University: Harvard University
Major: English and Psychology
Languages: Korean, English
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Biography: I am a senior at Harvard University, where I chose to study English because of its emphasis on critical thinking, communication and the role these play in shaping global dialogue. It is my ardent belief that even the most profound breakthroughs will fail to solve world issues if they cannot be effectively communicated.
Having spent the past year working full-time to support my family, I have a renewed sense of urgency towards applying my experiences and resulting insights in the most meaningful way that I can. If anything, the very personal struggle that I grappled with has solidified my belief that personal gain and advancement in the pursuit of happiness is simply not enough. The opportunity to learn in an institution that remains a stark contrast to the realities of where I come from has heightened my understanding of inequality and bolstered my dream of bridging this gap for all of humanity.
As a strong advocate for literacy and enhanced communications I want to contribute to finding a solution to the larger issue of inequity in education on a global scale. While fully recognizing the loftiness of my own ambitions, I believe that there is merit in a pursuit that can be painful, difficult, and seemingly out of reach. After Harvard I plan to pursue graduate school and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). I hope to learn about all areas of an organization, assessing risk management, and developing both strategy and brand. Most importantly, I want to work creatively—whether that manifests itself in approaching an issue from a novel perspective or creating content that inspires engagement with relevant issues.