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"What I like most about CNR is the communication between students and professors. I don’t think this “friendliness” would happen at a big university or college. Here at CNR the classes are small so professors knows you very well and you get to know them as people as well as teachers."

Jee Hee Yoon
Class of 2009
International Relations Major
School of Arts & Sciences
The College of New Rochelle


Where are you from, Jee Hee?

I am from Seoul, South Korea

 
How did you hear about The College of New Rochelle?

I have a friend who is currently attending CNR
and I heard it was nice school.

 
Why did you decide to attend CNR?

When I came here for an overnight, I fell in love with the campus. Everyone was so nice and the College offered me a good scholarship and financial aid. I also wanted to be in a small school where I could interact with my classmates and professors.

 
What are you studying?

My major is International Relations and I’ll graduate in 2009.


Why did you pick that subject to study?

I have always been interested in politics, other cultures, and government systems.

 
Are you involved with any clubs?

I just signed up to be part of Campus Ministry. Also I would like to be part of Amnesty International.

 
Have you studied or traveled overseas?

Only to America! I am studying overseas right now, and I have studied in various parts of America, as well as South Korea. The education system is really different between America and South Korea. Teachers are more stricter in South Korea and you don't get to give your opinions in class. I studied in Louisiana and Maine for my high school years. When I was in Louisiana, I was with my host family and it was very interesting. I loved the food and the family was so nice. In Maine--that's where I graduated from high school--I went to a boarding school with other students from overseas and it was very interesting to be with kids my own age and see how different and alike we all were.


Where you given an American nickname when you first came to America?

My American nickname is Kathy. I gave myself that name when I was in 7th grade back in South Korea and first learning English. I guess I wanted a name that people can remember. My Korean name, Jee Hee, means "intelligent and bright". Isn’t that great?

 
Do you play any sports?

I’m running cross country now and playing soccer on the College’s
club team.

 
Do you have a job on campus?

Yes, I’m working at the Admissions Office as an Office Assistant.

 
Tell us about some of your favorite teachers?

I like all my teachers and all my classes. If I have to pick favorite teachers I would choose, Dr. Nelson Ong, Dr. Ann Raia, and Dr. Anne McKernan. I have class with Dr. Ong, who is an Associate Professor of Political Science, in Comparative Politics. Dr. Ong is funny and gives his opinion on everything. He doesn't lecture from the textbook but talks about what is happening in the world today. I have Dr. Raia, who is an Associate Professor in Classics. She is very helpful and listens to her students. Dr. McKernan, an Associate Professor of History, is my advisor and Medieval History professor. I got to know Dr. McKernan last April when I first came to visit CNR. To tell you the truth, I don't like history, but I love her course.  


What do you like most about CNR?

Well, what I like most about CNR is the communication between students and professors. I don’t think this “friendliness” would happen at a big university or college. Here at CNR the classes are small so professors knows you very well and you get to know them as people as well as teachers.

 
What are your career plans?

I want to work at the United Nations. That's my biggest goal. I want to be involved with foreign affairs and specialize in human rights. I am also thinking about becoming an ambassador. I would love to go and work in other countries, learn about their cultures, and contribute to helping countries work together. That, of course, is my big dream, but being here at CNR I think it is all possible to achieve.


Thank you, Kathy.

Kamsahamnida (thank you!)



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