23 September 2019 • Content team
Just a Moment with Heeju Byun
“I arrived on August 11. My first impression was that this is a happy country. Compared to Korea, I already experience more freedom. I didn’t choose this place because of the rankings of universities, but because of the country. I’m very interested in languages. I have been especially interested in Polish, Hungarian and Dutch.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit an Open Day at a university in Korea where there was a Dutch lecture. I’ve been dreaming to go the Netherlands ever since. I think the Dutch language is so beautiful. Especially the g-sound. My favorite word is ‘gezellig’. I learned it doesn’t really have a translation, but that it means something like comfortable, cosy.
I began to study the Dutch language in 2016 and spread my knowledge by giving some courses to my classmates in high school. I even posted some videos that help other Korean people who are learning Dutch on YouTube. I’m a bit shy because I don’t have that many subscribers yet. It’s my Dutch diary. I teach my followers how to say bye and the names of the months and seasons. I really want to be the person to spread the word that Holland is the country to go to. Like others have an American dream, I have a Dutch dream!”
Heeju Byun (19), first-year-student European Studies
JUST A MOMENT
Over the course of a day, you see dozens of faces passing by: in the Atrium, on the stairs, on your way to class. Behind each face is a unique story. This series of interviews, inspired by ‘Humans of New York’, gives readers a little peek into the lives of students and staff at THUAS.