Why did you decide to study in the USA?
I was majoring in English Literature in Korea. I’ve always wanted to study English. Then I had a military service in the Republic of Korea Air Force. I dreamt about studying abroad since after the military experience. Then, I decided to come to the USA—America has the best education system in the world.
Why did you choose Delaware County Community College?
Before I came to the United States, I wanted to study in the East Coast of America. This is because I think the East Coast of America has a better educational prestige. I was looking for the best school, which offered good programs for international students and Delaware County Community College (DCCC) was suitable for my consideration.
What do you like best?
DCCC has a number of advisors for its international students. For example, there are housing transfer advisors and they help students in many ways. Also, the school has great ESL programs. I liked the way they cared about international students.
What do you miss most?
I miss my family and friends.
What was your biggest surprise?
American college students are not afraid to express their opinions in a class. They don’t only listen, but also, they have a conversation with their professor. It’s a totally different atmosphere from Korea.
How have you handled:
... language differences?
I was trying to read, listen, and talk in English as many as possible. That’s all I can do.
... adjusting to a different educational system?
I was trying to act like American students. I tried to talk in a class.
What are your activities?
I was in charge of the Multicultural Club in our school. It was a great experience. Thanks to the experience, I improved my leadership and English skills. Moreover, it provided me good chances to make friends.
How easy or difficult was making friends?
It was difficult at first, but as time goes by it’s getting better.
How relevant is your U.S. education to your personal goals and to the needs of your country?
My dream is to create a global business. Through the experience in America, I hope to approach my dreams. Moreover, it will be a foothold for my future career with the English skills that I learned in the United States.
What is your advice to other students who are considering a U.S. education?
Set up your goal and do your own thing. It’s not easy but at the same time, it’s not hard. Just take a step toward the goal. I know you will be unsteady sometimes, but if you have a big dream and take a step, your dream will come true someday.