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How Yonsei GSIS Inspired a New Career Path in Para-Sports April 11, 2019

Graduate School of International Studies senior Nadine from Indonesia


Yonsei GSIS student Nadine Besari is on a mission to encourage more people to be interested in para-sports.


Name: Nadine Besari

Major: Global Studies (International Trade, Finance & Management)

 

Nadine first came to Korea armed with a scholarship to pursue her undergraduate studies in international trade. Her main passion has always been sports, but she decided to explore a wider range of career options by pursuing a Master's degree at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) of Yonsei University. One of her GSIS classes inspired her to think about how sports management can work hand-in-hand with sustainable development.


“My passion has always been sports. During my undergrad years, I had volunteered for the Asian Games as well as the Youth Para-sports Camps in Korea, where I helped with translation work. Then in October 2017, I was given the opportunity to join the steering committee for the Asian Para-games, where I was the sub-coordinator for volunteers who were helping out with the table tennis games. I had to manage everything from the venue to the volunteers' assignments. It was a great experience as I learned not only how to manage events and a team, but also how to manage myself. I also learned how to work with people from a lot of different cultures and different belief systems, as well as how to be a responsible leader.


It was during a sustainable development class at Yonsei where I realized that perhaps I could actually pursue a career in sports management which is still relevant to my degree in global studies – that is, to marry my passion for sports with sustainable development. This was what sparked my interest in para-sports, especially after my own volunteer and work experience in the field. Although I still have another semester to go, my plans after graduation are to work here for a bit, maybe in a sports company or the Korean Paralympic Committee. I hope that more people will show more interest in para-sports because para-sports is just as fun to watch, maybe even more fun!


I think I will miss the annual AKARAKA festival the most when I graduate – I strongly encourage all Yonsei students to make time to attend! It was the most memorable experience in Yonsei for me because it made me feel a sense of togetherness with the rest of the student body - dancing and cheering together. The school spirit during Akaraka is something that I have never experienced before." 



*Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) is Korea’s leading professional graduate school dedicated exclusively to international studies. With all courses taught in English, GSIS is composed of 400 students and faculty with the highest international student enrollment (57%) in Korea. Its dynamic and rigorous curriculum equips students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to excel globally in the private and public sectors. 

GSIS majors are largely divided into three divisions. The Korean Studies division offers a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Korean Studies. The International Cooperation division offers a Master of Global Affairs & Policy, and a Ph.D. in International Studies. The International Trade, Finance & Management division offers a Master of Global Economy & Strategy and a Ph.D. in International Studies as well as a Ph.D. in Strategy and Organization.

Yonsei GSIS Fall 2019 Open House will be held on April 30, 2019. Click here for more information.

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