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Allen King: On His Journey Through Korea

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Each year, students from South Korea roam the halls of James Clemens, participating in classes, activities, and much more.

Allen King, a senior at JC, has been the coordinator responsible for this program’s success. He has hosted students for the past two years and will do so again this February. Additionally, he was an exchange student to South Korea this past summer. He visited South Korea for two weeks on a full scholarship. While there, his group

AKEEP Participants

AKEEP Participants

participated in many historical and cultural activities, visited STEM businesses, and toured Korean high school’s and colleges. Also, Allen and his group attended the Hwarang Educational Institute, a three-day leadership program that high school students in South Korea attend. While there, students can study Korean culture and how to be a leader in their community.

We interviewed Allen for a personal insight into the AKEEP program.

What were the students like? Were they smart? Ambitious? Polite? How was their English?

We visited a Buddhist temple…”

All the Korean students were very smart, as they had an very competitive application process to be able to participate in the AKEEP program. They all spoke English well and were very polite. Everyone in Korea was very nice and hospitable. On the weekends the American students would spend the night with a Korean family. The families showed us around the city, their work, and their school.

What was it like hosting students?

We showed the students around Madison and tried to show them American culture. They also go to school with their host student, and it is always neat to compare American and Korean education.

Where did you visit in Korea? Did you ever feel out of place?

We visited a Buddhist temple and participated in yoga and meditation sessions with real monks. We also were able to watch them do their martial arts. It was always strange to not understand Korean when I was in a group of people who were talking to each other

Do you think you’llgo back to Korea anytime soon? Why or why not?

I don’t expect to return to Korea any time soon. The program does not accept students who have already participated in the foreign exchange program because they want to extend the opportunity to as many students as possible.

I don’t expect to return to Korea anytime soon…”

How was the application for the AKEEP program?

The application was very in-depth. It required recommendations, transcripts, and multiple essays.

 

More information about AKEEP can be found here if anyone is interested in applying for the program.

 

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