of the Month
Chihwan Oh - Korea
"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.
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
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