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‘Calculus Chocolates’ Offer Sweet Relief for Korean Students


Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

That is, unless you buy a box from Piaf Artisan Chocolatiers in South Korea. And if your life revolves around studying, like most Korean students during the annual college entrance exam season, a box of Piaf Artisan chocolates might be exactly what you’re looking for.

The latest work from the Seoul-based chocolatier features candies decorated with calculus equations. Assuming the chocolate is delicious, this could very well be the perfect food for thought.

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“I hope these can bring a smile to their faces as they get themselves prepared for the exams,” creator Ko Eun-su told the Wall Street Journal.

Ko, who left a seven-year career as a computer engineer to pursue his passion in chocolate-making, explained that he took the project “very seriously.” But the feedback wasn’t quite what he expected.

“[Customers] said people cracked up when they got these [chocolates],” he said.

The calculus chocolates are sold in box sets of four, nine and 15, and they will run you 13,000 won ($12), 25,000 won ($23) and 39,000 won ($36) respectively. Each box also comes with a helpful booklet explaining the equations.

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You can check out the rest of Piaf Artisan Chocolatier’s creations at their Facebook page.

Images via Piaf Artisan Chocolatier

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Student Spotlight: Michigan State Triple Feature

This week’s KoreAm U Student Spotlight features three students in their last year of law school  at Michigan State University: William Cho, Daniel DJ Kim and Harry Jung (left to right, above).

Give a little description about yourselves and where you’re from.

Will: We are all very fortunate to be in the same graduating class representing the West Coast, Midwest, and the East Coast. I went to high school in La Crescenta near Los Angeles, DJ grew up in West Bloomfield near Detroit, and Harry grew up around New York City. For undergrad, I went to UC San Diego, DJ went to the University of Michigan, and Harry went to Hamilton College. We all took some time off before law school and now we’re in our last year of law school.

We possess three distinct personalities but we also have many similar stories about growing up as Korean Americans. We always joke about each other’s clothes or word choices as our regional stereotypes really started to show when we started hanging out.

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As the first generation in your families to attend law school in the United States, what else has brought you guys together throughout the years?

We found out that we are all first-born sons to immigrant parents, so we always talk about our parents’ strong expectations concerning everything from education to marriage. We also all have younger siblings so we often discuss how Korean culture has affected our additional responsibilities to them and our family.

Our theme to get us through our last year of law school is to embody 정 (jeong) and 깡 (kgang). As we start to make our way into the real world, we don’t want to forget where we came from, while still pursuing our life and career goals. We were brought together by recognizing 정 and we were able to get through life’s obstacles through our 깡. When we were younger, it felt like our parents expectations felt like nagging but as we got older we began to understand that they meant the best for us.

Although we may not all be practicing attorneys right out of law school, we are grateful that our parents have steered us in the right direction to put ourselves in a position to pursue our own career path with the same 정 and 깡 that our parents had when they first came to the U.S. With our degrees, we hope that we can continue the tradition by helping the next generation of Korean Americans pursue their career paths whether they are through traditional or nontraditional paths.

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What are you favorite things about your school?

We love the tradition of Big Ten athletics at our school. Our law school is still fairly new but we see the potential of MSU Law making a bigger name itself academically and in the legal market. We were all drawn to the strong presence of football, basketball. Coaches Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo are great examples of advocating gritty fundamentals and establishing success through teamwork.

After a rough season in our first year, it was amazing to witness our team winning the Rose Bowl last year. Attending a school with high levels of school spirit really makes a difference. The energy on campus during game day is electric and it’s amazing to be a part of global Spartan network. Go Green!

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Are there any organizations/clubs you are involved in? Tell us about what you’re up to!

There’s a wide variety of organizations on campus and it’s a great way to meet new people with similar interests. We have to spend a lot of time with the same people for class so it’s nice to come together for reasons other than academics.

DJ is the president of the Sports Law and Entertainment Society. The organization books speakers such as former sports agents to come speak about sports law. The organization also helps students network with other grad students by hosting a football game against the business school. Harry works at the Investor Advocacy Clinic where he helps represent investors with disputes and other legal programs when they are not able to secure a private attorney. I run the International Law Society where I work with the other ethnic and cultural organizations at school to help students find opportunities to work and study abroad.

Outside of school we participate in intramural sports in football, basketball, and hockey. Being from California, it’s been fun finding new places to play hockey such as rivers or outdoor rinks.

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What was the hardest thing you’ve done so far?

