The University of Guam is host to many international students every year. These students hail from partner univerisities in Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan and Russia to name a few. Recently four students attended the UOG English Language Institute as part of an exchange program with Chonbuk National University in Korea. One of the students, Hyojin Lee, a sophomore agriculture economics major shares about her experience living in Guam for three months and attending UOG.
I came to Guam as part of the English Language Institute. I studied with many international friends. While at ELI, I emphasized improving my listening skills and writing skills. I especially feel like my English conversation ability has improved and I have better pronunciation than before. Through the ELI classes, I have overcome my fear of English.
I'm also really thankful for Carlos [Taitano, Associate Director of Professional & Internation Programs which runs ELI]. He has been very kind and helped us feel welcome and at home.
I chose Guam because it is very close to Korea. In addition, I like how Guam and Korea’s time difference is only one hour. So, I don’t need to worry about jet lag. Furthermore, the locals of Guam have very good English pronunciation. When locals from Guam speak English, they speak more slowly than Americans, so it helps when I am learning the language. Since this is my first time studying abroad, I think Guam is the right choice for me.
While studying in Guam, I've met very friendly UOG students from the International Friendship Club (IFC). Also, I have met a lot of new people at the dormitory from Chuuk, Saipan and China. My Chuukese friends Kim and Ray offered their traditional clothes as gifts. The dorm residence assistants, Stephanie, Angelica and Matt always help us. They are all very friendly, and it helps me practice my English when I talk with them.
I really love Guam. As of now I am an exchange student. So, I have to concentrating on my studies. Besides, I am only 20 years old, I can’t rent a car, I usually stay at the dorm. If I come back to Guam, I plan to rent a car and go around the island. Also, I‘d like to meet Guam friends again. If by chance, I get married and have children, I’d love to live on Guam and raise my children here. Guam is a very safe place with lots of kind people.
I am a member of IFC I volunteered for the “light the ways for individual with disabilities” sunset 5K run. I cheered for the runners. After I saw them, I was inspired by their efforts. I felt that I could do anything. Because regardless of their disabilities, they still ran the race. In addition, I worked at the Integrated Marketing office as an intern of Jonas. He really helped me. I had a very memorable time at the University of Guam and I am very thankful.
The University of Guam Professional and International Programs (PIP) office engages with universities and schools across Asia and welcomes more than 4,000 students per year to campus.