Donor Stories - Prof. Eunhee Seo

1. Begin by briefly introducing yourself.

My name is Eunhee Seo, an assistant professor of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program. I have been working at Mason for the past seven years and have witnessed the university’s growth.


2. Share what inspired you to support Mason Korea and why it resonates with you personally.

While I was pursuing my Ph.D. in the U.S., I joined a Bible study led by a pastor who was preparing to be a missionary in East Asia. About the time I completed my Ph.D. and secured a job, the pastor was leaving for his missionary work and was seeking donors. Having known him and his vision for his missionary work, I felt motivated to support him. Additionally, as a donor, I appreciated receiving news and updates from the pastor, allowing me to stay connected. Since then, I have expanded my donations to various non-profit organizations on a regular basis. When Mason Korea began promoting donations, I saw it as an opportunity and decided to contribute regularly because Mason Korea holds a special place in my heart, and I have a vested interest in the university’s growth, including the student body.


3. Describe any memorable experiences at MK

Having been part of the early faculty at Mason Korea, I have witnessed the struggles and difficulties faced by many of my students, ranging from financial and social issues to personal matters. While mentoring exceptionally talented and outstanding students may come naturally, I have found it more demanding and challenging to guide those who are at risk, particularly those who are dealing with various challenges related to their studentship. Many of our students arrive at MK with unique personal backgrounds. As the Program Coordinator of EAP, I have had the privilege of mentoring many at-risk students, where I had to assume multiple roles: going beyond that of a teacher and becoming a nurturing figure to help them succeed. Observing the changes and growth in their behavior has brought me a deep sense of fulfillment and hope as an educator.


4. Conclude by expressing the importance of collective action and how others can contribute.

Monthly donations play a vital role in the university’s financial aid planning. Even a small contribution, like the cost of a daily cup of coffee, can have a profound long-term impact on students. Joining forces as a community, we can make a significant difference in the lives of our students and recognize the power of collective action.