Getting through our first year was difficult in that you really had to change the way you think and study. It’s almost like a boot camp for your mind and there are some professors that treat it that way. Time management was critical with the heavy workload but you eventually learn the system and find what you’re good at. The key thing is to find the right balance of work and fun to keep a positive and healthy mind, especially through the frigid, gloomy winter months.

Have you had any study abroad experiences?

Harry went to Korea through a program at Fordham University where he took classes and had an internship with Samsung. DJ and I both studied in Europe through MSU Law’s programs. DJ spent his summer in Croatia studying Intellectual Property during the first year Croatia was official accepted into the European Union. I was in Poland studying European Union law and had an internship researching mining law in Poland. It was fascinating to visit the sites of many significant historical events such as the Warsaw Uprising and Auschwitz.

From top to bottom: Harry, DJ and Will.

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Will abroad

Our international experiences haves given us a broader perspective of the law and we were able to interact and make lasting friendships with foreign law students for the first time. We all hope to continue to travel to bring our cultures together.

Your go-to food places:

You can never go wrong with Dae Jang Geum in East Lansing. It opened less than a year ago and it has quickly become the best local spot for Korean food. The owner is the nicest lady and keeps the recipes authentic. Their Dak kalbi is phenomenal and has gained many new fans from our classmates. Harry could easily eat here eight times a week (he often does).

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After a night out, we usually find ourselves at Udon Sushi (pictured above). They’re open until 3am and offer a mix of Chinese and Korean food. The owner is Korean but grew up in China before coming to the U.S. There is always a fun atmosphere there and their seafood pancake is near perfect!

What songs are representative of your life right now?

Our school’s unofficial anthem, “Rich Homie Quan – Some Type of Way”

And our personal favorite is Mr. Yang’s rendition of “About a Week Ago” from Bobby Shmurda

What does your typical night out consist of?

We’ll gather up our classmates and meet at the bars in East Lansing. Our favorites are Dublin and PT O’Malley’s on the weekend for cheap drinks and good music. Thursdays are our signature karaoke night at Crunchy’s where they offer delicious pizza and literally buckets of beer!

What’s your go-to selfie face?

Harry is the selfie master and has his own signature look that adapts to any time and place.

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If you were trapped on a remote island, what would be your assigned tasks to survive?

DJ has always been the ambassador over the years so he would be in charge of negotiating with any of the natives on the island so that we could share the island and live in peace. Harry would be in charge of defending our settlement from any hostile people or animals. If we were to make any shelter, he’d also be the one moving the logs around. I just love to eat so I’d be in charge of the cooking and farming. I’ll make sure there’s good food and drink to get our mind off being trapped on a remote island.

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SAT Cheating Investigation: The Latest Scandal in SKorean Education


Thousands of Chinese and South Korean students who took their SATs earlier this month will have to wait a bit longer for their scores to arrive. The Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the exam around the world, is temporarily withholding scores in response to allegations of cheating, according to the New York Times.

The Educational Testing Service, which is contracted by the College Board to administer the test overseas, said in a statement that they had “specific, reliable information” that there were “organizations that seek to illegally obtain test materials for their own profit, to the ultimate detriment of all students.” The ETS also said it would investigate and release valid scores by mid-November.

The SAT is a crucial test for international students applying for American colleges and universities. Unfortunately for the students affected in this latest cheating scandal, they won’t be able to send their scores in time to make the early decision deadline, which is at the end of October for most institutions.

An executive director at Princeton Review’s Hong Kong and Shanghai divisions told TIME that most of the students who are applying for early decision to American universities already have scores from past tests, but most likely took the October exam in hopes of submitting a higher score.

Students took to social media and message boards, understandably expressing concerns over whether or not their chances of admission would be affected. ETS spokesman Thomas Ewing assuaged these fears, telling TIME this past Wednesday that ETS would “make universities aware of the circumstances and supply students with a letter to share with the schools to which they are applying.” Other admissions counselors also commented that the delay would not hurt chances of admissions — as long as they weren’t implicated in the investigation.

The news isn’t all too surprising, especially regarding the highly competitive South Korean education system. In the past, a number of preparation schools have been accused of acquiring test questions in advance and then sharing them with their clientele — the students. The SAT was cancelled in South Korea in May of last year, and 900 scores were voided in 2007 due to the same reports.

The picture gets worse in the case of the yearly college entrance exam, which is considered a “make-or-break” moment for young Koreans. The South Korean Ministry of Education faces a difficult task of fixing a system that has been described as an “arms race.” Parents reportedly paid $18 billion in 2013 for private education in cram schools, also known as hagwons, to gain an advantage in the yearly college entrance exam. An average household of two children spends more than 4 million won ($3,946), or about 10 percent of monthly income, on private education.

