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What’s Up, Graduates?

Graduates share their transition experiences and their universities’ highlights!

With the end of the first quarter approaching (already!), it’s easy to forget about the graduates that have left us this May. As these new young-adults adjust to college, they have invaluable tips, comments, and experiences to share with the rest of us who are – sooner or later – getting ready to depart the nest of KIS.

Nadia Kim (‘15)10857809_410233372474263_6350178354135356164_n

  • Introduce yourself!

Hi my name is Nadia Kim, and I am a graduate of KIS class of 2015. I attend Yonsei University, and I study International Studies.

  • What was it like transitioning to college?

Honestly, I never thought college would ever suit me well. At first, I was very scared to attend college, and I did not know what to expect from such a big place like college: starting life without my parents and living like an adult already. This is a new experience for me, and for all of us. But I was able to find a lot of friends, they introduced me to a lot of new things in college and helped me to adjust to a new society, environment and culture.

  • What’s special about YOUR college?

The people in my college make my college experience special. There are different types of people in every college. There some people you want to get close with or some people you want to stay away from, but every individual is special. They have their own talents, those talents make them special and those people make my college special.

  • Any tips for current juniors and seniors?

Dear current juniors and seniors:

I know how stressed you all are. But after you are done with all your SATs, ACTs, and apps, when you get accepted, you will look back and say it was not worth of all the stress you had, so do not stress out too much, enjoy your life, and be patient. Only those people who are patient get what they want. Please, enjoy your junior and senior years and good luck! 🙂

Best of luck,

Nadia Kim.

Junwon Park (‘15) 

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I am studying Computer Science and Product Design at Stanford University. I’m also in a philosophy/humanities accelerated residential program called SLE.

  • What was it like transitioning to college?

KIS does a superlative job preparing its students for college. The transition process was smooth for me, and I’m enjoying my time here.

  • What’s special about YOUR college?

Stanford excels in both STEM and humanities, and many students here are interested in multiple disciplines. If you, as a high school student, can’t choose a major because your talents and interests are spread over too many subjects, then come to Stanford.

If you want to study history, go study at (an Ivy League school)

If you want to make history, come study at Stanford 😉

  • Any tips for current juniors and seniors?

Many students make decisions based on–what they believe–colleges will appreciate. However, I advise you to simply continue pursuing your own passion. Colleges that are right for you will then identify you! This way, you’ll enjoy your college more after you get in.

 

 

10847188_10202492406631428_6777264978195235998_oCindy Lim (‘15)

  • Introduce yourself!

My name is Cindy, I attend Swarthmore College, and I don’t know what I will be majoring in, but my interest lies within the humanities and political science.

  • What was it like transitioning to college?

Honestly, I can’t say what it was like to transition, because I’m not done transitioning yet. But what I’ve felt so far: college is very different from high school, ranging from your daily schedule to the number of club organizations on campus. It is also incredibly diverse and vibrant. The change is a big one, and I can’t say everything was completely smooth, but it is well worth it; you’ll welcome all the new things.

  • What’s special about YOUR college?

Swarthmore is really small, with only about 1,200 students and no graduate program. It’s very socially conscious, and most students have a strong sense of civic duty; politically, the majority seems to be liberal. We also have a culture of party on Thursday night instead of Friday nights, but that’s not to say Friday nights are inactive.

  • Any tips for current juniors and seniors?

If you are a perfectionist, or are someone who constantly worries about grades, it will benefit you immensely if you learn how to stress yourself out less. You might have to sacrifice a little bit of work to give yourself time to adjust, make new friends, and get involved in activities you’re passionate about, and that’s completely okay; nothing is more important than your mental and physical well-being. Also, cherish your high school friends; you’ll probably miss them in college!

 

Christine Heeju Lee (‘15) 12068016_10206077831319737_1441117211_n

  • Introduce yourself!

My name is Christine Heeju Lee. I attend Rutgers University, and I’m studying to be a pharmacist.

  • What was it like transitioning to college?

