Q1. What do you consider your biggest challenges while living in Korea? I think a lot of students have already answered this - language. I honestly thought it would be just a walk in the park to learn Korean considering how many K-dramas I have watched already. I was wrong. Learning Korean was a humbling experience for me. But now that I have been learning the language for 2 years, I would say I have improved a lot. There is a long way to go but I am definitely proud of the improvements I have made. Q2. Could you tell us what kind of place or meaning KNU holds in your life? Kangwon National University opened a lot of doors for me. I have met a lot of good people and had some of my best experiences here. For me, KNU has witnessed all my answered prayers unfold. And I truly believe that my stay in KNU will have a long-lasting effect in my life. Q3. What is your goal, or what would you like to achieve this year, hopefully? I am currently focusing on writing my thesis. After this semester, I only have two semesters left and I really want to be able to publish a paper before I graduate. So, hopefully by the end of the year, I can finalize my thesis topic and proceed with writing. Q4. What advice would you give to students who are interested in studying in Korea? Do it! There’s so many ways to study in Korea. If you are really interested, I suggest that you do a lot of research about everything that you think will be essential if you do study here. Q5. What new habits and/or hobbies have you developed while staying in Korea? When I was in my exchange program, I did not go out as much as I wanted to. I kind of regretted that so I promised myself, when I go back to Korea, I would do things differently. Right now, I have enjoyed visiting different cafes, whether it be for studying, chilling with friends, or spending some time alone. It has become my favorite hobby.
Q1. What do you consider your biggest challenges while living in Korea? I think the most difficult part of living in Korea is the language barrier. I studied Korean in Vietnam before coming to Korea, but studying it in a textbook is very different from using it in real life, so it was a bit difficult at first, but with time, I've gotten used to it a lot now. Q2. Could you tell us what kind of place or meaning KNU holds in your life? Kangwon National University has helped me to rediscover and develop myself. Through my school life and the events organized by the school, I have been able to experience other cultures, make friends from different countries, and broaden my horizons. I believe that the world-class education I received at my school will be a definite advantage when I return to Vietnam after graduation and look for a job. Q3. What is your goal, or what would you like to achieve this year, hopefully? One of the Korean certifications is OPIc. It's a Korean speaking test, and having that certification will help me get a job at big companies like Samsung, LG, etc., when I go back to Vietnam, so my goal is to practice speaking Korean while living here and get that certification before the end of this year. Q4. What advice would you give to students who are interested in studying in Korea? If you're on the fence about whether or not to study abroad in Korea, just be confident and go for it. Time goes by really fast, so don't hesitate to give it a try. Life in Korea is a lot more fun than I thought it would be, and I recommend that you study Korean hard before coming to Korea so that you can communicate and make friends easily! Q5. What new habits and/or hobbies have you developed while staying in Korea? After coming to Kangwon National University, I have a new hobby: collecting Gomdoori souvenirs, our school mascot. However, I don't buy them with money, but by participating in school events and receiving them. Thanks to that hobby, I have been able to actively participate in school events and not only collect Gomdoori souvenirs, but also 'collect' good friends and good memories!
(September 2023) Madelen Gabriela Prado Fernandez (Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics)Q1. What do you consider your biggest challenges while living in Korea? My biggest challenge is time, where everything is fast, everything is 빨리 빨리, it is something that still continues to surprise me, the change of season, the studies, and the people, I think that is something that catches my attention because as Latin American we are a little more relaxed and the seasons are not very marked and I think that is what makes the perception of time faster. Q2. Could you tell us what kind of place or meaning KNU holds in your life? KNU is very important to me, it has a very special place in my life. I had the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, being here and studying here allowed me to learn a lot about myself, my weaknesses, and my strengths, I showed myself that we can fall many times, but each time we can get up and move forward with more strength, it also gave me the opportunity to meet, learn and be inspired by all the wonderful people I know. Q3. What is your goal, or what would you like to achieve this year, hopefully? Right now I am doing the last semester of my master's degree, so I am working on my thesis, clearly, my goal is to finish the thesis successfully, have good results, and be able to graduate and receive my degree ^^ Q4. What advice would you give to students who are interested in studying in Korea? Study and try hard!!! but don't forget about yourself!!! discover places, aromas, and people, you don't always have both opportunities together: learning and discovering such a beautiful country. Q5. What new habits or hobbies have you developed while staying in Korea? A very new habit is going to the gym, I really like the university gym, and I try to go every day because it helps me to relieve my stress and stay healthy. Another habit would be to discover new cafes, Korea is a country where people love coffee, and I always liked it, but here each cafe has a different atmosphere, and that is why I enjoy it much more.
