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Spending My Summer in Seoul at Yonsei October 19, 2018

Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) student Alexandria Brooks from Alabama State University


“My ambition to travel abroad to immerse myself in Korean culture through Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) came from a decision I made while on an out-of-state internship in Massachusetts. I realized then the importance of experiencing different environments and diverse lifestyles when working in a hospital setting. Especially in large cities, medical professionals need to be equipped with the understanding and cultural awareness that patients of all backgrounds require in times of adversity and stress.   


I had then made it my mission to travel to as many continents as possible during my studies in order to prepare for a career in medical care. My experience at YISS has been a firm building block in my resolve to become a caring professional and global citizen. The program also satisfied my growing curiosity in Korean culture. At home, I was already familiar with Korean basics—I taught myself Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, I watched Korean dramas, and my friends listened to K-pop. I even have a green belt in taekwondo! Through YISS, I was able to encounter the city of Seoul, witness Korea’s technological prowess, and even experience traditional Korean life.”  


Name: Alexandria Brooks 

Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) participant  

Home University: Alabama State University 

Major: Biology & Biotechnology



* Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) is an integral part of campus life based on a unique blend of Korean and global cultures. The 2018 program highlights the arts, culture, and humanities while also offering cutting-edge classes in management and economics, global issues, history and social sciences, and science and technology. Students can choose from 6-week and 4-week options. Experience the legendary “Yonsei Spirit” by spending an unforgettable summer in the heart of Seoul, Korea. 

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