2021 Spring UIC Freshmen Orientation
by Addie Gerszberg (IS ’19.5)
On February 16, the 2021 UIC International Student Freshman Orientation took place online, welcoming our most competitive cohort yet to the UIC community. The event was organized and facilitated by UIC Academic Advisor Professor Hyunsang Kim, with warm remarks given by several members of the UIC administration and presentations by current UIC students.
With approximately 50 new students present, the program began with welcoming words from professors who hold leadership positions at UIC including the Dean of UIC, Professor Taeyoon Sung. All speakers focused on the strengths of UIC as an innovator of English liberal arts education in East Asia, and the pride the students should feel attending our institution.
Experienced UIC students describe the RC programs
While students were unable to create bonds in person given the online platform, in small breakout groups, students were given a chance to introduce themselves and start to get to know their peers. In the second part of the orientation, Academic Advisor Hyunsang Kim prepared information about cultural adjustment, and current UIC students Addie Gerszberg, Diana Duran, and Izabela Berile prepared sessions on other school-related matters. They covered various topics such as how to accomplish essential tasks (like how to issue a student ID card and open a Korean bank account) and how to make the most of Yonsei’s online educational environment (from the online student portal to using the Yonsei Library website).
Students share their personal experiences of what it means to be a UIC student
In the third part of the orientation, other current students gave presentations about their own UIC experiences, and how they have made the most of UIC’s resources and of living in South Korea as foreigners to give inspiration and tips about what awaits our freshmen in the coming years as Yonsei UIC students.
It was an exciting and informative start for the class of 2021.