Q1. What do you consider your biggest challenges while living in Korea? The temperature can be extreme especially when it snows. It sometimes made the environment feel uncomfortable. Another challenge is the language barrier. While I tried to communicate with others to increase my knowledge of Korean, the lack of language comprehension prevented me from effectively doing so. Q2. Could you tell us what kind of place or meaning KNU holds in your life? The vibrant and picturesque views of KNU are really impressive. The reading environment and broad educational resources of “Mirae Library” especially inspired me for my future scholastic endeavors. Q3. What is your goal, or what would you like to achieve this year, hopefully? Every day, I continuously acquire new practical knowledge through my lab work at KNU which makes my hunger for agricultural knowledge even greater. This year, I want to complete my master’s degree successfully. Q4. What advice would you give to students who are interested in studying in Korea? To acquire a higher degree abroad, specifically in Korea, one should properly prepare for the admission process. There are a lot of things to be considered, personally, I think considering what you want to do for research is important. Once you pass, building a good relationship with the university’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) is helpful as an international student. KNU’s OIA has dedicated staff that helps with students’ concerns. Q5. What new habits or hobbies have you developed while staying in Korea? I was not familiar with Korean cuisine when I initially arrived. However, after living here for some time, I have already become genuinely accustomed to Korean cuisine. It tastes great and is highly nourishing. As for my hobbies, I have taken up skating (which was a long-held ambition of mine to do). With the aid of KNU skating club members, I am currently practicing skating on a regular basis, and I am really glad with this development.
Q1. What do you consider your biggest challenges while living in Korea? The biggest challenges were not knowing a single person and having to depend entirely on myself when I first arrived in Korea. Even after creating a home for myself here and a family out of friends, I am still the sole person I can rely on. Being independent comes with a set of perks but also huge responsibilities. If anything goes wrong, I only have myself to blame for not being careful enough or not planning ahead. Q2. Could you tell us what kind of place or meaning KNU holds in your life? KNU will forever hold a special spot in my heart as it truly allowed me to bloom. Back in Algeria, I realized I had wasted five years of my life on a major I didn’t even like. Amid that confusion, I decided to challenge myself and apply for GKS a second time after being rejected the first time. My expectations were low because I applied using a Biology bachelor's degree for a Master's in Media Communication. So, to me, KNU gave me an opportunity to start again from scratch. It allowed me to draw my path as I saw fit and recreate myself. I currently have one year left in KNU and am already imagining how hard it will be to say goodbye to it and the home it has become to me. Q3. What is your goal, or what would you like to achieve this year, hopefully? My ultimate goal is not a specific destination. It’s rather to continue growing. I want to be a person who lives passionately and feels fulfilled in the long run. Although I have many academic and professional aspirations, like continuing to hold a high GPA and being an active student on and off campus with extracurricular activities... Etc. I am flexible with the goals I set, and while in Korea, I want to acquire as much experience in different fields as possible. However, at the moment, I am hoping to publish a paper I have been working on with my professor since last semester. It isn’t for graduation but a personal challenge. Q4. What advice would you give to students who are interested in studying in Korea? I have discussed this with many international students, and we all agree that arriving in Korea with a decent level of Korean language is vital. It will truly enhance your overall experience and make life easier. Besides that, personally, I would also advise anyone interested in studying in Korea to carefully choose their major, double-check if it’s in English or Korean, and keep their university options open. Don’t be afraid to go to lesser-known universities; you might be surprised to realize that top-ranking ones don’t always offer the best experience. One more thing is, don’t be afraid of the unknown. We naturally hesitate before trying new things, but growth only occurs outside our comfort zones. Lastly, make as many memories as you can. This could be your most beautiful moment in life; make it worth the trouble. Q5. What new habits and/or hobbies have you developed while staying in Korea? While living in Korea, I revived my passion for writing. Korea has offered me the chance to be a freelance writer for magazines, blogs, and websites. I got to learn about the art of publishing, develop my own style, and freely make mistakes. Also, the more you live here, the more you become like a tourist guide for new students or visiting friends. Because Korea is a relatively safe country, I fell in love with jogging at night. You’ll find me at the KNU stadium whenever I'm stressed out. Last but not least, there are so many second-hand bookstores that I couldn’t help but fall in love with reading here, which is something I hardly did back home.
