Chanwoong Baek ‘12
Hometown: South Korea
President, Bowdoin International Club
How Did You Choose Your Major at Bowdoin?
Originally I came to Bowdoin majoring in government and legal studies. That's what I did, but I also found out about Education 101 classes in my first year. I loved it so I took more education classes. I was in the interesting position of being in a new learning environment and studying it simultaneously. Because of this, my perspective on education was very open and different. I now am minoring in Education and hopefully will be certified as a teacher by my senior year.
What Do You Want to Do After Bowdoin?
After graduating, I am applying for graduate school and want to continue studying education policy, as a mixture of what I'm majoring and minoring in. I am seeing how the purpose of education can be altered by how we present information. It is not only a problem of individual learning but is influenced by an array of issues from poverty to diversity to culture. Currently, I'm thinking about continuing studying in the U.S.
What Is Your Advice To New International Students?
Don't be afraid to be yourself. A lot of times as an international student we try to act confident enough; we're afraid we might not be accepted. The thing about Bowdoin, they are so open to everything and everyone is so nice. People are interested in who you really are and what you're interested in. Don't try really hard to be like other people. Stick to what you believe in. At the same time, be open for challenges and experiences.