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Faces, Voices: Joon Sub Lee

June 1, 2011
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Joon Sub Lee, a Korean boarding student at Trinity-Pawling, is the school’s valedictorian this year. His goals, like his achievements, are large and many. Ever since he could remember, Joon Sub has wanted to be a scientist; later, this aspiration would take more definite form in his interest in immunology. Due to a severe lack of government funding, however, Korea’s research opportunities are far less developed than those in America—hence his decision to study in the states.

As a foreigner, Joon Sub says he has often felt ostracized through both language and cultural barriers. “I do have good friends here, but still … there are certain limits that a non-athletic Asian kid cannot pass.” On the Korean subculture at Trinity-Pawling Joon Sub said, “there is a secluded group of foreign students, but it’s not purely the American’s fault … in most cases, Asian students tend to just hang around with themselves, speak their own language.”

Despite the difficulties in learning outside of his native language and culture, however, Joon Sub has continually pushed himself out of his comfort zone. Academically, he has taken a total of 12 advanced placement exams in his high school career (a standing record at T-P), including the AP English exam. In his extracurricular regimen Joon Sub has also found himself in almost every niche at Trinity-Pawling, “I think my various interests in multiple areas and my tendency to constantly push myself allowed me to become an actor, a singer, a magician.”

Joon Sub plans to matriculate next year to the University of California, Berkeley, as a molecular and cellular biology major and hopes to do research in the field of immunology after graduate school. Eventually, he plans to bring back the knowledge he’s gained here in the states and establish a more structured system of research in Korea.

This article is sponsored by a generous donation from M&S of Pawling. http://www.mandsofpawling.com/

One Response to Faces, Voices: Joon Sub Lee

  1. jamuller on August 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Nice Article

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