Q1. What do you consider your biggest challenges while living in Korea? The language since I did not know anything before arriving. Also, understanding the culture because it is very different from Colombia in terms of food and lifestyle. Q2. Could you tell us your favorite spot in the university? The stadium because I really enjoyed running and meeting people to play some sports. Also, both libraries where I spent most of my study time. It was very comfortable there. Q3. What is your goal, or what would you like to achieve this year, hopefully? I hope to become an international business advisor between Colombia and Korea. I want to help various companies and people to do business and to grow my work experience in international trade. Q4. What advice would you give to students who are interested in studying in Korea? Get at least a Basic Korean language course back home or online so they can understand better when arriving in Korea. Make Korean friends to help understand the culture and enjoy places around as a local. Enjoy every moment from the very beginning because Korea has a lot to offer, and time passes super fast. Q5. What new habits and/or hobbies have you developed while staying in Korea? Now, I appreciate time more, especially the different seasons. In Colombia we don't have that. I then became a lover of nature and flowers. I also started taking better pictures. Lastly, I'm more disciplined and organized than before because I know that time is gold.
Q1. Please give us a brief introduction of yourself. Hello everyone, my name is Chi Qiange, an international student from China. After graduating from Kangwon National University with a bachelor's degree in English, now I am currently studying for a master's degree in the department of visual culture. Q2. Why did you choose KNU? At the beginning, I decided to come to Korea and when I started to choose a school, I met a Chinese senior who was studying at Kangwon University. Through his recommendation, I learned that Kangwon University, as a national university in Korea, not only has low tuition fees and generous scholarships but also has a beautiful environment and a strong learning atmosphere. This made me, who was still in China at the time, full of expectations for studying here. Q3. What was the most impressive experience you had while studying at KNU? For me, the most impressive event should be the night for international students. Because I signed up to participate in the talent show at that time, whether it was the early rehearsal or the performance presented in front of the teachers and international students at the end, all the moments of hard work and happiness have become beautiful memories. Apart from myself, the excellent performances brought by other talent show participants, as well as the generous praise and applause from the audience, as well as the hard work of the teachers to decorate the venue for us, create a stage, provide prizes and let all event participants feast on All of these delicious dishes can make this event so successful and complete. Q4. What do you consider your biggest challenges while living in Korea? In fact, for me, the biggest challenge should be food. Of course, this is when I came to Korea not long ago. Now I'm quite used to it. When I first came here, I thought that Korean food generally has no oil, so I would get hungry easily. So when I first came to Korea, I was always hungry, even if it was just an hour after I finished eating. You know, in our country, a lot of oil and seasonings are used to fry vegetables. So it really took me a long time to get used to the meals here. Q5. Could you tell us what kind of place or meaning KNU holds in your life? It has been six years since I graduated from high school and came to KUN. So it can be said that this is my second hometown. From being at a loss at the beginning to being calm now, KUN has really taught me a lot during these six years. It is not only a teacher on the way forward in my life, but also a solid backing when I am striving toward my goal. I respect and appreciate it. Q6. What is your goal, or what would you like to achieve this year, hopefully? I hope that after finishing my studies, I can return to a Chinese university as a teacher. During my study at Kangwon University, I was kindly guided by many professors, and I also saw the scientific research spirit of not relying on their talents and concentrating on learning from them, which benefited me a lot. So I hope to be able to teach Chinese children with this spirit in the same way. Q7. What advice would you give to students who are interested in studying in Korea? In the process of studying abroad, learning certainly occupies a large proportion. But participating in extracurricular activities, communicating with people, and experiencing the culture of this country are the most valuable experiences that studying abroad can bring us. Q8. Is there anything you’d like to add? I thought that is enough, thanks for the interview
Q1. Please give us a brief introduction of yourself and your academic journey. Hello, I am Sri Markumningsih, a lecturer at the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. In 2019, I was awarded the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) to pursue my Doctoral studies at Kangwon National University in South Korea, and I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Biosystems Engineering. I am working in Agricultural Field Machine Laboratory. The research fields of this laboratory are an excellent match for my academic background. My research concerns load and safety analysis for Agricultural machinery, especially in two types of vegetable transplanters, cam and four-bar link-type. I do safety analysis research both through experiments and simulations. For the experimental approach, I have constructed a strain-based load measurement system that utilizes strain gauges to measure strain in transplanting devices. Meanwhile, I have developed a virtual prototype 3D model using software for the simulation approach. Q2. Please introduce the concept and characteristics of your most impactful work so far. Today’s agricultural machine users expect increased machine