How did you choose your degree program?
I realized that I had a passion for language and Korean holds a special place with me, so it was the obvious choice. I also realized that I enjoyed the technical side of language and understanding how language as a whole works.
How did your academic experiences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences impact you?
The more I studied Korean, both learning the language and and history behind the language, it only made me enjoy it more and realize I made the right choice. Additionally, all of the professors in the Korean department were consistent helpful and supportive and I can easily say all the of the professors were some of the best educators I've had in my educational career.
What accomplishment(s) during your time at Mason are you most proud of?
My proudest accomplishment was when I presented at the Korean department's MUSCKS conference, where I presented on my research paper. At the time, I was very hesitant, since presenting in front of people has never been a strong suit, however now, I consider it one of my proudest moments at Mason.
Are there faculty or staff members who made a difference during your Mason career?
All of the professors in the Korean department made a difference and made learning at Mason very enjoyable. The one who made a largest difference in my Mason career, however, is Dr. Jihye Moon. She's been my main professor since I first attended Mason and she's been constantly supportive and helpful in figuring out mine, and others' plans. She is also a linguist, which is important, as my minor is linguistics, so studying under her as been a blessing and an overall great experience.
What are your current career plans following graduation? What are your long-term career goals?
After graduation, I hope to attend Mason again as a graduate student. I hope to study linguistics and my long-term career goal is to specialize in Korean linguistics.