Jayeong (Ellie) Oh wanted to move to the United States to study English, but she needed to do so affordably.
The South Korean nurse had family in Maryland, so she began searching for colleges throughout the state.
“HCC had a better curriculum and a better price than the other schools,” she said.
In 2019, after moving in with her cousins, she enrolled. Oh worked with HCC advisors to learn more about community college life and find the right combination of English classes based on her skill level.
“At the time, I felt like a stranger, so I was very nervous,” she said. “But the staff and advisors were all very kind, and they made me feel comfortable.”
Oh’s first advisor made an especially strong impact, Oh said.
“She was really helpful to me,” Oh recalled. “She let me know about scholarships and registration so I could know more about HCC.”
Throughout the past two years, Oh has bonded with fellow international students over Korean culture.
“I have many friends from other countries who like K-pop, K-dramas or food from South Korea,” she said. “We talk about that, hang out and text each other.”
After completing her English studies, Oh hopes to stay in the United States and work as a nurse.
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