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A: “There’s no problem.”
B: “Good for you!”

Researcher: “There’s no problem.”
B: “Shame on you!”

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Mini workshop

Today there was a small workshop in which three students from three different labs had talks. I was one of the speakers, and I presented the WSDM paper. All the three professors (Prof. Chin-Wan Chung, Prof. Sue Moon, Prof. Alice Oh) also attended, along with Prof. Sung Hyon Myaeng. This workshop was for the students to get feedback on their papers. It was quite difficult to deliver my work to those who have little background knowledge in this research field. As I’d expected, there were some comments on my presentation structure from Prof. Moon. I love the comments and appreciate all the comments from the listeners. They tell me things I’ve not been aware of. Learning again today!

Mini workshop

Job Interview

The job interview is stressful. But it offers the opportunity to organize and summarize the ordinary things I’ve been doing probably without noticing their meanings or values. Preparing a job interview causes me to think deeply about the meanings of my life. And interview with interviewers and other interviewees also guides me to different and new thoughts of various people.

Sometimes great lessons accompany failure, but it may be a nutritious foundation for the future. How valuable are the times when I learn something. A wonderful day again today for there was something I learned.

Job Interview

Creativity

Prof. Junehwa Song always emphasizes not to stick to one research area. He even says shallow and broad is better than deep and narrow. The reason is that we get more ideas and become more creative as we experience more. I don’t know how much it applies to the field I’m working in, because the field of text analysis is very theoretic and knowledge is quite cumulative. Experience of different research areas may become important once one has established a good foundation. Well, it’s a big decision anyway. My question is what is an efficient and effective way to develop creativity in the current situation? Stuff like reading many books or talking with people from different backgrounds sounds too rough and vague. How to read a book or how to talk with people seems more important and effective. Any ideas for training creativity?

Creativity