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OTS 2013-2014 장학생 윤수진

Amsterdam Law School, University of Amsterdam에서 법학석사 과정을 공부하고 있는 윤수진 양의 이야기 입니다.

It was already 1 year ago, February 2012 that I knew about OTS. I entered search words as ‘studying abroad, scholarship’ which was my trivial hobby when I feel bored. I was hopeless since I couldn’t find a proper opportunity to go abroad but this time OTS captured my eyes. As I said I was in a kind of give-up, actually I was not ready to go. To get more information I attended ‘Study in Holland presentations’. The event was so useful that I was encouraged to prepare for it in earnest.

In process of getting all the required documents, I tried to make things clear why I want to go to The Netherlands and Amsterdam law school rather than others. Above all things I needed convincing reasons for myself to leave. I read many books about The Netherlands and searched internet for the university trait to specify my purpose. (Look carefully into the web site of university. It helps a lot to know what’s happening there and what kind of services, opportunity they are offering to students) By doing so, I could not only take a step toward the new life in advance but also gave good impression to OTS and the university applied that I was quite serious about studying there. I didn’t write every document simply saying I’m interested in it. I illustrated my plan in detail what I need, how I will get it through that program and concluded with the remark that how this experience will be connected with my career.

I can’t compare The Netherlands with other countries because this is my first experience as an international student. However I can strongly recommend The Netherlands as a good choice for studying based on my experience and situations. When I was in Korea, I’ve never been exposed to international atmosphere and I don’t even have any foreign friend. Of course I’m not fluent in English. These obstacles are slowly gone away following two backgrounds in The Netherlands.

1. You are probably nervous about how you are going to be able to communicate (since you most likely don’t speak a word of Dutch) but almost 90% of Dutch can speak English which means you can use English everywhere. In other words, you HAVE TO speak English otherwise you don’t have any tools to convey your idea. This environment makes your English improve day by day.

2. Lots of international students come together from all over the country. In case of my course, we have 69 nationalities. I am the only Korean but many students feel the same way: I AM A FOREIGNER. So, we depend on each other and understand other’s English even though it’s not sentence. Because of the fact that most students are not a mother tongue speaker, my pressure goes down when I talk in English. We learn from each other by correcting other’s error. If you learn language in this way, naturally you remember it better.

Concerning daily life, The Netherlands is a secured country. Some have prejudice because of the soft drug and red light street. But it’s not true. You will be surprised how the system is well organized and functions well in a very safe way. And the country is opened to diverse immigrants in fact. In the light of the history, Dutch people get accustomed to foreigners which means you don’t have to worry about discrimination. For instance, I’ve never received unfair treatment based on origin or nationality. Sometimes I was embarrassed at abrupt questions in Dutch language at super market or bank. They misunderstood me as Dutch even though I’m obviously foreigner by appearance. Plus, the way they speak is quite straight and frank but not aggressive. I don’t have to think over in a complicate way or doubt about beyond what they say. As I experienced, they are very reliable. I could be sure above virtues after I traveled other European countries.

Lastly, I’d like to share my episode with Korean students. I have to confess that I was such a typical, Model Student. I had a good school record but not happy at all, never be satisfied with that. When I came here, I had difficulty in studying for 3months. It was too stressful with the idea ‘I must do very well’. In the end, the faculty of law provided me a counselor to get out of the deep depression. I found out that I was obsessed with competition and totally exhausted. She, the counselor told me that I should be relax and abandon my habit that I had in Korea. I was even forbidden to study after 6PM. And she added ‘Don’t think about your family, friends and social standards. Life is alone and it’s all about you.’ I followed it and could let myself free. What is the great asset that I get from here is to ‘be myself and find the way makes me happy’. Now I can see the competitive life from a different point of view. A piece of advice I have for you is this. When you want to change your personality, the way of life but fail, don’t blame yourself much.

Just change your surroundings.

http://als.uva.nl/home/components/news/news/content/folder/2012/10/five-law-students-awarded-with-amsterdam-merit-scholarships.html  : UVA 홈페이지에 장학금 수혜자로 소개된 윤수진 양. (맨 오른쪽)

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