On April 29th, 2017, three NSLI-Y students presented their winter break and final projects. Topics included Korean pottery, Sasang constitutional typology, and elderly poverty. After the presentations, the presenters asked questions from the audience about their time in Korea. If you were not able to attend the live event, we invite you to watch the recording!

Click here to learn about the winter break and final projects.

Click here to watch the Q&A.

NSLI-Y Student Speakers:

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My name is Claire, and I'm from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. This fall, I will be attending University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Before this program, I self-studied Korean out of an interest for East Asian politics and culture, but as I've formed so many relationships with people here in Korea throughout the program, keeping and strengthening those friendships has increased my language learning motivation. Outside of Korean class, I volunteer as an English tutor for North Korean refugees, attempt to learn Taekwondo and Gayageum, and explore the city of Seoul with friends! Click here to watch Claire's presentation. Here is the Youtube video she shares during her presentation.

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Hello my name is Haley, I’m from Wasilla, Alaska, and I am currently on the Korean Year program. I chose Korean, because at first I was interested in the making of the Korean language, and the fact that Hangul (the Korean alphabet) is so simple most children before they reach of the age of five are literate. I was also interested in how Korea’s identity has been shaped by outside influences. After I finish this program I’m going to study Linguistics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and after I graduate I want to work on native language documentation and maintenance planning. My favorite things to do in my free time in Korea are: spending time with my host family, walking through the park nearby my house, hiking, taekwondo and by buying excess amounts of cute stationary! Click here to watch Haley's presentation.

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I'm Nektarios and I'm from Youngstown, Ohio, a Rust-Belt city in Northeast Ohio. I came to Korea as gap year student, and will attend [TBD!] college. I wanted to come to Seoul to not only learn Korean, but to experience life in one of the world's largest metropolitan areas. Most of my time in Seoul, however, has been spent studying Korean, not only through textbooks and classrooms, but on the street or with my classmates. When I'm not studying I love to eat, hang out with my Korean friends, or read books in Seoul's many cafes. Click here to watch Nektarios' presentation.