Most of the money goes to private English lessons, which explains the bottomless need for English teachers. In August, Education Minister Hwang Woo-yea said the ministry was considering changing the grading system for English, one of the most competitive subjects in the entrance exam. According to previous test-takers, a single wrong answer in English could mean a student missing the cut for the highest tier of scoring to be considered for an elite university.

All that spending and stressing apparently isn’t paying off too handsomely. Learning company EF Education First ranked South Korea at No. 24 among 60 countries in English proficiency.

Lying on college applications is a rampant issue as well, according to Joongang Daily. Students include awards that don’t exist, volunteer and extracurricular activities they’ve never done and awards they’ve never received. In many instances, their teachers have no problem writing recommendation letters full of activities and achievements the student never fulfilled. A system that was meant to help rural and lower income students by taking the focus off standardized test scores doesn’t have the capacity and regulations to properly screen applicants.

Since 2011, South Korea has led the world in the percent of young adults with a college education, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). But as always, the numbers don’t tell the whole story — after all, an incredibly competitive system that drives many to cheat, lie and spend huge amounts of money can’t be healthy for the students.

A poll by the Korea Health Promotion Foundation taken earlier this year revealed that over half of the teens polled said they had suicidal thoughts this year, and one in three said they felt very depressed. In addition, almost half of the teens polled said school pressure and uncertainty of the future were the main causes of stress. This is evident in Korean Students Speak, a Tumblr project created by a group of Fulbright English Teaching Assistants who wanted to allow their students to creatively express their opinions about anything. Many students took the opportunity to vent and express their frustrations about the pressure of school.

Test scores and intensive education may have made sense during the “age of industrialization,” said Lee Ju-ho, an academic at a think tank in Seoul and former education minister. But not anymore.

“We look into the ways to reform our education system not based on test scores, but based on creativity and social and emotional capacities,” Lee told BBC News last year.

Education Minister Seo Nam-Soo echoed the same sentiment, which is at least a start. “We still have a long way to go,” he said, “but we are doing some soul-searching in our society, and our goals now are about how to make our people happier.”

Image via Education News

College Fair

Korea Daily’s 9th Annual Los Angeles College Fair


The days are growing shorter, and college students have already begun heading back to their institutions of learning and enlightenment, except for the University of California students, who will be sitting on their laurels until the beginning of October. For their younger high school counterparts, those entering their senior year will soon be forced to think about what they will do beyond next summer, if they haven’t started worrying already.

For those in need of some guidance, the Korea Daily College Fair might be exactly what you need. Both students and parents in the Los Angeles area are encouraged to attend this year’s fair to find out more about curriculum, admissions, financial aid and even tips on campus life.

The 9th annual L.A. College Fair will be held on Sept. 20 at Choong Hyun Mission Church in Los Angeles (address below).

Apart from the seminars and workshops, attendees will also be able to listen meet successful graduates, including Arden Cho, Steve Jung, Sally Na, Tae Eun Kim, and Janet Kwon. Anyone who needs more direct help will be able to hold one-on-one counseling sessions with admissions consultants.

Students thinking about a particular school can also meet representatives from over 50 colleges and universities. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and find out as much as you can. If you don’t come home with a backpack full of brochures and pamphlets, you haven’t done enough.

You can find out more about the Korea Daily College Fair on their website. They’ve also listed a few tips for students and parents to look over before hitting the fair.

Click here for tickets for the Los Angeles fair (same-day registration is at 9:30 a.m. at the fair).

For those outside of Los Angeles, you can check out fairs in Atlanta on Sept. 13 and New York on Sept. 27.

David Chang

Student Spotlight: Boston College’s David Chang

What’s the best thing about your school?
The Jesuit tradition. I didn’t really know what that meant before college but I see BC does not aim to produce doctors, lawyers, and etc. Instead, BC wants to make better men and women so we can make the world a better place.

Give a little description of your background (where did you grow up, etc.).
I grew up on the north shore of Long Island. My town was mostly made up of white Jewish peoples so Bar and Bat Mitzvahs were the social events to attend. I did not always embrace my Korean heritage because I wanted to fit in to the community I grew up in.

