International Alumni News - Keeping in Touch

Important Information Issue No 5 | Spring Quarter |June 2011

 

Alumnus of the Month

Chihwan Oh - Korea

Chihwan Oh

"It was possible for me to transfer to an Ivy League school because GRCC taught me one important lesson; dreams come true." - Chihwan Oh

My name is Chihwan Oh and I am from Korea. I attended GRCC from summer quarter 2008 to spring quarter 2010. I then transferred to Columbia University in New York where I majored in English and Comparative Literature.

Before attending GRCC, I spent a number of years as the vice chairman of a private educational institution where I managed staff and taught students. It was there that I came to realize that the current English education system could not answer all the questions that students had.  This led me to seek a more advanced English education system that focuses on well-organized curricula and educational equality for every student.

While studying at GRCC, I learned a lot from my mistakes.  It is my firm belief that this process of trial and error will be an indicator of things to come. I have gone through some inevitable hardships from an unexpected long absence of school work. But, any challenge that I had did not seem insurmountable enough to prevent me from spreading my little wings towards lofty ideas.

My goal is to cultivate talented students, and develop a platform for them to experience an innovative English education system. In this sense, the distinctive values of which GRCC emphasizes are enough to fascinate my natural curiosity, and encourage me to put my academic and personal goals into practice.

I believe that GRCC’s unique characteristics - innovation to break down outmoded traditions, creativity to renew problem-solving methods, and diversity to admit the difference resulting from standardization – are the main contributors to today’s GRCC.

It was possible for me to transfer to an Ivy League school because GRCC taught me one important lesson; dreams come true.

This summer I am teaching SAT and TOEFL for students planning on going abroad for internships. In addition, I plan to publish an English spoken grammar and structure textbook for international students who have difficulties learning English. Some PhD students at Columbia University are likely to join in this educational project.

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