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Student Name: Jeong Hwa (Jenny) Jin
Home University: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Host University: Washington Semester Program & Abroad at American University; Washington, D.C.
Period of Study: 2010 Fall Semester
Major: Portuguese


Why did you choose to study abroad at American University? 

I chose American University because it’s in Washington, D.C., and I knew I could get valuable experience there. Students at AU are among the most politically active, so I made a lot of friends who shared many of the same interests and opinions on international affairs and politics.

Describe your life during your time at AU and while on the Washington Semester Program.
I usually studied and prepared for class. I often met other international students who were struggling with the American education styles, too. We shared problems and helped each other, so I spent a lot of time in the library, but it was always with my friends. I also participated in AU activities once a month which gave me a chance to get to know new people. During the Washington Semester Program, I participated in an internship at the Embassy of Brazil. My time there provided me with experience in foreign affairs, as well as an opportunity to improve my Portuguese.

How did you benefit from your education abroad? How does the style of education differ from what you are used to at home?
Study abroad was a good opportunity for me to improve my English and experience American education styles. The most influential part of my study abroad experience was studying with American students. There are huge differences between the American and Korean education styles. I had lots of readings before class, and I was expected to participate in every class since they were discussion-based classes. It was hard at first, but it taught me I can achieve great accomplishments.

What can we expect from you in the future?
In the short term, I am planning on going to graduate school in the U.S. My future long term plan is working in an international organization dealing with Latin American international relations.



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