The Korean Students Association (KSA) hosted their first meeting for the fall semester Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Kelce. Several students, both international and domestic, attended the meeting.
Choong Lee, KSA advisor and business professor, opened the meeting by welcoming the students, then the KSA president and the seven other officers introduced themselves.
“My job is to help KSA to carry all their program without difficulties, and to give them all the support, financial, moral and all kind of support,” Lee said.
KSA also offers support for students, many of whom are in the U.S. for the first time, and gives them opportunities to connect with other students and the community.
“It is more about introducing our culture to Pittsburg community because last semester we did a lot of events for this reason,” Seunghyun Lee, senior in English and KSA president, said. “It was very meaningful because one of the benefits of being international students is our ability to exchange our culture with each other.”
KSA not only includes Korean students, but also students from other countries as well as local students.
“KSA has about 40 members and we have students from Korea, Taiwan, Malesia, China, United States, and some other countries,” Lee said. “The Korean Students Association is open to anyone, not only Korean students, but also the community members. We always call it the extended family of PSU. Anybody interested in Korean culture or wanting to make some friends can join KSA.”
After introductions, the KSA members introduced the group’s agenda for the semester. KSA plans on hosting some of their popular events on PSU campus and are starting soon to get ready for their first event which will be in two weeks.
“The biggest event for this semester is Korean Thanksgiving Day,” Lee said. “That holiday is one of the biggest in Korea, and I am really looking forward it because it is meaningful for the Korean culture. We are going to make Korean dishes and it is opened to everyone. I am thinking we are going to do three to four events for this semester.”
Lee added that the goal for this semester is to make KSA more popular and to reach out more to the community.
After the meeting ended, students stayed around to socialize and eat pizza.
“Korean culture is very popular in Taiwan and I really wanted to learn Korean. I love Korean food, and I want to learn how to make that,” Chi En Sung, senior in international business and exchange student from Taiwan, said. “Mia, my first Korean friend I met here is very lovely, and we have almost the same culture. I met many more Korean friends. I am excited about the fun games, the food, the culture, and their traditional dances.”