Alumni Regional Scholar!

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how i felt when i read the e-mail telling me i got funding for this summer! ahh!                               (credit: kristiesays.tumblr.com)

At the beginning of the Spring semester, I was selected to receive summer funding as an Alumni Regional Scholar! I had applied during the fall semester, with a personal statement, professor recommendations and all. I had almost completely forgotten/given up – and then one day in January there was the email, congratulating me on my selection! The funnier thing is that I didn’t know that I had been selected until early February – the e-mail that contained the news had been put into my spam mail! If I hadn’t gone through my spam, who knows whether or not I wouldn’t known soon enough. Regardless, I am SO thankful to Bryn Mawr, the Alumni Regional Committee as well as my professors that wrote my recommendations. It’s always nerve-wracking when writing an application – whether it be for funding, an internship, externship, job, anything. I’ve more and more come to realize that the older I get, the more applications I have to write. It’s a pain, but it also signifies that I am growing up, and am seen as responsible enough to be eligible for the positions.

I was ecstatic when I realized that I would be provided funds for my internship this summer. Except there was one thing – would I get accepted for my internship?! My mind began to panic as I thought about the possibility of not being accepted into the position I had applied for. Thankfully I had been approved through the application process, and was scheduled for a skype interview. There’s one thing that I don’t like about Skype interviews – it’s weird! Skype is something I relate to friends and family – a way to keep in touch with people that are across the world. It was my first time being interviewed via a video messaging system, and I have to say that it felt unnatural. However my interviewer was more than forgiving about my awkwardness on the computer, and the interview went smoothly. I was still nervous, especially since this internship was not only the only one I applied to, but also because I had the added pressure of my funding. A week later, I found an e-mail waiting in my inbox. I literally waited until that night to open it. I can’t tell you how much happy dancing I did in my room afterwards – I got the internship! It was a huge weight off my shoulders and I immediately e-mailed Dean Barker to tell her that I secured an internship for the summer, phew!

This summer I will be interning at Arirang TV and Radio, which is a major Korean broadcasting station that focuses on educating foreigners about Korean culture and current events. Their programs range from those that focuses solely on Korean Pop music, to documentary-like shows that follow foreigners living in Korea and their adjustment to the culture. I will be working with their Public Relations department, as well as helping out with the Social Media outlets! It’ll also be my second time working for them (I first worked for them the summer before my senior year of high school) so I am looking forward to reuniting with the senior staff that I met before. With the funding that Bryn Mawr has generously given me, I know that I will be able to fully take advantage of this summer adventure as well as learn a lot about a career option that I am very interested in! Thanks BMC!

Until Next Time!

 

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