Student Spotlight 2023: Gyeongrok Jeong, U.S. Army

Tell us about yourself.

I am from Yeosu-si, South Korea, and I served in the U.S. Army as an aircraft electrician. I joined the Army to serve the country I migrated to and help my family financially. A fun fact about myself is that I once participated in an event called Afghanistan’s Got Talent while deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan. I sang Time is Running Out by Muse.

Why did you decide to participate in WSP this summer, and was there a shift in your confidence level from the first day of the course to the last day?

Before attending WSP’s humanities and STEM course at the University of Arizona, I had taken trigonometry and participated in a six-month online IT program. I decided to apply to WSP because I was laid off from work and wanted to leverage my free time to go to college as I intended when I migrated to the U.S. My confidence was low on the first day of both humanities and STEM week. I had not studied in an academic setting utilizing English. By the final day, I gained a good amount of confidence and felt that I could be successful in an academic environment.

What were some key insights you gained during your course, and what is your biggest takeaway?

A key insight I gained while at WSP’s academic boot camp was how to leverage the soft skills I acquired in the military and implement them in a classroom environment. Another valuable lesson I learned was that I can work with others, and we can learn and grow together. This was not something I did when I was in high school.

In one word, How would you describe your overall experience?

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