Category: Increasing Diversity Outreach and Support in International Education

Rites of Passage: Academic Impact of Korean Students Military Duty

Thursday, Jun 1
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Table 24

The poster presents research on the academic impact of Korean male college students’ military service on their study and career planning. Walk away with best practices for pre-departure and post-military services.

Anny Lin

Senior Academic Advisor
Minneapolis, MN

Anny Lin has been a higher education professional since 1995 either on student affairs or academic advising. Over the last ten years, she has been taking on additional responsibility as an International Student Liaison for international undergraduate student population while working as an academic advisor at Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She created a series of international student programming in Carlson School since 2008 by helping students network with faculty, prepare and understand job search processes and challenges, and offer interactive workshop to help international students by bridging the differences between international students and domestic American students. She was recognized as a winner of 2015 C. Eugene Allen Award for Innovative International Initiatives by the GPS Alliance at the University of Minnesota. Anny was also a Staff of the Year Award winner at the Carlson School in 2007. Anny has done a number of international student focused presentations and interviews over the last few years either on campus or regional NAFSA conference. In 2014, she was interviewed by MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) talking about how International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University worked with colleges, like Carlson School, to meet the challenges and needs of international Korean students on campus. Anny holds the Master degree of Arts in the Counseling and Student Personnel Program (CSPP) at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Jun Seok Lee

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

Jun Seok (Nick) Lee is a senior student majoring in MIS, Management Information System, in Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He served as a squad leader and operation interpreter during his mandatory two-year military services at his home country South Korea from 2013 to 2015. Nick excels in academics, and has also gained numerous professional experiences through several internships. Currently, he is a Technology & Operations Intern at the Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management (RBC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Nick is dedicated to share his personal and academic experiences impacted by Korean military service experiences with academic professionals and other Korean international students on campus at the University of Minnesota. Under supervision and mentoring, he initiated this research with full passion and invaluable insights about this issue. Following rigorous research guidance, Nick implemented variety research activities of the study, and have done 3 professional presentations at a campus-wide conference and workshops to showcase the research findings among faculty, staff, and students. His contributions to this research has dramatically helped academic professionals and other Korean international students to better prepare military services and readjustment upon return.