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Kai Potter

Kai Potter, '19, Summer Internship at the Korea Herald in Seoul, Korea, Summer 2017

September 20, 2017

              I arrived in Seoul with some idea of what to expect at the Korea Herald because one of my close friends happened to have the same internship last year. But aside from what she told me regarding the responsibilities of the position and atmosphere of the office, I went into my first day at work with as few expectations as possible, so as to keep an open mind. Initially, I was entirely new to the journalistic process and the kind of work that it entails. Having finished my internship at the Korea Herald, I am...

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Jessica Chung

Jessica Chung, '19, Summer Internship at CJ Entertainment & Media in Seoul, Korea, Summer 2017

September 1, 2017

This summer, I received the opportunity to intern with the International Sales and Distribution team at CJ E&M, South Korea’s top entertainment and media company. Growing up, I have always had an interest in the Korean media industry, watching Korean films and TV programs and following Korean music. My concentrated focus in the film industry developed throughout high school and the first couple years of college. This led me to take screenwriting and film studies courses so I could learn within the...

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Ryan Lawton

Ryan Lawton, '18, Harvard Summer School in Seoul Program, Summer 2017

September 1, 2017

Since returning from Korea, I’ve been asked “Oh, how was Korea?” quite a lot. Answering this seemingly innocuous question has given me more trouble than I could have possibly anticipated, not because I didn’t enjoy my time there – in short, Korea was wonderful – but rather because I’m not really sure where to begin. To condense the experience into whatever brief description I can offer within a normal conversation seems to be doing the trip a disservice. So instead I often...

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Marie Carroll

Marie Carroll, '20, Harvard Summer School in Seoul Program, Summer 2017

September 1, 2017

After studying abroad in Seoul for a summer in high school, I was eager to return during college. Not only did I want to become better at speaking Korean, but I hoped to learn more about Korean history and film so I could better understand Korean politics and culture, given Korea’s current relevance to both foreign affairs and the global economy. Studying these subjects in Korea presented the opportunity for language immersion and to experience Korean culture first hand.

Harvard’s...

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Maria Tirnovanu

Maria Tirnovanu, '20, Harvard Summer School in Seoul Program, Summer 2017

September 1, 2017
For me, one of the main factors in choosing the South Korean summer program was the academics, and more specifically how they would take me out of my comfort zone and teach me how to see my field through another perspective. As a social sciences person, focused on studying culture through politics or economics, looking at events through the perspective of film and art was a completely new experience. However, I found very quickly that going out of my comfort zone did not make me uncomfortable, but studying South Korean film gave me a unique and... Read more about Maria Tirnovanu, '20, Harvard Summer School in Seoul Program, Summer 2017
Samuel Oh, 2nd from left

Samuel Oh, '18, Korea Institute Undergraduate Summer Language Study Grant to Ewha (Tuition Waiver), Summer 2017

September 1, 2017

The summer I spent at Ewha’s International Summer College was perhaps one of the most memorable and personal experiences I’ve ever had. Though I grew up in a Korean household, I’ve never had a solid opportunity to connect with and explore my parent’s culture and language until attending Harvard. Taking academic Korean over the past couple of years further sparked my interests in the country, so going to Korea to further improve my language abilities seemed like the natural next option. Though I visited the country when I was eight years old, the Ewha...

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Hyeryeong Hailey Lee

Hyeryeong Hailey Lee, '19, Intern at the ROK National Assembly in Seoul, Korea, Summer 2017

August 31, 2017

At the moment I was applying for KI Summer Internship, I didn’t know a lot about politics, especially Korean politics. However, still I put it on my list because it was a revolutionary period in Korea politics, following the impeachment of the former president. Although I was born and raised in Korea, I had only a little interest in the realm of my country’s politics because of the prejudices regrading the government that most politicians are corrupt and it is...

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Isabella Kang

Isabella Kang, '20, Korea Institute Scholarship to attend SNU International Summer Institute (SNU ISI), Summer 2017

August 31, 2017

People often use the word “life-changing” to describe their time abroad. It always sounded like a cliché to me, but after my time in Seoul I understand why it is used so often to describe these experiences. To immerse oneself in a different culture is to unleash a wave of discoveries, both external and internal.

The time I spent in Seoul made up for much of the cultural knowledge I lacked growing up. I...

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