Life Update: CSPA Book of the Year Nomination, 170 Pursuit

You could say this is by popular request, but I don’t want to sound arrogant!

Greetings from my home country, South Korea. Seoul, to be exact. I am just one fish in an ocean 50 million people, one of the most densely populated metropolises on the planet. And I know some of my American friends are wondering, North Korea is about 30 miles north of me. (I would insert a winking face here, if I could)

Some have said that my departure from the states was abrupt. That was not intentional, however. Maybe it could be that I did not publish a public service announcement on Facebook? (That might sound like a sarcastic jab; I promise it’s not. Emotions tend not to translate well over the Internet! For example, see how much a difference that exclamation point made?)

Your time is valuable, and so is mine. Which is why bullet points is my weapon of choice.

    • After a fabulous summer interning at Compassion International, I flew in to Incheon International on Aug. 24. 2014 to begin my last semester of undergraduate studies (Michigan State University) at my father’s alma mater, Yonsei University on a study abroad program. My mom graduated from Ewha Women’s University just across the road from Yonsei. Fate, perhaps?
My first semester Korean class!
My first semester Korean class!
Second semester Korean class!
Second semester Korean class!
    • I graduated! Woohoo! Again, no PSA on Facebook, my apologies. Nevertheless I am a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism with a concentration in International News and a Religious Studies minor with a focus in Islam.
    • Law school is the next step for me. And the stepping stone is the Law School Admittance Test, more commonly referred to as the LSAT. 170 is the goal. Aside from a rigorous private study schedule, I am also attending Korea’s infamous 학원s or “hagwons” roughly translated to private educational institutions. If you have been enlightened to the boiling pot known as South Korea’s education system, you will know what i am talking about.
    • So until I begin my graduate studies, I will remain in Korea to study my native language (also at Yonsei University), and also Chinese. International law is what I plan on studying. For that to be manifested to its fullest potential, fluency in multiple languages seems necessary.
    • I have a lot of hair.

  1. Click on this link to take you to the website. Fill out your name, email, and click “reader”
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  2. Select a book for each of the 13 categories. Four Years, Two Roads under the Young Adult category, please.
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  3. Submit!
  •  Spiritual growth bears many means of expression. New seasons means new lessons. Here are some I have jotted down in my journal since I first arrived,
    • Fight discouragement and the devil by singing to the the Lord. What comes forth from our mouths when we sing reveals our affection, or lack of, for God.
    • If humans are made in God’s Image, then differences in culture, personality, skill set reveal something unique about God’s character and being. In other words there is no such thing as an uninteresting person.
    • Contrast is a powerful tool. You won’t truly see what darkness is until you’ve seen the light. Sin doesn’t seem so bad until you hold it to its true standard. The shortcomings and tendencies of individual and collective culture are made clearer when compared to one another. Contrast helps reveal true context

Author: Derek Kunhee Kim (김건희/金健熙)

Pilgrim in Process. Univ. of San Diego Law. Retired Compassion Intern + Michigan State Tracklete. Novi HS Alumnus. Author of Four Years, Two Roads. Aspirant Polyglot.

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