Jae Yoon Kim ’97 meets up with fellow Gilmour alumni
teachers, he was soon succeeding “not only in math and science that require less English, but also history, English and religion,” he writes. Lee found the writing center at Gilmour particularly useful in his quest to learn written and conversational English. He recognizes that his adjustment to America was not without struggle. “Of course, there were times I had to go through hard situations which I wouldn’t have if I were living with my parents, but I learned that is a part of life,” reflects Lee. He keeps in touch with his Gilmour friends through Facebook and tries to meet up with them during winter and summer breaks. Recently he learned to skateboard, which has proven to be a great source of transportation through the city! His favorite Gilmour memories include BBQ dinners, Super Bowl parties, Cedar Point trips and spending time with friends. “Overall, Gilmour was a nice place for Asian students to develop and prepare themselves for the future,” concludes Lee. Jae Yoon Kim ’97 is married and the father of two boys, 5-year-old Jayden and 8-month-old Sean. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University and has worked for the past 10 years in various positions including research analyst, portfolio manager and trader. Currently he is working for UBS Hana Asset Management Company as an analyst for the Korean equity market. Looking back on his four years at Gilmour, he reflects that he not only received a quality education, but also learned how to collaborate with others at school and work. Living in the residence halls far away from home helped him develop self-discipline. Kim fondly remembers playing for Jae Yoon Kim ’97 the Lancer soccer team for four years. and family “I started as a freshman in JV and we won the division title my senior year!” With two active boys, it is hard to keep up with friends in the United States, but he stays in touch via Facebook and recently visited Cleveland for Gilmour’s Reunion 2012.
So In (Lynn) Yoon ’09 is a student at Washington University in St. Louis. She attended four schools throughout her high school education – in Korea, Canada and the United States – but declared Gilmour the best. “I believe Gilmour does a great job preparing students for college. Classes, class discussions, projects and activities are organized very similarly to those in college,” she says. “Without my Gilmour education, it would have been a lot harder for me to adjust to the college environment.” She credits special courses such as Catalyst, where she worked in a molecular biology lab at Case Western Reserve University, for helping her learn college-level biology and how to study independently. Yoon recalls the fun she had participating in extracurricular activities and the loads of sweets that appeared, especially around Christmastime. She keeps in touch with fellow So In Yoon ’09 alums from Gilmour and her siblings, So Chung (Kathy) Yoon and Sang Won (Kevin) Yoon, who are doing great but miss being Gilmour students too. So Chung is now a college sophomore at Vanderbilt University, while Sang Won attends Thomas Jefferson So In Yoon with siblings School in Missouri. Yoon So Chung Yoon and enjoys horseback riding, Sang Won Yoon reading, cooking and traveling – she’s been to about 15 countries to date. Sahng Vin (Vincent) Lee ’03 is living in New Jersey where he is a programming analyst for LG CNS, an IT consulting and solutions company. He attended Fordham University and served in the Korean military after graduating with his bachelor’s degree. Lee calls Gilmour a “wonderful preparatory school for higher education” and credits the school not only with challenging him academically, but also teaching him about life in the
Published on Jun 28, 2012