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From Fisher College to UC San Diego

08 Jun, 2024
From Fisher College to UC San Diego

Kings student Seoyoung Chang is majoring in Psychology. Here, he tells is about his time with us at Fisher College in Boston, and his plans to transfer to top ranked west coast school UC San Diego.

Hi Seoyoung! Which Kings school did you study at what your major?

My major is psychology at Fisher College.

What made you pursue a college degree in America?

I had an experience of language school for a year in New York, and then I wished to study abroad to change my major from Philosophy to Psychology.

Did you participate in any extracurricular activities (student clubs, sports, participated in the international student internships)?

Of course, I did. I participated in lots of things to do what I wanted. First of all, I participated in the Psychology and Biology clubs and usually participated in weekly meetings. Secondly, I attended the Dean’s List from fall 2022 to spring 2024, took the honors students’ program, presented two social sciences, and discussed the near future and society. Thirdly, I also participated in Pediatric Cancer Research with a biology professor at Fisher College. I joined my biology professor’s pediatric cancer research project and studied how to predict the recurrence of the disease using the stochastic differential equation.

In addition, I was a mentor in Professor Sforza’s EN101 class. I served as a sort of academic and personal guideline; helped look over their papers, and grabbed lunch with them to see what they were doing mentally, and emotionally.

Moreover, I participated in the PIE Live North America conference at the recommendation of Director Nino. I participated in the round-table session. I discussed some opportunities or challenges I had faced and the advantages of studying abroad.

In addition, I talked with some professors about my career and ambitions post-graduation. I especially focused on mental health. Thus, I volunteered at the Animal Rescue League of Boston during the semesters, and when I had a summer break, I had an internship at a hospital and volunteered for the ADHD and autism children’s hospital, and North Korean refugee children’s trauma and counseling center, etc. Besides I participated in lots of global conferences from conducting a meeting of the UN.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I want to go to graduate school. I want to study Psychology in more detail as a major.

Why did you choose to study with Kings?

The Korean study abroad agency strongly recommended Kings Boston, and as a result, I was able to achieve good results from the preparation for admission to the final outcomes. Therefore, I highly recommend it.

Are there any memorable classes, why did you like it? What are the classes you found more challenging?

The most memorable and challenging class was the honors program, which was exclusively for scholarship students. I had relatively little experience with public speaking and presentations, but through this class, I had the opportunity to give two presentations and gain a wealth of knowledge. It also provided a chance to discuss and think about how future leaders should navigate modern society.

What are some of the activities you have participated in?

I joined the soccer team, computer science club, engineering society and business club. I enjoyed the soccer team most because we had a very good team, and we won the state championship. My teammates were friendly, and they are my good friends now. Playing soccer has been an unforgettable memory for me.

Which schools have you applied to and decided to transfer to? Why did you choose that university?

I was admitted to UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, and UC San Diego. I decided to transfer to UC San Diego ranked #28 nationally. Since my relatives and younger siblings all graduated from UC schools, I naturally developed a desire to attend UC as well. While preparing my application with my Student Success Advisor Abby Tutor, I had the opportunity to deeply explore the type of students UC seeks.

How did Kings advisors guide you/help you through the transfer process?

As mentioned earlier, with Abby Tutor’s wholehearted assistance, I was able to actively seek out all the information I was curious about regarding UC. She helped me understand the type of students UC desires and recommended extracurricular activities relevant to my major, which allowed me to gain valuable practical experience. Consequently, through numerous revisions of my personal statement, I believe I was able to successfully transfer to my desired university, UC. Therefore, I highly recommend Abby and am confident that she will be an invaluable guide on your successful transfer journey.