Training for Life

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Sean Kim is part of UMKC ROTC

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Sean Kim, ‘17 Program: Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies – Journalism and Mass Communications
School: College of Arts and Sciences Department of Communication Studies
Groups and organizations: UMKC Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps)
Hometown: Lee’s Summit, Missouri


Why did you choose your field of study at UMKC?

I chose my field of study, communications and journalism, because it allows me to travel and connect with other people. I hope to be a national correspondent in broadcasting.

What are the challenges of the program?

The challenges of the program are balancing time with the outside assignments: having a job, being in ROTC and the National Guard, and on top of it, being a college student.

What are the benefits of your program?

Being in Kansas City and having connections with local businesses and news stations.

Why did you join the UMKC ROTC?

I was struggling to pay bills. It’s been a good decision. In ROTC, the training officers care about you. They want you to succeed. They push you and it can be tiring, but it’s really sparked my drive.

It’s been beneficial in other ways, too. The training helps with physical fitness, and it’s given me leadership skills. It’s grown my patriotism, and it is diverse. My family is from South Korea, and I identify with two worlds – the other being the United States. I find that being involved with the ROTC and National Guard is the best way to serve my country.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a professor?

Relax, take time for yourself.

What do you admire most about UMKC?

What I admire most about UMKC is the diversity of students and its connection to the city. The school allows me to meet many different types of people, and lets me grow and explore the city.

What does being a first-generation student mean to you?

It means I have to work very hard and give it my all. It’s not just for myself, but for my family and future generations.

What word best describes you?

Caring, because I care a lot about my friends and family.


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