At the Penn State School of International Affairs, I have been and will continue working on bettering my Korean language and gaining better quantitative skills. My intention when I joined this program was to apply to graduate-level scholarships and securing a public-sector internship that focuses on my interests with human and economic development. Thanks to resources offered by SIA and Penn State, I will have an opportunity to apply for semester-long study abroad programs that are connected to my degree. In my second year, I look to go abroad and study in South Korea to grow my knowledge of the culture and history of the Korean peninsula.
I selected SIA over other elite programs for multiple reasons. The option to mold the program into my own was key. Though there are a set of core classes, which is typical of upper-level programs, during the second year there is no set schedule and I can take classes within any department and any discipline at the graduate level. Being within a great distance of international cities was also ideal. It goes without saying, Penn State being an Research-1 university swayed me a little too. What keeps me here and makes me proud to be a student here is having the resources of a state institution with 100,000+ students and over 600,000 alumni. The staff and faculty are so helpful and well connected and have maximized my chances of having opportunities and knowing where I need to be to get a great job after graduation.