2014 KKOOM Scholarship Recipients
Three of our five KKOOM college scholarship recipients just finished their first year semesters in college, and we wanted to use this update to let them introduce themselves. Here are their firsthand biographies.*
Yoonjung, Gumi University, first year, early childhood special education major
I decided on my major because I want to be able to share the love and grace I received while growing up in a children’s welfare institution with others. The pain and challenges I’ve overcome inspire me to want to help others do the same.
Upon entering my first semester in college, I was most looking forward to making new friends, experiencing a new environment, and learning new things on my way toward adulthood.
The KKOOM scholarship helped out with my daily living expenses and gave me some extra margin to enjoy myself a little.
At the moment, my dream is to become a social worker. Others tell me that I have a strong sense of responsibility, and I enjoy helping others.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, so I’ve always enjoyed going to the library to borrow books.
Sunghee, Korea Polytechnics Gumi University, first year, electronics major
I wanted to study electronics, which I had exposure to in high school, along with something else, and automated systems was a good fit.
In my first semester, I was most curious about how quickly I would adapt to college life. I was really looking forward to it and really nervous at the same time.
I’ve been saving money from my part-time job to pay for my living expenses, but the KKOOM scholarship has covered all of my textbooks and study aids, which I would’ve otherwise had to take care of on my own.
My dream is to enter a large company after graduation. I enjoy making and assembling things, so I hope to enter a suitable profession in the manufacturing realm.
On a personal note, I really enjoy soccer, even though I am not especially good. I am especially looking forward to the 2014 World Cup.
Junghye, Gyeongbuk Science University, first year, professional cosmetology major
Ever since I was young, I wanted to become a make-up artist and a hair designer. After graduation from high school, I received my hair dresser’s license and began working as a stylist in a salon. After nearly 10 years, I decided to go back to school to get my professional cosmetology degree and license in make-up design.
Returning to school allows me to learn about so much more than just hair. I’ll also be studying health and beauty generally in addition to make up and body art.
The KKOOM Scholarship will cover some of my school expenses and license exam fees.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling, so whenever I have a chance, I like to visit the mountains or the ocean. I also enjoy reading.
Whenever I get the opportunity to make someone feel beautiful, I feel an overwhelming sense of happiness.
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AIMEE J. JACHYM | Co-founder & President
KOREAN KIDS AND ORPHANAGE OUTREACH MISSION (KKOOM)
Improving the lives of Korean orphans through outreach and education
*Biographies translated from Korean to English by Aimee Jachym.