Jihwan You

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling

  • International student from Seoul, South Korea
  • Graduated in 2015
  • Has made lifelong friends at Bradford
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Why did you decide to study at the University of Bradford?

I attended a lecture about the University of Bradford while studying in the NCUK programme and I was impressed.

I come from Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, which was always very fast and busy. I knew I wanted to come to a city that was smaller and more peaceful. I wanted to experience more than the busy city life.

What was your favourite thing about the course?

I was so impressed with the counselling module. I thought it was just going to be like a normal textbook lecture, but the professor had a lot of fieldwork experience in counselling.

I could see that the University was trying to give us really practical knowledge, even in the lecture theatre.

University gave me a lot of different experiences which changed my life. Since graduating I am more open minded and confident.

Were you involved in any clubs or societies?

Coming to university was not just about studying for me, I actually had a lot of experiences which is why I love it here.

I was on the exec for the Psychology Society and we organised events which was really nice.

I was also a member of the International Cooking Society, Korean Society and Hellenic and Cypriot Society - one of my best friends is Greek and introduced me to different societies.

I think a lot of international students forget about other experiences that university offers, such as trips, societies, volunteering, and events. There's so many opportunities here, I'd advise everyone to get involved.

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What challenges did you overcome during your time here?

As an international student, English is not my mother tongue. In the first year of my studies I had very seriously difficulty talking to people or sharing my experience in English.

At the time I was scared to use English, I was worried I would say something wrong or I wouldn’t understand what people said back to me in conversation. I was almost ready to quit university.

However, I got lucky and experienced a serious turning point with my university life at the Psychology Society party. I was really impressed by how these people cared about me, even though I couldn’t talk English to them very much.

It made me realise that University of Bradford students care about others so much, it was so nice.

What challenges did you overcome during your time here?

What have you been up to since graduating in 2015?

After graduating, I went back to South Korea and did my two years national service in the military. It was really difficult for me because I'd gone from living independently in Bradford to a strict military lifestyle. It was a big change.

Now that I have finished my service I have a decision to make. I have two options, I can apply for a working holiday visa for the UK and work here in Bradford or stay in South Korea.

I've stayed in touch with all of my friends which has been so nice. It's the main reason why I want to come back to Bradford. However, I'm an only child so if I leave South Korea my parents would be alone, it would be really hard to take care of them.

It's going to be a hard decision.

What have you been up to since graduating in 2015?

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