performance and safe use without failure during its lifetime. Agricultural machinery manufacturers are also concerned with producing machinery with high safety in design and construction while ensuring reasonable costs. Consequently, safety analysis is of paramount importance. Conducting safety analysis through experiments can be time-consuming and costly, so the availability of safety analysis simulations can significantly reduce the time and costs associated with safety analysis. Q3. What motivated you to join your current course, and are you satisfied with it? I had the opportunity to meet my professor during his visit to Indonesia in 2018. He introduced me to his lab and research field, which aligned perfectly with my research interests. Since then, I have been interested in pursuing my doctoral degree in Biosystem Engineering at KNU. After I'm here, I am satisfied with studying and doing research in the lab under the guidance of a very competent professor. Learning here will improve my research skills which will be helpful in my career in Indonesia. Q4. What do you consider your biggest challenges while living in Korea? Even though I have been studying Korean for one year, I still find it difficult to communicate using Korean, which is the biggest challenge while living here. Q5. While studying at KNU, what remains your most memorable souvenir? While I was here, I got lots of souvenirs. My professor always gave gifts at Chuseok and Seolal holidays. Besides that, the campus also often holds events and offers souvenirs. But the most memorable were the souvenirs from OIA. When I became an online supporter at OIA, I got a souvenir box set of toiletries, such as lots of shampoo, soap, and toothpaste. Q6. Could you tell us what kind of place or meaning KNU holds in your life? KNU holds a significant meaning in my life as a place where I have had the opportunity to learn and grow, make new friends, and gain valuable experiences. Q7. What would you like to say to your younger self? As in before enlisting in your current program. Do not hesitate to take a step forward. Keep pursuing your dreams, as countless extraordinary things are waiting for you to experience. Q8. What words would you like to leave for students earnestly working towards a successful future? Strive diligently in your work, enjoy leisure time, and prioritize your studies. Your efforts will yield results that will uphold your hard work. Embrace and enjoy every step of your journey. Q9. What is your goal, or what would you like to achieve this year, hopefully? I aim to graduate this spring and return to Indonesia to resume my work as a lecturer. Q10. Is there anything you’d like to add? It is never too late to begin something new. Take the first step and strive towards achieving your dreams.
Q1. Please give us a brief introduction of yourself and your academic journey. A: Hello, my name is Sadiqi Sayed Shahjahan from Afghanistan, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Science Management. Climate change, drought, SDGs, WRM, and ecological drought are among my research interests, along with data-driven hydrological models for calculating and monitoring NPS at small-scale watersheds. Recently recognized by the Korea Water Resources Association (KWRA) with the "Outstanding Paper Award," the title of my paper is "Spatiotemporal Pattern of Ecological Droughts by Using the Standardized Water Supply Demand Index in the Hwang River." I also published a paper in Elsevier’s journal "Science of the Total Environment'' (IF: 10.15). The title of his paper is "An integrated framework for understanding ecological drought and drought resistance." Q2. Please introduce the concept and characteristics of your most impactful work so far. A: We developed a new ecological drought index, named the Integrated Ecological Drought Index (IEDI), that takes into account green water flow (evapotranspiration) (the SWAT model), ecological water requirement, and the calculation of the sensitivity of drought characteristics to the temperature to detect ecological drought occurrences and characteristics, such as drought-affected areas, drought severity, drought duration, and drought frequency, for the drought-affected areas based on a related variable and a schematic representation of a new framework extension into ecological systems to contribute to the success and long-term sustainability of ecological drought adaptation. Q3. What was your motivation for joining your current course, and are you satisfied with it? A: As I completed my master's degree, I became highly interested in the topics of climate change and drought, as Afghanistan is one of the countries most vulnerable to these two issues. Therefore, I was encouraged to pursue a Ph.D. in this field. Kangwon National University (KNU) was the best choice in terms of working on research to scale up agriculture's complications with climate change, which includes constructing a hydrological model for calculating and assessing NPS at watersheds. Hence, I am achieving the objectives I defined, but all of this would not have been feasible without the assistance and guidance of my professors at KNU. Q4. What do you consider your biggest challenges while living in Korea? A: Personally, I enjoy living in Korea since it has provided me with a tremendous opportunity to reach an impossible goal, but there are significant challenges that I face while staying here. I have encountered cultural differences, new traditions, language barriers, and fiscal concerns, as are some of the issues I've encountered while living in Korea, but I always endeavor to address them through study, experience, and a great deal of effort. Q5. While studying at KNU, what remains your most memorable souvenir? A: There are many souvenirs to remember, and I noticed that it is common to give gifts on New Year's, Teacher's Day, Korea's Thanksgiving, and BirthDay, and thankfully, I have received a lot from my Korean classmates, but the nicest and most remarkable one is for the New Year by the generous professor. I will always be grateful to her for her unfailing support and guidance as well. Q6. Could you tell us what kind of place or meaning KNU holds in