This mindset came from me realizing I was different. For example, in the first grade when my classmates told each other their middle names, I felt different. I heard “normal” names like Andrew, Evan, and Michael but mine was not “normal.” My middle name is the Romanization of my Korean name-Keunchul. Eventually, my classmates turned to me and asked me what my middle name is. I was embarrassed because it was different and difficult to pronounce but eventually I relented. The result of sharing a little part of my identity was humiliation. The other kids laughed and made fun of me that led me to cry.

This started a phase in which I hid my Korean culture from my friends. I refused to learn Korean and felt indifferent of issues concerning Korea. As I got older, I realized how important being Korean was and I started to identify myself as Korean American rather than just American. Although I supported the U.S. over Korea during the World Cup, I’m still connected with my roots.

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Are there any organizations/clubs you are involved in? Tell us about what you’re up to!
I am a news producer for Boston College Television. I basically help research news and find interesting topics and events on campus to film. Film/TV production has always been a hidden passion of mine and I never really acted on it until I came to college and joined this group.

I am also involved in programs held by the Office of First Year Experience (FYE) as well as working for FYE as an Administrative Assistant. At Boston College, we believe that the first year in college is a critical year for growth.

My favorite program that FYE has to offer is 48 Hours. 48 Hours is a weekend retreat for freshmen to talk about their experience so far academically, socially and spiritually. Ten senior leaders help facilitate these conversations and six sophomore Point Guards make sure the weekend is fun and meaningful for all. I went on 48 Hours as a freshman and I was lucky enough to come back sophomore year as a Point Guard! Point Guarding was so much fun because I was able to see the program from the other side and made great friends through the leadership team.

In addition, I am part of Appalachia Volunteers, which takes a group of students that give up their spring break to do service related work throughout the Appalachia region. It’s not a typical service trip. The Appalachia Volunteers program introduces students to the Catholic Jesuit mission of the university, encourages students to integrate moral and ethical principles with their experience of service and immersion and helps them decide how to use their gifts in service to others. It’s truly a program that has inspired me to do more service work and at the same time, I made some of my best friends through the trip!

Your go-to food place:
Le’s Vietnamese Restaurant in Boston. I never had pho before I got to college but now I am hooked.

I also love Italian food. So anywhere on the North End of Boston is good eating.

What was the hardest thing you’ve done so far?
Running the Boston Marathon was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I wasn’t much of runner before college but after what happened in 2013, it only inspired me more to run it. The whole experience was crazy and parts of it I really wanted to die but moments like my parents surprising me at mile 13 in Wellesley, seeing my friends at mile 21 in BC, and the final mile made it all worth it. It’s an experience that I’ll never forget.

What is your best student-budget recipe?
I love to cook. Baked ziti and lasagna are my specialties.


Who has been an influential figure in your life?
My dad and his dad. Those two are the greatest people I know.

My dad came to the US after he graduated from medical school in Korea. He spoke no English and struggled to try to make something happen in medicine. Now he’s the chief of his department at the hospital he’s been with for over twenty years.

My grandfather escaped from North Korea to South Korea during the Korean War with my grandmother, aunt, and two uncles. He died when I was little, but without his courage and resilience, we wouldn’t have a future.

What has been your favorite memory so far?
Ugh this is tough. Besides the Boston Marathon, I’d have to say my internship in Korea. In the summer of 2013, I had the opportunity to intern at KBS for a program dubbed Cool Kiz on the Block. It was really cool to be able to see the behind the scenes work that goes into a television show and I got to meet some Korean celebrities. One time during the show, we went on location to a rural part of Korean and after filming, we had a barbecue together and it was an awesome time. I also was able to have a good conversation with John Park from American Idol … in English!

If you could sum up your life as a student in three words, they would be…
Stressful, exciting, and unpredictable.

Is there anywhere in the world where you’d want to study abroad? Where is it, and why?
I’d want to go South America. It’d be a huge change of scenery and there’s so many cool places to go. Machu Picchu is on my bucket list.

What song is representative of your life right now?
“Give a Little Love” by Noah & the Whale.


Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’m hopefully doing something that makes me happy or preparing for my career. I am studying to get into medical school so that’s the current plan but if I’ve learned anything from life, things can change. Not sure if that’s a good thing ;)

What’s your go-to selfie face? (A picture is obviously necessary.)
Hate doing selfies…

Coffee, tea, energy drinks, “crazier stuff,” or nothing at all?
Anything mocha, or black coffee. I don’t really like the taste of black coffee but the bitterness wakes me up. It also helps if it’s cold.

Who’s the person/people you can rely on for anything?
My former boss Chris. He was not only a great boss but a mentor and friend. Even though we don’t see each other as often as we did, he always makes sure to check in on me from time to time. We’ve had a lot of good times and he’s always been there for the not so good times.



