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After Earning Business Degree, Graduate Returns to American National University for ESL Program

Yoon Kim (pictured) came to the United States in hopes of improving her daughter’s educational opportunities and wound up advancing her own education as well. She worked for over 10 years as an accountant in her home country, South Korea, and came to the U.S. when her daughter was in middle school so she could have a better education.

Yoon found out about American National University from a friend and graduated from the Roanoke Valley Campus in 2011 with an associate degree in business management. She is now enrolled in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and brushing up on her English grammar, reading, speaking, and vocabulary skills in hopes that it will help her get a new job. She wants to own her own small business one day.

Now that her daughter is a student at a nearby college, Yoon says they study together and her daughter helps with her English. She cites the good teachers and convenient location as the best things about being a student. “I like it,” Yoon said about the campus. “It’s very quiet and peaceful here. Everyone is very kind. In Korea, it’s very crowded. It’s busy, busy!”

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