Sambat Jerry Kim
My name is Sambat Jerry Kim. I am from West Valley City, Utah. I am a transfer student from Salt Lake Community College.
While I was a student at SLCC, I got involved with the SLCC Student Association as graphic designer and social media specialist. I also volunteered with The Thayne Center through their Alternative Spring Break programs to Seattle and San Francisco to serve others in those communities.
Since I was young, I told myself that if I go out of state to college, then I will choose the University of California, Los Angeles; if I stay in Utah, I will choose the University of Utah. I love the University of Utah because of the diverse community, great undergraduate programs, and wonderful faculty and staff that are here to help you succeed.
My major is International Studies with an emphasis Trade & Commerce and a minor in Communication. I choose these two programs, because growing up I spoke four languages. I want to use my knowledge and languages to help others who share the same culture and, in the future, to work in international business. I also plan to study abroad at National Taiwan University this summer 2017 to expand my education and to have an international experience. After I graduate from the University of Utah in spring 2018, I aspire to pursue my first career as a College Access Advisor to help other students who might be first generation or from low income communities to access higher education.
One of my favorite classes during first semester at the U was English 3780 Transnational Literature. This course has helped me learn about myself as Asian American and how Asian Americans contribute to American Society in the 21st Century. I am very thankful for Paul Fisk my transfer advisor who helped me feel confident and supported me when I transferred to the U.
I recommend that all students should check out Career Services, and The Writing Center and get involved with other campus activities. My advice to other transfer students is to plan ahead for your transfer admission; take a campus tour; and be familiar with your undergraduate program before you apply to the U.