So-dam Hong came to Green River Community College fall 2012 for the High School Completion Plus program. So-dam is majoring in International Relations and her goal is to work for the United Nations one day.
When I asked So-dam why she picked Green River, she said, "I heard that I could finish high school and get college credits at the same time in Washington State. So then it came down to a choice between two community colleges, and I chose Green River because I really liked the website and because Green River offers on campus housing. I felt more secure about coming to a college where there is already housing in place."
"After the first week at Green River, I knew I had made the right choice. The International students are very active on campus and they made me feel very comfortable. I am also very well-cared for by the faculty, staff and advisors. For example, I can talk to my advisor, Helen, about everything — even non-academic issues. Currently she is helping me with my college applications and personal statement. My goal is to transfer to Georgetown, George Washington, or Tufts. My Economics instructor, Mark Blaisdell inspired me to minor in Economics and he also chaperoned our trip to the Model Harvard UN event last year. My High School Completion instructor, Steve Lynch gave me courage my first year here and encouraged me to follow my dreams."
"School is more than just going to class. It is about interacting with people," said So-dam. "Participating in student government and clubs is a great way to meet people." So-dam is a Senator in Student Government, Marketing Assistant for Korea and Thailand, and the Vice President of the Model United Nations Club. Last year So-dam attended the Model United Nations at Harvard and Northwestern. "I was so inspired by this opportunity. I knew that this is what I want to do in life!"
"I am fortunate to be at Green River and meet people who give me the hope and courage to follow my dreams," said So-dam.