As we get to know you through the application process to study abroad, it’s only fair that you know a bit about us too! Read on to learn more about the programs team behind all the emails and phone calls and our in-country staff who you will get to know during your time in South Korea. And, of course, feel free to contact us anytime if you have questions!
Meet Team Korea
Trisha is the Team Asia lead working on TEAN programs in Korea and China. Coming from a background of working abroad in Germany, Trisha has traveled to over 35 countries – her most recent travel being a whirlwind trip to Asia! Trisha was lucky enough to visit Seoul during the spring while the cherry blossoms were in bloom. Her favorite thing about Korea is how open locals are in sharing their culture and traditional customs. Korea has such a rich culture and Trisha loves being able to help students experience Seoul and Busan.
What led you to your current role at TEAN?
While in school, I participated in an internship with the Walt Disney Company. Based off that experience, I was able to return to Disney after graduation and joined their recruitment team for Internships & Programs. It was there that I realized my passion for advising and helping students make their professional dreams a reality. After various roles with the company, I accepted an opportunity to work at a resort in southern Germany and spent almost two years in Germany, traveling across Europe extensively. Upon returning to the States, I knew I wanted to combine my love for career advising with my passion for travel, and focused my career search on international education. This field continues to inspire me every day and I enjoy my interactions with students who dream of that life-changing experience of going abroad.
Why would you encourage a student to pursue an internship abroad?
An internship is crucial for professional success after graduation. Knowing how much my own internship benefitted me professionally, while also knowing how much living abroad encourages personal growth, I think it’s an incredible combination for a student. TEAN’s internships are totally hands-on and interns get the rare experience of receiving close mentorship from experts in the field. If an international internship sounds at all intimidating, I think that’s all the more reason to do it! Our internship program is designed to not only challenge a student, but support them at the same time. Students return home with a sense of confidence and tangible achievements that will stand out on job or graduate school applications.
If you were going to study on a TEAN program tomorrow, where would you go?
It’s hard to choose but New Zealand is toward the top of my list of places I haven’t been yet, so I think I’d have to choose the University of Otago. I love the idea of living on the South Island and seeing all that beautiful New Zealand has to offer. I’m also partial to old, sprawling university campuses and quintessential college towns. I think life in Dunedin would suit me well!
What is your favorite travel quote?
My all-time favorite line that I’ve always applied to my travel adventures is “and I will learn to love the skies I’m under,” from the Mumford and Sons song, Hopeless Wanderer. I mentally reference this line every time I find myself in a new place, because it’s such a great reminder that traveling isn’t always sunshine and roses — it can be tough. Maybe it takes a day or two to adjust to new surroundings, maybe months, and that’s okay! Choosing to love the skies I’m under and remembering why I made the decision to leave my comfort zone in the first place, helps me see the beauty of reveling in my current surroundings.
Allison’s first experience overseas was her internship at a business school in Paris as an undergrad. That experience sparked her love of international education, and she is happy to now work at TEAN’s Chicago office on the Asia team. She loves helping students discover all that Korea has to offer. Some of Allison’s travel highlights include overlooking Seoul from the Bukchon Observatory and watching the sunrise on Haeundae Beach in Busan. There is so much to see, do and eat in Korea – it will never bore you!
Explain a bit about your role at TEAN.
I work on several of our programs, helping advise students throughout the application process and prepare for their semester abroad. I am also on our custom programs team where I coordinate faculty-led programs.
How did your study abroad experience lead to you working at TEAN?
Between working at my school and working closely with my advisors before going abroad, I realized that I really enjoyed interacting with students and wanted to help other people experience the immense personal growth and independence that comes from traveling internationally. TEAN was the perfect fit in terms of its mission and structure, and I’m so happy to have ended up here!
What advice do you give to a student who wants to study abroad but has no idea where they should go?
I think the biggest question you should ask yourself is what you want to gain from the experience. Have you been studying a language your whole life and want an opportunity to use it? Do you want to experience a culture that is completely opposite from how you grew up? Do you want to be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a big city or do you want to feel like a part of the community in a small town? Starting with these kinds of questions will help narrow down the list.
What makes TEAN HQ in Chicago a great place to work?
The TEAN office has a very positive atmosphere and is filled with people who are passionate about what they do. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues each day! Our office dog, Kora, is also a great addition to the team, and loves to visit our desks or join us in meetings.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Besides traveling, I love spending afternoons in coffee shops, going to concerts and virtually exploring the world on Google Earth street view! My goal this year is to be able to locate every country on a map.
Student Service Manager - Seoul
A Seoul native, Minhee graduated with a BA in English Language and Literature in Korea. After college, she did an international internship program sponsored by the Korean government that began in San Francisco. This life-changing experience that helped her learn how to interact and communicate with people from all different countries and cultures. Outside of work, she likes exploring different cafes, browsing through vintage shops, and seeking worldwide adventures. She has visited19 countries, 60+ cities, and is planning plenty of future travels!
Internship Coordinator - Seoul
Born and raised in Seoul, Euisoo knew he wanted to study abroad during college after he experienced traveling to Europe for the first time in high school. Euisoo graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh, majoring in Hospitality Management and participating in the National Student Exchange program in Hilo, Hawaii. After graduation, he went to Tokyo on a Working Holiday visa to discover different Asian cultures and fell in love with the country. He has now visited more than 30 countries and is still eager to explore more of the world! Before working in international education, he worked in hospitality in South Korea and Canada for five years.
Resident Director - Busan
While studying Childcare and Family Counseling at Dong-eui University in Busan, Yeseul longed for new adventures outside of South Korea. This longing led her to travel to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, and Indonesia. During her last year of university, Yeseul helped Thai exchange students discover more about Korean culture. Yeseul’s superpower is making everyone in any given situation feel comfortable with her friendliness and smile. Passionate about cultural exchange, she is excited to share her country and culture with TEAN students!