On Friday, September 8, the Institute for Korean Studies hosted the annual Open House. This Open House is used to introduce IU students interested in Korean studies to the IKS and the resources they have to offer. Students from a wide variety of disciplines but a shared interest in Korean culture were encouraged to come.
Opening the event was a speech from IKS Director, Dr. Seung-kyung Kim, presenting the IKS and its offering to those attending. During the speech, attending faculty also had the opportunity to formally introduce themselves to potential students. With the Open House officially underway, participants could indulge in a light dinner provided by a local Korean restaurant, as they mingle with peers and faculty alike. Free t-shirts were also provided by the Bloomington Sejong Institute.
In a captivating twist, StarPlus Energy, a notable guest, took the stage to discuss internship opportunities, highlighting the dynamic intersections between Korean culture and industry.
The IKS Open House, sponsored by the Bloomington Sejong Institute, welcomed students from a wide range of disciplines who share a profound interest in Korean culture. While some faces were familiar, many new people joined the gathering. The hope is that this event will inspire participants to engage further with the IKS throughout the academic year.