Minhee Kong

Minhee

Kong

Korea (South)
My course always challenged and helped me to improve my weak points. I can see the difference between how I was in my first term, and now. The course modules really guided me in shaping my future goals.

More about Minhee

Can you tell us why you chose to study in the UK and why you chose NTU?

“I have always been interested in art and heritage within different cultural backgrounds. I decided to come to the UK, as I knew that it was the most renowned country for museology. I had experience studying English in a private academy in the UK, which made my decision even easier. I made a shortlist of schools I wanted to apply for, and checked their curriculums. NTU was my first choice, and I felt most welcome during the application process.”

What route did you take into postgraduate study?  

“I have been working for ten years as a book translator. I mainly translate art, history, traditional architecture, and culture books, and naturally gained interest in these subjects over time. I thought it would be helpful for my future career if I could gain in-depth knowledge on art and heritage, and specialise in this field.”

How did you feel about coming to UK university?

“I was looking forward to it. The UK has a strong  image academically. I always wanted to be a part of it as a student.”

What were the key features that attracted you to your course?

“The work placement.”

When choosing a course for postgraduate study what did you consider it important to have?

“The curriculum and how the school responds to students when they are in need of help.”

How does the way you study at NTU differ from your previous experience of studying?

“I have become more actively engaged in classes, and expressing my opinions. This is a totally different and in a way difficult experience, considering my cultural background.”

If you are working as well as studying, what does your job entail and how do you juggle both?

“I am working as a book translator. It wasn’t easy to be a full-time student and a full-time worker at the same time. My job is computer-based work, so I can work anywhere in the world if there’s internet. Time management is key so I carefully managed my study and work schedule, and always planned ahead.”

How will your course benefit your career?

“My Masters degree will accredit my professional knowledge in the heritage field.”

What has been your greatest achievement as an NTU postgraduate student so far?

“My course always challenged and helped me to improve my weak points. I can see the difference between how I was in my first term, and now. The course modules really guided me in shaping my future goals.”

Have your career plans changed as a result of your postgraduate study?

“Yes, indeed. I figured out the specific field I wanted to be in, based on my experiences in museums and my work placement.”

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