Transitioning in the beginning was, of course, difficult because I was given a clean slate that I didn’t know what to do with: new people, new environment, new information to study. It was overwhelming. But after a week or so it got better. I was amazed at the fact that I was actually functioning away from home.

  • What’s special about YOUR college?

We have a yearly event called King Neptune Night in the dining halls where we can have unlimited lobster and other seafood menus for one meal swipe! Non-Rutgers people come also and pay 60 bucks to get in. Pretty awesome.

  • Any tips for current juniors and seniors?

Try not to judge a school too much before actually attending it. College life is what you make of it when you get there, NOT in the process of getting there.

 

 Jin-Hong Jung (‘15)

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  • Introduce yourself!

My name is Jin-Hong Jung, and I study psychology in University of Washington.

  • What was it like transitioning to college?

I feel very independent because it’s my first time living apart from my family and Korea.

  • What’s special about YOUR college?

University of Washington is in such a nice area. Since it’s a city, it has everything you need at reach. We also have a beautiful campus, and our library is so majestic that it was used as a set of Harry Potter!

  • Any tips for current juniors and seniors?

The only advice I would give is to prepare yourself to be self-sufficient: be able to plan and look out for yourself. In college, you’ll have a lot more freedom than what you had before, so you need to be able to manage your time well! Oh and be ready for some loneliness 🙁

 

Monica Lee (‘15) 

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  • Introduce yourself!

My name is Monica Lee, and I attend Northwestern University. Here, I’m planning on majoring in sociology and international studies.

  • What was it like transitioning to college?

I spent a 4-month long summer idly waiting for college to start, and it was definitely worth the wait. We’re just now entering week 3 of classes, and so far, I love it here. After a 10-day long orientation (known as Wildcat Welcome), transitioning to college has been fun, action-packed, and overall quite smooth.

  • What’s special about YOUR college?

Northwestern is on a quarter system, which means that you can take more courses that you want throughout your undergraduate years. The campus is also really beautiful, with the lakefill and the backdrop of Chicago. But what astonished me the most about Northwestern is the truly outstanding peer group—their intelligence, talents, and even kindness. I also found that a lot of the students are passionate about theater and music.

  • Any tips for current juniors and seniors?

Juniors and seniors, make sure you really research the colleges you’ll be applying to. Ask about the college to people you know who attend it, do a virtual tour online, and once you’re set on your college list, it’s really never too early to write your college essays. Trust me, you don’t want to cram college apps. Good luck!

 

 

1559516_945132988848581_1368199197764042935_oSabin Kim (‘15)

  • Introduce yourself!

Hi! My name is Sa Bin Kim from Class of 2015, and I attend UC Berkeley. I currently plan to double major in Molecular and Cellular Biology along with Astrophysics.

  • What was it like transitioning to college?

There is a greater freedom to choose how you wish to spend your time. I chose to have all my classes as early as possible in the morning, but I do know some people whose schedule doesn’t start until after lunch time, and others who have their Fridays open. The difficulty of homework and content are on another level, and there is so much to do compared to what was available in high school in terms of extra or co-curricular activities. I’m currently part of a hip hop dance team, and do research in a chemistry lab.

  • What’s special about YOUR college?

As one of the oldest universities in the West Coast, UC Berkeley has many unique features. Berkeley is home of the largest library West of the Mississippi river. One of the biggest surprises I recently discovered was that Berkeley has dedicated parking spots for Nobel Laureates!

  • Any tips for current juniors and seniors?

You will have plenty of fun after submitting application and before college begins. Don’t start slacking off now and you’ll regret later. By now, you should have things sorted out in what motivates and inspires you, but never stop experimenting. I wanted to study Biology in 10th Grade, and Environmental Science in 12th Grade, but look at what I’m studying now. Of course, even as a college student, my path isn’t set yet. You only live once, so make the best use of it.

 

Best of luck to all the class of 2015 graduates on the rest of their college year!

– Lina Oh (’16)

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