Although they come from three different backgrounds and two countries, three SolBridge Students share a common appointment with destiny: they will soon be hitting the books at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) in the fall 2014 semester.
Lingling “Jessica” Zhang, Zhongfan Jian, and Kim “Kate” So-hyun will be joining seven other SolBridge students who have already taken advantage of this unique 2+2 program the two schools have with each other whereby students can obtain two degrees.
“I want to study in America, perhaps study MBA in the US. I think it’s good to spend two years here and two years in America to experience the two cultures,” Jessica said. “Here I am not too homesick because I am close to my home (China).”
Zhongfan, echoed Jessica’s sentiments.
“According to my mom’s view, it was a good idea for me to study in the United States which is still the frontier of the business field,” Zhongfan said.
Interestingly, Zhongfan’s mother already knew about Georgia Tech and hoped that her son would be able to attend after studying at SolBridge for two years.
Kate, on the other hand, had been planning to go to Georgia Tech ever since she started SolBridge to expand her horizons.
“Georgia Tech was the reason why I came to SolBridge,” Kate said. “I had been thinking about going to nursing school at Woosong, but when I heard about Georgia Tech and the 2+2 program SolBridge had with the school, I thought that studying business would be a perfect fit for me.”
Finding out information about Georgia Tech was easy for all three students who either heard about the program by visiting SolBridge’s website or by talking to their classmates. However, all three students advised students who are thinking about attending to plan as early as they can.
“Choose your courses wisely,” Zhongfan suggested.
Although Georgia Tech might be the right choice for some students who would like to expand their horizons, it might not be a good idea for those looking for a job closer to home.
“If you want to find a good job in Korea maybe it’s not wise to go there,” Jessica said.
At least one student is concerned about what awaits once they arrive in the United States.
“I am really scared about going to America because there will be no one to support me,” Kate said. “I am afraid of the language barrier and all the papers I will have to write. I heard from the people already there that we will have to study more, too.”
Nonetheless, Jessica, Zhongfan, and Kate are confident that they will do well once they start Georgia Tech.
“Maybe there’s a little nervousness,” Jessica said. “I’ve never been too far from my home country, but after two years in Korea I think I can manage it.”
“Don’t be afraid to take a challenge,” Kate added.