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Aimee Dockum

Student Spotlight: CSU Fresno’s Aimee Dockum

Give a little description of your background (where did you grow up, etc.).
Hi, my name is Aimee Dockum and I’m a music performance major at Fresno State. I’ve been playing the cello for over 11 years, and it’s because of my cello professor that I am who I am today. I met him when he first joined the institution–Dr. Thomas Loewenheim–he took me under his wing and I grew exponentially as a musician and as a person.

I’m an adopted Korean, and in high school had been suffering a major identity crisis. I didn’t know what to do and was failing academically. I felt so lost … but Dr. Loewenheim helped me through it all an i was able to successfully join the college in 2012. Upon becoming an official Bulldog, I found my path. My studies have been getting better and better, I now know what I want to do with my life, and have matured so much.

Even before being in college, I had the amazing opportunity to study with professors and participate in the orchestra.

Now, as a college student, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to represent my school all over the West Coast. Fresno State has hosted multiple international music festivals, such as FOOSA and FiYO. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to meet and play with some of the greatest musicians in the world- such as Lynn Harrell, a two-time Grammy Award Winning Cellist.

Last school year, I won the Fresno State Concerto Competition and was able to play the Lalo Cello Concerto in D Minor with the school’s orchestra.

Because of all the support and knowledge this university has given me, I’m well on my way to becoming a professional world-renowned musician.

Aimee Dockum

Are there any organizations/clubs you are involved in? Tell us about what you’re up to!
I just helped in founding a new club at Fresno State! This year is New Music Ensemble’s first year as a recognized club. It’s a group of talented students who play works by living composers! A lot of the time we feature the schools very own student composition majors. We have a concert coming up on halloween, and are always looking for composers to send us their pieces.

What’s the best thing about your school?
The best thing about my school is how supportive they are of their students. The music department here is so encouraging and always pushing us to reach a higher level. It’s really very heartwarming to know such a great faculty is working at Fresno State.

Your go-to food place:
Sweet Tomatoes. I like to think I’m classy, but the idea of a buffet always wins me over … Haha. I also love this local Korean food place by my school called Samos Kitchen, the ahjussi there is so nice to me and always welcomes my friends and me.

What is your best student-budget recipe?
I’m a horrible cook, so the best attempt I can make is instant ramen…

What has been your favorite memory so far?
Favorite memory so far has been performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with FOOSA, a summer string academy held at our school. It was such a wonderful experience and the hall is so beautiful!


Tell us about your favorite and least favorite classes.
My favorite class is my private lesson time, because my professor is amazing and I always learn so much. My least favorite class… environmental studies. To me all the rocks and dirt look and feel pretty much the same, trying to differentiate all of them just makes my head spin *_*

Do you have a worst roommate story? Let’s hear it.
I don’t have a roommate … However this past summer I roomed with two of my friends and learned we could go through multiple cartons of ice cream in a night for two full weeks … Hagen Daaz will be the death of me.

Who has been an influential figure in your life?
My cello professor, Dr. Thomas Loewenheim. He’s helped keep me on track and has supported me 200% ever since I met him. He’s so passionate about music and it’s so contagious that I’ve become incredibly passionate about music, too. His dream is to make Fresno the best big “hub” of music, which at first I thought was ridiculous, but he’s come so far these past years that I believe he can do anything.

If you could sum up your life as a student in three words, they would be…
Coffee, music, coffee…

Is there anywhere in the world where you’d want to study abroad? Where is it, and why?
Germany! I’ve been working towards that goal for a while. So much history, so man beautiful landmarks … The Berlin Philharmonic is there, and I’ve always wanted to be a part of that. So being able to study in the same place that they reside in would be way too cool. So many music greats took place there, I just want to immerse myself in the culture.

What was the hardest thing you’ve done so far?
Playing for Janos Starker.

Now, it doesn’t seem so bad, but Janos Starker is a music legend. Cellists dream of playing for him. I was a 14-year-old dork that didn’t know how big of a deal he was. So I went in, scuffed jeans and beat up converse, and (attempted) to play my piece for him. He stopped me not even halfway through, told me my fingers were too weak, and made me cry like a baby. That lone moment is such huge motivation for me to take things seriously.

What song is representative of your life right now?
“Stuntman” by DANakaDAN

He’s also a Korean Adoptee and everything he writes has really struck home with me.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I have no clue. Hopefully in an orchestra, doing what I love. Or traveling the world eating my heart out, one city at a time…

What was the last book you read…for fun?
Kafka on the Shore by Murakami. It quite literally blew my mind.

