Alumni Stories


In this inspirational series our alumni share, in their own words, stories of overcoming challenges, setting up pioneering projects, and bringing about positive change in the world.


I was first introduced to the Korean Language Flagship program during my search for universities that offered Korean major programs. What attracted me most was that not only was it the first of its kind, but also, when compared to other programs, it appeared to be the most well-established. I wanted to join because I felt that the Flagship would give me the best support system to achieve fluency and my degree. In addition, the internship portion was something I was really excited about-no other university offered anything similar to it. My entire family and my friends have been very supportive, and sometimes when I talk to them about the Flagship program, they’re amazed. Flagship has been an incredible experience for me. As a new transfer student, my first semester here was very nerve-wracking, especially because it had been a long time since I had attended a four-year university. Through the attentiveness, patience, and understanding of my teachers and the friends I’ve made in this program, my confidence, while still not where I want it to be, has increased since starting the Flagship program. My tutor has been great as well. I’ve learned a lot from her, and as a result, I think my speaking confidence has gotten higher. If there’s any advice that I’d like to give, it would be to not be afraid to make mistakes, because you will make them time and time again. What’s important is to learn from them, lean on the support from fellow cohorts, and never be afraid to ask the teachers for more help when you feel you need it.


My first couple semesters after joining the Korean Language Flagship, I felt very welcomed and felt a sense of community. I have made countless amazing memories with peers and teachers, and I look forward to new experiences at the Korean Language Flagship. Being in...

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The process of creating, editing, and working on my presentations has been very detailed. From outlines to audio recordings of practicing my presentation, a lot of work and help has gone into it. Seeing a topic grow into a PPT, which is accompanied by audio recordings...

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The presentations were a great learning experience that expanded my knowledge beyond just the language but also on social and economic issues in Korea present at hand. It provided a space for me to culminate my learning throughout the course into a presentation,...

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I joined Korean Language Flagship to perfect my Korean skills. Being in Korean Flagship made me realize how beautiful Korean language is. There are numerous expressions and words to express or explain [something]. I believe through reading and vocabs, grammar can...

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In 403 and 404 we were required to present a lesson in our textbook. We put in the content in the textbook but we also include some research contents. Since we have to read carefully and also research on our own, I think this helped us with preparing for bigger...

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