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An orientation for the Gongshin Project, organized by JoongAng Ilbo, was held on Friday, when 1,500 university students from across the nation were given tips on how to be a good mentor. By Kim Kyoung-rok


“A mentor is not someone who hands an umbrella to a mentee standing in the rain but the one who walks with a mentee in the rain,” Professor Yoo Young-man, of Hanyang University’s Department of Education Technology, told university students who applied to become mentors to younger students at the orientation of the Gongshin Project last Friday.

The Gongshin Project, or God of Study Project, is part of JoongAng Ilbo’s social contribution program, in which university students pass down their own study know how to middle and high school students wanting to learn how to study efficiently.

Before the Gongshin Project is officially launched on April 1, participants of the program were able to meet each other on Friday at Kyung Hee University’s Peace Hall. University students, who will be mentors for four months, were selected from 20 universities across the country including Kyung Hee University, Korea University, Yonsei University, Ehwa Womans University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

“Mentoring starts from having a true interest in your mentee,” said Son Joo-eun, director of Megastudy, a web-based tutorial site, to the mentors. “Change or transformation takes place when a mentor identifies with a mentee’s pain and agony,” Son added.

The university students at the orientation were full of determination. “I want to guide students and share stories of my experience of taking [the College Scholastic Ability Test] three times,” said Kim Tae-yool, a freshman at Hanyang University. “I believe I can understand and empathize with students preparing for the exam better than anyone else,” Kim added. The orientation followed an event for 2,200 middle and high school students and parents from across the country.

“I left my town Wando in south Jeolla province early in the morning to participate in the event,” said Moon Soo-won, a second-grader in high school. “Since I live in the country, there is not enough information on how to prepare for entrance examinations. I’m so excited to be here,” said Moon.


By Park Hyung-soo [enational@joongang.co.kr]


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