Chanwoong Baek '12
As a first-year from South Korea, 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. My views were not limited by systemic frames. By examining the American education, I had a clearer idea of what the true function of education is globally. However, it was also interesting to see how the real 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. I decided to minor in teaching so that I can explore more deeply the relationship between the function of education and its application.
As someone who has benefited from the advantages of education, I wish to share my knowledge with as many people as possible. I love to meet new people and exchange thoughts. People learn throughout their lives, and I want to be a person who inspires others to explore academically and socially. I wish to take the encouragement I received from the Bowdoin Education Department, and pass it on.