Mason Korea professors Gyu Tag Lee and Claude Drolet gave special lectures to some 100 students at Songdo High School in May and June as part of a youth mentoring program organized by the Office of Community Relations. Professor Lee, our resident K-Pop expert who teaches anthropology and culture, taught “Introduction to K-Pop,” while Professor Drolet, who teaches communication, lectured on the “Fundamentals of Public Speaking.” Three Mason Korea students also delivered special mentoring sessions for the students at the all-boys high school.
"It was an interesting experience to meet these high school students and talk about K-Pop,” said Professor Lee. “Some of these students expressed their interest in the topic and approached me with questions even after the lecture. I look forward to more opportunities to connect with our local community through Mason Korea’s community engagement programs."
"Students like these are always the highlight of a school visit,” said Professor Drolet. “The young men at Songdo High School were engaged and active. It was great to hear their comments and questions."
“The students were more eager and engaged than I expected, said Seojin Oh (sophomore, global affairs major), one of the student mentors. “We made the mentoring session more interactive by playing games. Being a few years older than these students, we were able to offer advice, such as encouraging them to learn English to gain more opportunities. The students were also curious about Mason Korea and we had a Q&A session about our university. I would definitely want to participate in this program again.”
July 21, 2021