East Asian Studies
Hometown: Brighton, MI
Major: East Asian Studies, Japan track
Study Abroad: Kyoto, Japan
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cake Ice Cream
Best Adjective to Describe You: Indefinable
In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Because the world is bigger than your high school.
What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
Being Korean-born, my past and future are inextricably tied to East Asia.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Be prepared to discard your preconceived notions of the East, and embrace learning wholeheartedly.
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I’m a videogame maniac, and I like Pokemon too much... Connect the dots.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The key to curing yourself of ignorance is to stop being defensive and admit that you’ve spent most of your life being wrong about things. (It’s never too late to change.)
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Japanese Language in Society was both fun and abundantly informative. It really rounded out my understanding of the language.
What is your SIP?
Your guess is as good as mine...
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Whatever brings me back to Japan; preferably it would involve some sort of translation work.