God has blessed and enriched my life as a TCK (Third-Culture Kid). I was born in Seoul, Korea, then moved to the Philippines at the age of 8 when my parents were called to serve and were commissioned to the Philippines. Growing up in another country, I was able to experience and witness God’s constant working hands in changing the lives of His beloved children through ministries. From the jungle tribal villages, uninhabited floating islands to the squatter villages, life in the Philippines shaped me in my personal, cultural, and spiritual growth.
I came to New York City in 2016 for my undergraduate studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and graduated in 2020 with a major in Forensic Psychology and a minor in Addiction Studies. As a laboratory student researcher, my research background was neuroscience–perceptions, linguistics, mental health disorders, etc.
Throughout my college years as an international student, I served as a discipleship leader in Cru’s campus ministry called Soon Movement, as well as actively engaged in International Student Association and the Committee for International Students.
I came to hear about IFI through a close friend of mine in her newsletters when she worked at IFI. After my neuroscience lab internship ended, I was praying for my next step, either to seek work opportunities as a lab assistant or pursue graduate studies. Around Christmas time in 2021, I reached out to IFI, wondering if there are ways to serve internationals at IFI New York City during the holidays and winter break. God’s timing is so good–since then, I joined the IFI New York City team as a Campus Minister!
Having been an international student in the U.S. myself, I am excited to see how He would use me to reach out to and serve the internationals in New York City.
From the tribal jungles in the Philippines to the urban jungle of Manhattan, I am still in awe of how our Creator God so carefully weaves and masterfully orchestrates the lives of His people. I believe God has great things for international students in NYC to start creating waves of sharing his love across nations all according to His good, pleasing and perfect will.
I love anything related to nature–swimming, water sports, biking, hiking, fishing–as well as exploring little hidden gems around the city and adding them to my list of serene spots in New York City.