EAS Alumnus Wyatt Dunn
Wyatt Dunn graduated from SUNY Albany in 2003 with a double major in East Asian Studies and World History. He was one of the first students to graduate from our program with a focus on the Korean language.
He then went to Seoul, South Korea to work as an English teacher. He writes, "While knowledge of the Korean language is not a prerequisite for most teaching positions in Korea, having a working knowledge of not only the language but also the culture made living and working here that much easier. Additionally as someone that had studied a foreign language myself, I understood and could sympathize with a lot of the difficulties and frustrations my students faced. Additionally the classes in East Asian history I took while at SUNY Albany really helped me to understand the context of all the historical dramas that are on television."
In January of 2006, Wyatt married and moved out of Seoul to nearby Gyeonggi province, where he went to work as teacher and continued his study of the Korean language. He has recently begun looking into graduate programs in the United States in the field of Teaching English as a Second Language.
Wyatt writes, "The East Asian Studies program at SUNY Albany provided me with not only useful second language skills and insight into the culture of the region in which I currently live, but also opened up career paths that I would have never sought to pursue."
Editor's note: Wyatt's sister, Ailinn, graduated from our program, too, and is carrying on the family tradition of excellence. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in Korean History at Harvard University.
August 28, 2009