[GU] Korean Student at Penn State University
By Sa Eun-young
Han Kyung-min, 20, an undergraduate at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), is an active student interested in both academic and extra-curricular programs. Han told The Korea Times that the university's excellent reputation was the reason why he chose the college.
"The university has great programs for minority students, fields great sports teams and offers an extensive variety of majors. Penn State has just about any major you can think of," Han said. Han's area of study, Turfgrass Science, topped ranks among all universities in the United States, Han said. Turfgrass Science is an interdisciplinary major that involves the use of grasses and plants to improve and beautify the environment.
Penn State's offer of countless programs was another reason Han selected the university to be his alma mater. He took part in various activities during his high school years, serving as president of the Taekwondo club and vice president of his senior class, just to name a few.
He believes such participation landed him in Penn State, on top of good scores on his Scholastic Aptitude Test. Han is currently vice president of the Korean Undergraduate Student Association and a member of the Taekwondo club at the university. The clubs provide opportunities to meet new people and make friends, a factor that Han particularly values.
The effort that Penn State is making to develop the college into a global university is another plus. ``The student body consists of students from all over the world. Penn State also offers one of the best study abroad programs in the nation. They encourage students to go to schools in other countries to experience the different cultures the world has to offer," Han said.
After Han graduates, he plans to pursue a career in the golf industry. This summer he did an internship at Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey, a top-ranking golf course acknowledged by several golf magazine publications. ``I was fortunate to have great connections through Penn State in landing this internship, and I believe my school will be there to help me find a great job in the future," Han said.