Hello! My name is Sungmin Lee, and my English name is James. I would like to first thank you for giving me this special chance to stay with you during the exchange student program.
My family is made of my parents and myself. My mom and dad are very optimistic. My family likes to go overseas or travel domestically on holidays and weekends. I do not have any religion, but I have a lot of experiences attending worship as the school I’m attending is a missionary school, I’m very familiar with Christianity. So if I could get a chance to attend a church there in the United States, it will be no problem for me.
The region I am currently living is a city near the capital city of Korea. It is such a beautiful place surrounded by mountains and rivers.
To introduce about my personality, I am neither too active nor too shy. I am optimistic and laugh a lot. I am not very outgoing, so I would really appreciate if you could help me get used to live in the United States! I really love to listen to music or watch movies, and I like to play badminton although I am not so good at it.
My dream is to become a computer programmer. I was just 5 years old when I first came to touch with computer, and I fell in love with it. Since then, my mind does not change. To make my dream come true, I have learned C Programming and Java Language at the academies, and I am currently taking a role in my class as a Technical chief. I am interested in all varieties of electronics, too.
To improve my English, I joined the Future Diplomats’ Club, and for the Saturday activity, I am taking the English debate class. Besides them, I study English myself by reading several workbooks. At the English camp in a first-year student of middle school, I got the highest score on the final test among all-level students.
As I have traveled overseas many times with my parents, I dreamed of studying abroad, and that is why I applied to this exchange student program. When I was at a fourth grade of elementary school, I had a chance to study in Canada, because of my aunt who lives in Canada. I had unforgettable experiences there. The kids in Canada had confident vision about their dreams, the atmosphere of studying seemed to have more freedom than that of Korea, and the way of teaching suited me well. I had the same impression when I visited an Academy in Maryland, United States. I had a memorable experience in India, which I traveled in August. India had unique charms. Most Indian people are not so wealthy-or maybe quite poor. Rather than feeling sympathy, I felt envious of the purity of their minds that they managed to live positively and lively in such a hard life without any complaints.
The school I am currently attending is a missionary school. We worship every Tuesday and Saturday. As we have six foreign teachers unlike other schools in Korea, it helped me a lot improve English skills. I like Social Studies, Science and English, and I do not particularly have a single subject that I hate. For the club activity, we gathered information about tourist attractions in Korea and made them into a guidebook and handed out to foreigners, or debated about international issues in English. I chose swimming for the sports club, so I swim regularly about an hour every Monday. I am friendly with my classmates, but my two best friends had been residing in Canada and United States for a long time, and they are so kind and pure. I am having a happy school life.
Even though I am worried about a new environment and possible misunderstanding from differences, I think my travelling experience will help me adapt myself in the US. However, I think your advice and help will be best for me. I have expectations that I would be able to learn diverse cultures in school. I want to learn deeply about American culture by participating in your family’s traditions, or events in national holidays. Then I would like to share Korean culture with you by making food, or tell your family about Korean traditions and cultures!
Lastly, I deeply thank again your family for giving me this chance. I hope to see you soon.