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Alumni Spotlight: Yoo Jung Kim

Key Club alumni Yoo Jung Kim graduated in 2010 from Kamiak High School. She became interested in Key Club when she discovered that it was an opportunity to improve both her school and community. In fact, she even became a leader, serving as the 2008–09 District Treasurer of the Pacific Northwest.


“The most rewarding aspect of serving as a district treasurer was interacting with motivated student leaders throughout the Pacific Northwest and representing our district at International Conventions,” Yoo Jung says.


One of her favorite Key Club memories is when she attended a leadership camp with the district board. The camp was right next to a beautiful brook, so the board would go for a swim during the summer board meetings.


Yoo Jung graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 as a Biology major. While attending Dartmouth College, she joined the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science serving as editor-in-chief.


“I had to mobilize a team of writers, editors, and layout staff and ensure that each article was properly written, edited, and formatted,” she says. “This required time and close attention to detail.”


That experience eventually led her to becoming a co-author on a recently published book, What Every Science Student Should Know.


“We wrote a book that could help science students ease their transition from high school to college,” she says, “by explaining study techniques, time management skills, thoughts on the different science majors, tips on conducting science research and career advice.”


Yoo Jung’s passion for STEM education came to life in May when she gave a talk at Dartmouth College about the recently published book. “It was an incredible privilege to return to my alma mater and to interact with current students to address their questions and concerns about pursuing STEM majors,” she says.


Yoo Jung currently attends Stanford University’s School of Medicine, where she is pursuing a career as a doctor. She aspires to be in a residency program, continuing her medical training. She also plans to keep writing.


Her advice for 2016 graduates: Don’t be afraid of setbacks. “College will provide endless challenges, so always believe in your ability to grow and improve yourself through effort and constructive feedback,” she says. “One of the most important lessons that I’ve learned is to use failures and setbacks as a springboard for growth.”

Key Club alumni, Yoo Jung Kim

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