International Studies & Political Science Major with SinWoo L. | Hope College

International Studies & Political Science Major with SinWoo L. | Hope College


My name is SinWoo majoring in political
science and international studies. Originally born in South Korea by race,
in India did all my elementary to high school there, and went to Kodaikanal International School,. So when I was in high school I did all I.B.
International Baccalaureate program and I tried all kinds of classes and the
last option was International Relations where it was like, amazing. I was like,
well, I’m gonna continue doing this in college and that’s how I chose International
Studies. So my parents are Christian missionaries pastors so as a child I
encountered a lot of like marginalized people so that influenced me a lot in
terms of picturing myself working in like Social Work field and for
International Development like humanitarian work interestingly I went to Korea for study
abroad I’m very interested in Korean politics relationship between north and
the south relationship with Japan and China in the state and I always wanted
to stay there as a college student and feel what it is to be a college kid in Korea and it was such an amazing time. I went to Yonsei University with CIEE. We
went to travel a lot like. CIEE provides a lot of traveling program. We went to
places where I’ve never been to. And, like part of Korea that like I never
experienced. My favorite place was Jeung-do. It’s like an island but the island is
promoting an environment where there’s less pollution and so it was like very
an awakening experience. So the first internship I went what was
through Washington DC Honors Semester through Political Science department. and
I interned at American Enterprise Institute. It was like nonpartisan think
tank and it was the internship is almost really good. After coming back I realized
that I’m not into politics or diplomacy, it’s more like social work. So this
semester I chose to sociology classes. Then I started looking for intern places
and I interned at Mission Partners India ever since last October until last week
of April. It was more like administrative work so even within sociology there’s an
administrative part and then field work part and I thought how about like field
work I should try. And I was looking for another internship post-graduation
opportunity and I got connected with Village Focus International Laos and I
got accepted as an intern there and I will be will be working at the shelter
where trafficked women and girls are. So it will be a good experience. It’s important to remember that we are
living in the world of interconnectedness. It’s really important
to learn about others and through learning about other culture you will
know about your own culture. I really recommend students to be
open-minded and get out of the comfort zone and learn about others.

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