What does your typical day consist of?

Wake up, work (I teach at a high school), school, practice, more school, teach (I teach private lessons too), practice, and sleep. Somewhere in there I manage to fit in Instagram binging and Tumblr obsessing.

What does your typical night out consist of?
Grabbing tea and watching an abnormal amount of movies (particularly Hayao Miyazaki films). Honestly, as long as I’m with my friends, we can do anything and I’d be happy.

If you had to evacuate your dorm/apartment/house immediately, what one item would you grab on the way out?
My cello… I mean, she’s 200 years old…

What’s your go-to selfie face?

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Coffee, tea, energy drinks, “crazier stuff,” or nothing at all?
Coffee and tea.

Who’s the person/people you can rely on for anything?
My best friend, Patricia. She also plays the cello, and I met her in college. She’s so sweet and so supportive of everything i do, and always has my back. I love her to death and I probably wouldn’t be sane if it weren’t for her!


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Lydia Suh

Student Spotlight: Western Kentucky University’s Lydia Suh

Give a little description of your background (where did you grow up, etc.).
I have always lived in small towns where the Asian population is little to none. I never thought it was weird being the only Korean in my class. To me, it was weird when tons of Asian people were together; I felt out of place.

Your go-to food place:
Since I’ve been in California, Chipotle.

Tell us about your favorite and least favorite classes.
My favorite classes are labs because they are hands on. I like being able to move around and actually do something rather than sit and write notes while a teacher is lecturing.

Do you have a worst roommate story? Let’s hear it.
When I was in 7th grade I went to summer camp. My roommate had a baby doll that she thought was real, and it was creepy. I would walk into the room and turn on the lights, and she would quickly turn them back off because the baby was sleeping. It was definitely an experience.

Who has been an influential figure in your life?
My little sister has been really influential because she is always there for me. She is so strong and can make light of any situation. If you need to laugh she’s the first person you should talk to.

If you could sum up your life as a student in three words, they would be…
Stressful, time-management, fun.

Is there anywhere in the world where you’d want to study abroad? Where is it, and why?
I would love to go to Europe because I’ve never been. I have always loved traveling, and a couple of my friends studied in Europe last semester and loved it.

What was the hardest thing you’ve done so far?
College, because you suddenly become independent and you have to find the right balance between school and fun.

What song is representative of your life right now?
“Long Way Home” – 5 Seconds of Summer

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully I’ll be able to support myself with a job that I enjoy.

What was the last book you read…for fun?
The Maze Runner

What does your typical day consist of?
Wake up, get stuff done, eat, hang out with friends, sleep.

What does your typical night out consist of?
Spending hours figuring out what to do because all my friends are indecisive, then ending up going to steak’n shake, waffle house, or IHOP.

If you had to evacuate your dorm/apartment/house immediately, what one item would you grab on the way out?
If I was at home I would grab the photo albums, but if i was at the dorm it would be my laptop.

Apple or Android, or neither?

Mac or PC, or neither?

What’s your favorite tree?
Pecan, because there was a pecan tree in my backyard growing up and we would always pick the pecans and eat them.


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College Students, Embrace Your Spotlight!

It’s already nearing the end of August, and for those on a regular academic schedule, that means school and lectures and parties you have to attend. But no fear! KoreAm is here to help you ease back into your semesters, quarters or what have you.

Going to college is all about meeting the right people, whether it be the right friends, roommates, professors, study buddies or BP partner. But usually, that’s limited to where you’re able to go. Why not get a head start with our new feature, Student Spotlight?

In the vein of I Am KoreAm, Student Spotlight is geared specifically for college and university students. We figured with tens of thousands of Korean American and Korean international students spread across the United States, they’d want a way to connect with others–as well as see what’s going on outside of their own bubble.

If you’re a current student and would like to participate, send an email to KoreAm.U@iamkoream.com with the subject heading “STUDENT SPOTLIGHT.” Please include your full name, class year, institution name and major. Then, complete this sentence: “I am proud to be a [school mascot] because…”

If selected, we will send you a questionnaire along with a few more details.


Student Spotlight is the precursor to our upcoming online extension, KoreAm U! We will be announcing more news about that shortly, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

Class of 2014, did you just miss the cut? Alumni, do you feel left out? No worries! Check out KoreAm’s Alumni Catalogue! For everyone else, check out our I Am KoreAm feature!