your life? A: I am extremely proud of my achievement in enrolling at KNU for a Ph.D. program. I've been fascinated by science, and I've always wanted to be a scientist since I was a kid; therefore, completing my study and realizing long-held goals are only possible at this university, which always has a special spot through providing high-quality instruction and appropriate facilities. Q7. What would you like to say to your younger self? As in before enlisting in your current program. A: I always say that imagining and daydreaming will not get us where we want to go. until we put in the time and effort. As a result, I should have discovered my learning preferences in advance to realistically prepare my academic goals with a list of all the small and large actions that I needed to take toward my goal, organize all of my study time, and find a suitable study environment like KNU in advance. Q8. What words would you like to leave for students earnestly working towards a successful future? There are numerous depictions, but here are a few lessons I've learned for myself that have resulted in positive outcomes: you must step outside of your comfort zone. It's natural to be scared and apprehensive about attempting something new, but don't let your anxieties keep you from being creative. Second, learn to be adaptable and to communicate well. Understand that people communicate in different ways, especially when they are in a foreign country, and attempt to reach out to them in a way they can understand. Third, begin the semester strong and in the best way possible. Discovering and sticking to the ideal way to work will help you excel in school. Perform well on your earlier assignments to prevent stress later on. Fourth, take advantage of the campus facilities; the library and laboratories are well-equipped. Finally, make sure you get enough rest and sleep, that you get enough rest for your lectures and studies, and that you make your studies a priority by keeping distractions to a minimum. Q9. What is your goal, or what would you like to achieve this year, hopefully? A: I set my goals to be innovative, produce high-quality research, and master the skills and methodologies related to what is currently known about the topics of climate change, drought, SDGs, WRM, and ecological drought by increasing the capacity for critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of novel and challenging concepts while maintaining national and worldwide norms for peer-reviewed publications. Hence, I've always believed that staying up late in the lab, doing lots of research, listening attentively, and employing technology to solve problems are the keys to success. Therefore, two of the previously established objectives—the development of an ecological drought index and the introduction of a new framework for exploring and interpreting the ecology of drought—have already been achieved. And for now, work is still being conducted on the other objectives. Q10. Is there anything you’d like to add? A: I want to highlight that KNU is a place where excellence is celebrated. Come take advantage and become the epitome of knowledge. Take a stand where millions believe it is impossible; it is possible with the guidance and knowledge gained at KNU. I've taken my stance; now it's your turn in the world of expertise.
1. Could you please briefly introduce yourself and your SCIE- class international academic journal? Hello. My name is Rachmi Luthfikasari and come from Indonesia. I’m enrolled in the master’s course in the Department of Biosystems Engineering. Last July, I published a review paper in Wiley’s 「Small」 journal with the title ‘Plant-actuated micro/nanorobotics platform: structural design, functional prospects, and biomedicalapplications’. The review contains the micro-nano robotics platform research development of plant structural and functional systems adaptation through strategic biomimetics. 2. Please introduce the concept and characteristics of your academic journal. In this review, I explained several possibilities to utilize the unique structures and physiological systems of plants (e.g., surface roughness, osmotically induced movements such as nastic and tropic, and energy conversion and harvesting) and adapt them into new emerging technologies through strategic biomimetic approaches such as nanoparticles, nanofibers, and their composites, nanoporous materials, and natural micromotors. Furthermore, these technologies can be utilized to design suitable materials for a micro–nanorobot platform, especially in biomedical applications in the future. The current research is developing a pollen-based antibacterial micro platform and will continue to develop plant-based material to support sustainable engineering. 3. What is the most difficult part of living in Korea for you? After came to Korea, I could write and read, but I couldn’t speak Korean. Even now, I put a lot of effort to increase my Korean speaking ability. And another difficulty is the food. I have restrictions on some kinds of food and have to be selective when I eat so sometimes I can’t go to some restaurants. But I faced the problem by cooking, and while living I could increase my cooking ability. That’s one good point I think. 4. What is your most memorable memory while studying at KNU? I met a lot of good friends here. Every time I have difficulties they are always ready to help me. I think because it’s not the capital city, live in here goes a bit slowly and the peoples are kind and friendly 5. What kind of place does KNU have in your life? I like how strategic the KNU campus location is and how beautiful it is. It’s outside the capital but not that far from the capital. It’s also surrounded by beautiful landscapes suitable for living and a perfect place for study, especially in agricultural research, as KNU is established as one of the agricultural research development centers. 6. Please tell a few words for the students trying their best to be successful in life There is no ‘late’ word in chasing dreams. Don’t be afraid to take any challenge, if you put a lot of hard work into it, sure we will be successful.
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