Bilingual full time student in De Anza College. Raised in Singapore and Korea. Have had experience serving as a translator for official documents for over 5 years including Japanese government's official documents translated in Korean regarding South Korean comfort women in World War 2 and the testimonials of North Korean defectors.
Have done Parliamentary Debate and Model United Nations from 2013-2018. Have won numerous debate competitions including individual speaker awards held in South Korea including YTN Debate Championship, National Schools Debating Championship in Korea and more. Have served as judge for Lincoln Douglas Debate Championship in Santa Clara University in October 2019. Have won numerous best delegates in Model UN, including Yonsei Model UN and Model United Nations of Seoul. Has experience of serving as both delegate and chair in Model UN.
Proven success in leadership by co founding and serving as the president of the volunteer group 'Venus', focusing on mentoring children with multicultural backgrounds in Seoul, Korea from 2013-2018. Within the time period of serving as president, the group has grown its size with having more than 50 mentors helping more than 10 mentees which has parents from backgrounds aside from South Korea.
I have also taken part in an English Journalism club in High school, and is available to help students with journalism and article writing as well. I have published two journals in high school for the public.
Mentoring students give me meaning as I believe that memories and support that was made within school years form a lot of student's values for a lifetime. Based on the experience of attending an international school in Singapore during my elementary school years, I have formed a volunteer group in school which supports children from multicultural backgrounds. I have proven leadership by expanding that group which started out with 20 members to more than 50 mentors, helping around 10 mentees. It was a one on one mentoring program which 5 mentors would rotate every week to support the mentee with school and homework. It was exceptionally meaningful as South Korea is not yet a country who accepts diversity as much as the United States.
My mentee was a child whose parents were a North Korean defector and Chinese. I mentored him since he was 7 to when he was 12 (2013-2017). I helped him with his school work as his mother was busy for a living and had difficulties interpreting academic Korean, and with his school life in general as he felt isolated among his peers. It was difficult mentoring him at first, because he refused to do all the activities I suggested. He was rude and yelled at me if everything did not go his way. I thought that I needed to create a personal bond between him before I teach him academics. So for the first year I divided the three hours of mentoring time into games, outdoor activities, and studies. I could feel that he gradually followed my instructions as there were more diverse things he could do in general during mentoring. Moreover, I felt that as I created more personal bond with him, he would open up with his feelings inside and problems he was facing. I not only served as a teacher for him, but was a sister who helped him with his stress in life as well. The five years of mentoring with my mentee made me grow, and was the most memorable experience of my life because I felt like I actually helped out another person in the community.
Based upon my experience of serving as the president of the biggest multicultural children support group, I have proven leadership in managing big clubs. I have experience of taking care of different opinions and suggestions, as well as doing the paperwork for the group. By mentoring an elementary student for five years, I have learned how to handle young children both in education and development in general. I have expertise in one on one mentoring as well as managing groups. My abilities are not limited to such traits, and is willing to learn more if the opportunity is given.
I have volunteered as a translator for House of Sharing which is Korea's biggest and only organization which supports Korean comfort women who were drafted to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese military during World War 2. I translated official documents that were written by the Japanese government that was translated in Korean. It was governmental documents regarding the drafting process, and the compensation they were planning to make. I have kept on my career by translating testimonials of North Korean defectors from Korean to English to send to international organizations including the United Nations. I have translated such documents for about 4 years (2014-2017).
Translating official government documents for comfort women enabled me to learn official terms that I have not been able to interpret in my daily life. Moreover, legal terms that were used between negotiations expanded my point of view on diplomacy. On the other hand, when translating the testimonials of North Korean defectors, I especially focused not to change the tone of the original speaker. That required me to focus much more on understanding the tone of English as I wanted English readers to feel the same desperation and pain that the defectors were trying to explain.
Experience of working as a translator helped me put myself into someone else's shoes, as I understood that writing only delivers meaning when the writer truly understands the content and is thorough in delivering the meaning. It also gave me a deeper understanding of understanding the mechanism between English and Korean. The two languages sometimes does not have terms that is interchangeable, and researching about words and phrases that could be used instead helped me advance my language skills in both languages.
Based upon my experience as a volunteer translator, I am capable of doing filing, translation, basic writing job and many more. I am not limited to only translation, and is fast at learning new skills.
Along with the career of being a debater, I have also attended numerous Model UN conferences. I have won best delegate in the World Health Organization Committee in Seoul Model United Nations 2016, Yonsei Model United Nations 2017 in the United Nations Human Rights Council, and Leader's Model United Nations 2017 in the International Olympic Committee. I have also won Honorable Mention in Yonsei Model United Nations 2016, and have served as Chair for the United Nations Outer Space Affairs committee for Yonsei Model United Nations 2018.
Model UN taught me how to lead a mass group of people and to agree upon one resolution. Writing a resolution based upon the idea's of many delegates were challenging, but I learned the pleasure of finishing a 3 day long debate with a final conclusion. Based upon the knowledge and speech tips I have earned by attending Model UN conferences, I could coach students who are interested in Model UN, or could chair Model UN committees. I could also be a mentor for public speech as well.
From 2013-2018, I actively participated in Parliamentary debate. I have won many awards including being the semi finalist for YTN Debate Championship in Seoul, Korea. I have won best speaker award in every tournament I have attended including National Schools Debate Championship and Korea English Debate Championship in South Korea. I have been the champion in my high school debate championship. I debated on diverse issues including international affairs, environment, and controversial social issues. I enjoyed debate as I could think critically to the opposition's arguments. It led me to have a habit of always questioning if a certain notion was justifiable or not. Also, I created a habit of always thinking of a social problem in three levels : principle, how does it affect the stakeholders, and does it have a practical benefit. These habits helped me make better choices, and think critically in many social issues.
Based upon my experience as a debater, I have recently started serving as judge for Lincoln Douglas Debate. I am able to judge for both Parliamentary and Lincoln Douglas Debate. My first judging experience at SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational Judge enabled me to feel the joy of teaching young debaters tips and knowledge of debate which I have learned with tangible debate experience. The achievement I have had is leading me to judge more debate championships such as James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational on January 19th, 2020 and 34th Annual Stanford Invitational on February 2020.
I am able to coach Parliamentary Debate and judge both Lincoln Douglas and Parliamentary Debate.
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