MA, International Studies (Korea & Northeast Asia), University of Washington
BA, History & Political Science, University of Louisville
I coordinate the faculty-led study tours for the University Honors Program. It’s the absolute perfect job for me because it combines my two passions: learning and traveling! My goal is to visit every country in the world! I haven’t quite gotten there yet, but I’m on my way. The thing I like most about this job is being able to help students experience the world. A lot of Americans have this idea that the United States is the center of the world and that we are the best at everything, and that is just flat out not true. The more you travel abroad the more you realize that there are other ways to do things and that we still have a lot to learn from other countries and vice-versa.
I grew up in North Carolina and attended the University of Louisville for my undergraduate studies. After I graduated I went to South Korea for a two-week trip…and I stayed for five years. I enjoyed South Korea so much that I decided to get a master’s degree in Korean studies from the University of Washington and did my MA thesis on North Korean economics. I then returned to South Korea for another five years as a country manager for a local subsidiary of the British firm Pearson. I speak Korean, albeit poorly. I returned to the US in 2012 to attend law school at the University of Cincinnati, but it wasn’t the best fit for me so now I work at UC!
When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my wife and son. I also enjoy cooking, reading, movies and discovering new ethnic restaurants. I’m a die-hard college basketball fan!
Ask me about…
- My experience traveling all over Asia
- Why I love teaching and public-speaking
- All the weird things I’ve eaten
- How I can help you with your resume
Advice for Students
Get out and see the world! In today’s economy, international experience is highly desired and there are lots of ways to get that experience, both during and after your studies. If you’re interested in going abroad in any capacity, come see me.
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” – T.E. Lawrence