Excellence in Language Studies Award, Korean
Student Name: Matthew Youngjoon Chang
Major(s): Sociology, minor in Korean
Bio: Matthew Chang is a senior at the Emory University College of Arts & Sciences, and will be graduating in May 2018 with a degree in Sociology. As a Korean-American born and raised in Georgia, Matthew had always been proud of his Korean heritage that he shared with his family, but it was not until he spent a summer studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea, when he developed a renewed love for the Korean culture, and he declared his Korean minor the following semester. The food, the language, the history, and especially the music are some of the many things that he loves about the culture, and the Korean program at Emory University has allowed him to re-immerse himself in all of it again. After graduation, he hopes to attend law school and then pursue a legal career where he can utilize his improved language skills to help Korean-speaking clients in the U.S. Matthew is sincerely grateful to the Korean department's faculty who have taught him so much and supported him over the past four years, and he will fondly remember all of the memories of his time at Emory and abroad.