'Excellence in academics', Meet Jin Seong Choi

'Excellence in academics', Meet Jin Seong Choi

Can you briefly introduce yourself?

My name is Jin Seong Choi and I am a senior studying Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Governance. I started my academic career at Mason Korea in Fall 2017 and I have had a great experience here that I believe will help me in the future both academically and in my career development.

Where do your academic interests lie?

My academic interests lie in the fields of international relations and international security, and I am specifically interested in studying state behaviors and reactions to certain international crises or issues.

What is your favorite part of being a Mason Korea student?

George Mason University Korea really cares about your career development. In January 2020, I was offered an internship position at the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. I was able to gain information about internships at international organizations including the United Nations offices situated here at Songdo from the Career Development Center (CDC) here at Mason Korea. The Career Development Center provides constructive advice on application strategies as well as writing resumes and structuring cover letters, all of which greatly contribute to increasing the chances of employment. Mason Korea also offers diverse on-campus internships through which you can develop work experience as well as job skills relevant for your future career.

What is the one part of your degree program that has had the most impact on you?

George Mason University is known as a research-oriented institution in the U.S. To match such a reputation, the Center for Security Policy Studies – Korea (CSPS – Korea) was officially launched in May 2019, and the Center has been providing invaluable opportunities to students of Global Affairs at Mason Korea in terms of engaging in research activities related to security studies, international relations, and diplomacy. As a branch institute of the Center for Security Policy Studies at Arlington, Virginia, CSPS – Korea aims to address various security issues – both traditional and non-traditional – in conjunction with scholars and policy makers in the field.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself working in conflict areas, affiliated with an international organization after finishing my master’s degree.