Famed American actor, Zachary Scott, once said, “As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.” Have you ever felt this way? People usually regret things they did not attempt rather than their failed attempts. The newly reorganized club, “Illusion” created the slogan, 101 things that people in their 20’s should do, and attempts to complete members’ bucket lists together. The Sookmyung Times (SMT) met the chief of Illusion, Yang Jaeyeoung (YANG) and fell into the club’s sweet illusion!
SMT Illusion was well known as a club that shares magic knowledge and trick knowhow. What sparked an overhaul to its character?
YANG Illusion was once a multi-club association geared towards street magic and related video clips. It spanned 2 decades. From last semester, we made some changes and took on a new purpose—a club aimed at completing members’ bucket lists. Frankly, the club ran into complications as a “magic” club since club activities were quite limited. Therefore, it was hard to recruit new members. The club needed more participation from students to keep its activities steady. Thus, we changed the club’s purpose and activities. Naturally, there existed resistance during the transition period because pain always follows the change. Now that we have completely restructed our club, we emphasize participation during our new member selection process.
SMT Everyone has a bucket list. The club must encounter difficulties trying to meet everyone’s listed items.
YANG Actually, everything is proceeding comparatively smoothly. Compared to other multi-club associations, which have abstract mottos, we are more systematic and maintain internal stability since we move forward with a standard, namely, our bucket lists. In addition, the club members’ varied bucket lists arising from membership from diverse school and majors can actually be advantageous in terms of adding variety and attracting novel ideas. Every week, each member brings to the club his/her own bucket list, and we choose three of them to work on for the week. The three selected members host the week’s meetings and schedule items to be completed from the bucket lists. Planning requires much effort and a considerable amount of time. However, it is our club’s precious asset since through the work we raise our sense of team work spirit and connection to others.
SMT Are there any activities your club would like to recommend or share to people in their 20’s?
YANG We hope people in their 20’s have various experiences with others such as participating in a music band or traveling with a group. Through these activities, students will feel the power of synergy from a sense of achievement. We recently had fun with climbing Namsan Tower, bungee jumping and treasure hunting. We gained a closer sense of friendship by putting our heads together and planning the events’ schedule. In some way, it really looks like we do ‘nothing.’ However, we appreciate our time sharing memories created together through the interesting experiences. Also, there is saying, “Two heads are better than one.” It is easier to implement one’s bucket list with others rather than alone. Next semester, we are planning to participate in diverse volunteering activities. Besides, we plan to create a gourmet restaurant map that will introduce tasty food in the vicinity of each member’s home.