As part of my summer fieldwork for the Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) program, I had the unique opportunity to travel to Seoul, South Korea for two weeks. While there, I visited five different universities to meet with current students, staff, and faculty, sit-in on classes and tour each campus. In addition, I worked at the USC Korea International Office to develop a brand recognition and marketing campaign for their office.
It was a whirlwind of an adventure and I am so thankful for the opportunity the PASA program has given me to pursue my interest in international higher education. My experience in Seoul gave me a first-hand look at the hierarchical education system in Korea and provided me with insight into understanding the mindset of a Korean university student. By fully understanding the challenges and needs of these students, I hope to provide more effective student services.
I am so excited to put what I learned into practice this fall when I co-teach an American Culture Class series for international students!
Breanne Tcheng is a 2nd year PASA student and graduate of the University of California San Diego. During her time here at USC and Rossier, Breanne has been active in the PASA Network as a First-Year Liaison and currently serves as the PASA Network President. She has worked with the USC Alternative Breaks Program, San Diego State University’s Office of Student Life and Leadership, and is now working full-time as an Admissions Counselor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Her favorite things about the PASA program thus far has been the endless opportunities for professional development, the supportive network from her friends and professors, and the unique chance to do her fieldwork in Seoul, South Korea. When she’s not immersed in the student affairs world, she loves to try new recipes and restaurants with fellow foodie friends, practice photography, and go on adventures around the city.