Joy Kim


Lived in Northern Virginia my whole life, rising junior, majoring in Computer Science.

Truth is, I’ll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour.     – Tom Hanks

There are just too many things we are not exposed to for us to make definite pre-judgements about anything, and not enough experience under our belt to be able to reject any for the sake of “not feeling it”.
I felt that my experience of applying to DukeEngage was that everything fell into place in terms of scheduling, my desires for travel, but not quite for the actual mission itself. So as unenthusiastic I was for this program, just as the quote said, I (almost forcefully) relied on optimism to carry me through the semester. Thankfully, by embracing the things I was learning for this program I became more excited for this trip not just for visiting my mother country but for the people that we would be serving, for the opportunity to be a part of the work that is already being done.

Yay for DukeEngage South Korea ’16, can’t wait to meet the students, to build relationships with the students and the team, and do the best I can for those around me.