College Counseling at an International School in Seoul, Korea

DONE BY: Minji Cho | St. Paul's School '15 | Smith College '20

HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: www.albamon.com 

LENGTH: 4 months

LOCATION: Seoul, Korea

FUN: ★★★☆☆

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★★

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE: 

8:00am: Wake up
9:10am: Walk to work
9:30am: Start work
1:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch break
2:00pm-6:30: Work (Sometimes worked overtime)

DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE: 

  • Translating
  • Helping students write resumés
  • Brainstorming ideas for college essays
  • Revising essays

HOW MANY HOURS OF WORK DID YOU DO PER WEEK? 45

IN EXCHANGE OF WORK, PROVIDES: Lunch/dinner (when I worked overtime)

TOP TIPS: 

1. Make sure that the people in the office aren't shit.
2. Make sure you're getting paid fairly, because people can easily take advantage of you by paying you nearly nothing

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY: 

For me, this experience was really hard, because towards the end, I had so much work. Because I was taking a gap year, I felt like everyone else was having fun while I was stuck in the office. Whatever you do, it'll be a valuable experience if you make it that way. If you sit there and complain, it won't become anything--but if you sit there and think about what you could learn from the experience, you could gain so much. So don't compare your experience to anyone else's.

 

Jiyoung Jeong