Soo Jin Lee is a global grad from South Korea, and is enrolled in a doctoral program in the School of Education.
- What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place to study?
Well, first I liked the studies done by the UNC School of Education faculty members. Their philosophy of appreciating diverse cultures intrigued me a lot. And I also love this mild and beautiful weather! I hate when it is cold. Even though it’s been raining a lot lately, the Carolina Blue sky is so lovely when it’s not. Oh, and for my parents, the safe environment of Chapel Hill appealed to them very much.
- What is the most different thing you’ve seen or experienced since being here in comparison to your home country?
The classroom environment is the biggest difference for me. My classroom experience previously was more like “learning from teachers” rather than “I’m participating in active discussion”. That is, it was usually that teachers hand over their knowledge, and I, as a student, received it. Here at UNC, I am encouraged to speak up and everyone in class appreciates my perspective and knowledge. It is so cool.
3. What is something you wish you had known before moving here?
The different classroom environment. I think I could have prepared for it better. Also, I wish I had known that finding funding resources as an international student can be difficult.
4. Where is a place in your home country that every tourist should visit and why?
Seoul is the most popular spot in South Korea because it is the capital city. It is beautiful, but I recommend that you visit Jeju Island as well. It is a small island, with a fantastic view. The emerald-colored ocean, white sand… and when it is Spring, the whole island will be bright-yellow with the Yuchae flower, it is really mind-blowing. There are many lovely cafes and good diners as well.