The new partnership with Dankook University in South Korea has proven to be beneficial for students from KSU studying abroad as well as students from Dankook sending students here. Here we highlight four students that exemplify why we, as international educators, believe study abroad is so important.
Amanda Bevington, an interpersonal communications major from KSU, decided she wanted a go somewhere different than where the typical student studying abroad from KSU would go. She attended Dankook in South Korea over the summer where she got to teach as well as learn as a part of their summer institute. Overall, she learned to trust her heart and to have confidence because she made the decision that best fit what she wanted to get out of her time studying abroad. She said, "I couldn't ask for a better experience. The students made it completely worth it." While Amanda was in South Korea, she became friends with students from Dankook who are attending Kent State University this semester.
The students that are attending KSU from Dankook include Jiyung Kim, Eunjeong Lee, and Suhyun Bae. All three are studying business here. They all say their experience at Kent State has been great so far. Jiyung Kim really enjoys the laid back atmosphere that KSU has to offer. Eunjeong Lee has enjoyed how beautiful Kent's campus is. She also said, "Everyone is very nice here." Suhyun Bae said she likes how Kent is a prime location to travel because she wants to travel to New York City and Chicago. Amanda's experience at Dankook has given them the opportunity to become friends and continue their friendship here at Kent State where Eunjeong, Suhyun, and Jiyung attend this fall.
Photo: Amanda Bevington, Jiyung Kim, Eunjeong Lee and Suhyun Bae holding up the Kent State University flag in South Korea.