general passive education changed, I believe that the IB program would help students become better and more talented individuals.
Thanks to the KT magazine, I have been able to improve my English reading skills and gain more background knowledge. I always look forward to the release of new issues. As someone who thinks that it would have been beneficial to engage in this kind of activity during university life, I have great admiration for the KT student reporters who write articles in English. I will continue to read it online in the future. Thank you for your hard work.