[Student Success Story] Kim Eo-Jin won the top prize at the Suwon Sustainable Living Lab Idea Contest
There was a 16th special lecture of Student Success Story on June 10th. Kim Eo-Jin presented her story named “Challenge the contest and worthful prize: The success story of team project.” She shared her experience when she won the first prize at the Suwon Sustainable Living Lab Idea Contest, and other various activities like Daum Poem Festival, Urban Restoration Plato Start-Up School and the convergence education for humanities. We interviewed her trying to live worthful and joyful like from learning and growth.
1. Hello, nice to meet you. Please introduce yourself.
Hello! I’m Kim Eo-Jin, a second grader of Business administration. I won the first prize at at the Suwon Sustainable Living Lab Idea Contest, so I lectured as a Student Success Story speaker. It’s an honor to have an interview.
2. You have a lot of activities. Can you talk about them?
When I have a first summer vacation, I participated in Daum Poem Festival as an activist. There were events like exhibition of poetry and performances, I, as an activist, designed the festival and promoted them. And at the contest I said before, I found some parts to complement, and designed immediate childcare service and exchange work service which could create childcare community composed of parents. Based on this idea, I made an emergency childcare service with UI and I won the first prize.
<The PPT used in the contest>
In the winter vacation, I joined the Urban Restoration Plato Start-Up School and the convergence education for Humanities. In the Start-Up School, I took a start-up class and designed simple business. And in the convergence education, I learned AI and Big-Data and their examples in social science studies. I’m a member of mentoring program and promotion marketing team of Korea Student Aid Foundation.
3. Do you have interesting stories preparing contest?
Brainstorming, interviewing and feedback. We had brainstorming online by using Beecnavas. It is like a google docs which provides online team project, and it was useful to have various functions. By using it, we had brainstorming about half of an hour. We didn’t need to have a meeting, but just left a message, and it was easy to visualize the ideas of teammates.
After then, we went on an interview to Suwon to get some information. We tried a street survey, but it was hard. I felt distrust attention of citizens. Thankfully, teammates tried their best with bright will to communicate with citizens, so we finished the interview successfully. We always approached in sunny faces and present them our student ID, poster of the contest, and our ppt to explain them.
And with the feedbacks, we could improve our solution and get the prize. I have an experience to make a speech in Design-thinking education program. All participants did their feedback by 2 post-its per person, one for strong point and weak point for other. It was a lot of help. We got confidence by strong point and got unexpected ideas from the weak point.
<Kim Eo-Jin in Student Success Story speech>
4. Did you have some trouble preparing your contest? And how did you overcome it?
The most troublesome point was a spatial difference with teammates. I was far away from Seoul because of Covid-19 but other teammates were not, so we had to have meetings online. The online meetings were inefficient and hard to advance. To overcome, we made some rules to turn on the camera and microphone. Then, using the strong point of online, we had average 2 hours of meetings per a day. Also, we did not go into the next parts until we perfectly finish one part.
It was hard to decide who does what. When it comes to roll allocation, I think accuracy and fairness are the most important thing to consider. Everyone has exact roll, and the roll would not be too huge for someone. There were rolls like speech and UI-making which should be done in face-to-face contact, I had a problem that it was difficult to participate. Therefore, for fairness, offline activities were conducted by other teammates, and I did a research and arrangement, made ppt, and modified UI. However, I stayed in Seoul for a week and tried my best at the end of the contest submission period.
5. What are your future career paths and goals?
I’m interested in marketing and especially sports marketer. Rather than blindly conducting career-related activities, I want to analyze the competence of the marketer and set up a timeline to proceed with the necessary activities step by step.
I always try to live a life with learning and development and a life where I can feel a sense of accomplishment and joy from learning. I'm not just experiencing and passing through any activities, but I'm trying to be helpful and changeable.
6. Lastly, please say something to Sungkyunkwan University's business students.
I think college life is a continuation of challenges. If you are a freshman and have no experience or have vague fears about the competition, I hope you can participate in the competition at least once. As a freshman who knew nothing, I also had a chance to learn and grow a lot through the competition. And I hope all the business school students, including myself, who are working hard for their dreams, achieve their dreams!