Anna (Ye Sul) Kim
Trinity class of 2012
Major: Political Science, Spanish
Certificate: Latino/a Studies in the Global South
How did you get interested in Latino/a Studies?
I did Duke Engage in Tucson in my first year, which was one of the best choices I have ever made at Duke. Before then, I was not particularly interested in Latino/a Studies; actually, since I’m from South Korea where people hardly hear the term Latino/a, for me Latino/a Studies was nothing much more than one of the certificates I can pursue as a Spanish major. However, after Duke Engage in Tucson, during which I fortunately had a lot of precious experiences, especially concerning undocumented immigrants, within the Latino/a community there, I decided to study diverse aspects of Latinidad more profoundly. Now as majoring in Political Science and Spanish, I wish to contribute to political and legal realm of understanding Latinidad, and furthermore apply what I have learned not only to the United States but also to other regions of the world with ethnic identity conflicts.
What are the best experiences you have had at Duke?
I definitely recommend Duke Engage and Duke in Spain summer program. Both widened my perspective greatly and gave me opportunities to contemplate what I want and can do in the future and throughout my life. Those two summer programs made my summers at Duke worthwhile.
What are your goals/plans after graduation?
I’m planning to go back to South Korea and prepare for working in the diplomatic field.