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Farewell to Our Wonderful Student Worker, DaHyun Kim

DaHyun Kim has been working as a student worker at OCIAS (Oregon Consortium for International and Area Studies) for about 2 years. She moved to Oregon and attended Chemeketa Community College and Portland Community College after graduating from high school in her home country in  Daejeon, South Korea. She transferred to the University of Oregon as a junior to pursue degree in International Studies, with a minor in Economics. DaHyun is graduating this Spring! 
During her time at UO, she enjoyed being a part of the International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) the most. It helped her not only receive the full tuition scholarship, but also gave her an opportunity to go out to the Eugene/Springfield community to share her culture of South Korea. She enjoyed visiting various places from preschool to Chemeketa Community College’s International Night to perform and represent her culture. In the current political climate, program like ICSP promotes the idea that we, as human-beings, thrive when making a genuine human connection. Being surrounded by 34 other scholars from all over the world helped her embrace diversity and appreciate the harmony it propagates. 
Her favorite classes at UO were Perspectives on International Development with Professor Galvan, Global Health with Professor Yarris, and Swahili courses with Professor Mokaya.
Upon graduation, she is excited to move down to Long Beach, California to work as a Program Coordinator at Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). There, she will work with young North Korean students who escaped their home-country and are now in transition to settling in new countries, in the regions of South Asia, South Korea and U.S.A. She is excited to design and plan for a new project to eventually transform the current, conveyed narratives by North Korea. She is looking forward to grow in the position and help young, North Korean students build confidence, discover their potential, and become a leader in their generation.
OCIAS has greatly appreciated DaHyun’s hard work, intelligence, dedication, and kindness. It was a pleasure working with you, and we look forward to seeing where life takes you!
DaHyun at the source of the Nile in Jinja, Uganda.
DaHyun with friends who are working at a NGO in Mathare, Kenya
DaHyun with locals at Lamu Island.