Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
The University of Maryland is known for its high standard of teaching, its supportive atmosphere to study, and its first-class facilities. I was aware new set of obstacles awaits me as I pursue my college degree. However, I was confident I would be successful since I had learned to work hard and consistently while overcoming a language and cultural barrier. I strongly believed that my choice to build my academic career at the University of Maryland was absolutely the best decision I would make and would allow me to become a stronger and more qualified individual as I enter my career after graduation.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My goal for teaching young children, with and without disabilities, is to provide a stress-free environment, where students will learn how to overcome obstacles that arise in the world they live in, communicate effectively with others, understand and accept people who have different opinions or are from culturally different backgrounds, and take care of less fortunate people so that they can learn how to react and live morally, creatively, and productively. These are some of the traits that I believe are essential throughout one’s life, in addition to academics. For children with disabilities, I will treat them as my own and do my best to help them overcome obstacles and provide a welcoming environment. I would really like to teach children how to become decent human beings and teach them the “basics” that can contribute to children’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. I also would like to provide a stress-free environment where children can freely express their ideas and feelings, which would facilitate productive learning.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I began attending the University of Maryland, College Park in the Spring of 2014. My graduating year is 2018. I am an Early Childhood and Special Education Major.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Seoul, South Korea.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
When I was in high school, I found an an opportunity to join the Thon committee, a group which fundraises for kids with cancer. I thought this was a great opportunity to learn English through communication and make friends by sharing a common interest. By working together with Thon members, I was given an opportunity to communicate with not only Thon members and many other people that I have met through various activities. Through my participation in Thon, I not only gained a confidence in my communication skills but also gained a confidence to socialize with others.