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Small Rays of HOPE – Winter 2020 College Update

Paying for college without the parents’ help can be challenging. For our two college scholars, they support themselves by working jobs outside of being a full-time student. Byung Kyung and Minyeal are both at a Divinity college in Daegu, South Korea, majoring in Applied Music. As they were wrapping up their fall semester, we reached out to ask a few questions about what they enjoy doing on the weekends and how their studies are going.

You can read how thankful they are to KKOOM supporters, all answers being translated into English.

Byung Kyung loves to read and relax on the weekends

Byung Kyung is grateful for your support!

Byung Kyung’s Answers

1) What do you enjoy most about college? 

  • The good thing is that I’m so happy to be able to do new things with new people.

2) What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends? 

  • On the weekends, I relax and read. 

3) What is the most challenging thing about college?

  • I worry about what the future holds. 

4) How does the scholarship money of 700,000 KRW (~$600) help you pay for school or does it help you with living costs? 

  • It is very helpful as I don’t worry about paying for college expenses as much.

5) Do you have anything you would like to say to your KKOOM supporters who provide your scholarship?

  • Thank you for always remembering and supporting me. I am so grateful for the small changes in my life that have resulted from small donations. Thank you. It is a great pleasure for me to feel supported by you. 

Minyeal enjoys studying by himself or with classmates.

Minyeal is a worship leader at a church in Gumi

Minyeal’s Answers

1) What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends? 

  • I love singing a lot on Saturdays and Sundays. 

2) What helps you study? 

  • I enjoy doing group study with classmates. Listening to worship music helps me study and going to a cafe by myself to get quiet time or to study with friends. 

3) What is the most challenging thing about college?

  • If you know a little about basic theory musically, you learn more of it over time. But, the theory is still very difficult. 

4) How does the scholarship money of 700,000 KRW (~$600) help you pay for school or does it help you with living costs? 

  • It helps pay for living expenses. It is also helpful for learning and buying textbooks. I always appreciate it. 

5) Do you have anything you would like to stay to your KKOOM supporters who provide your scholarship?

  • Thank you for the scholarship! The amount of money you support really helps me. Thank you for helping me focus more on my school life. 

The small things in life give us hope. It gives us strength to get through the big moments of life. It’s the small acts we take every day towards our goals which helps us grow and learn better. Whether it’s giving $10 or supporting our college scholars with a $100 monthly donation, your giving makes a difference. Thank you for supporting these two young adults to follow their dreams, one small step and one day at a time.

With gratitude,

Grace Lee, Chief Administrator

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