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MCS AlumKnight pursues juris doctorate degree

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(MCS) — In anticipation of the annual celebration of Catholic School’s Week, or CSW, Mount Carmel School recognizes AlumKnights that have pursued vocations in line with the theme of CSW, “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” This week, MCS recognizes 2013 AlumKnight Jimin Ryu.

Jimin Ryu

Jimin Ryu is graduate from Mount Carmel School and recently shared her pursuit towards a Juris Doctorate degree from Handong International Law School or HILS. Prior to her academic journey towards a law degree, Ms. Ryu dedicated her life to professional growth and service that has made an impact both locally in South Korea and globally.

Before reaching many of her personal and professional goals as a young adult, Ms. Ryu started humbly and was raised on Saipan. With Christianity serving as a central part of her upbringing, Ms. Ryu attended Saipan Community School before transferring to and graduating as the salutatorian from Mount Carmel School.

Upon graduation, Ms. Ryu was admitted to Korea University and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration. During her time in college, Ms. Ryu worked as a research assistant for Elaine Ramirez, a foreign journalist, who has written articles for Forbes Magazine, Bloomberg BNA, Nieman Lab, Nikkei Asain Review, and many other leading publications. It was through her internship with Ms. Ramirez that Jimin Ryu met Eric Ju Yoon Kim, the Chief Executive Officer of Dot.

Dot is a tech company based in South Korea that aims to bridge the gap between technological advancements and individuals who are visually impaired. For many years, the founders of Dot saw that technology was quickly advancing, but not as quickly for those with a visual impairment. One of the many goals of the company is to create high-end and affordable products for individuals with a visual impairment and to create awareness about the importance of braille literacy.

During Ms. Ryu’s two years with Dot, she worked as the Global Partnership Manager. Through that opportunity, Ms. Ryu led outreach presentations in various countries including Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Singapore, Portugal, France, United Kingdom, India, and Taiwan. Ryu also collaborated with institutions like the University of California- Los Angeles, Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute, and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich.

Looking back on her experience as a Mount Carmel School student, Ms. Ryu attributed many of the skills and tools she needed to succeed after high school to the extra-curricular activities that MCS offered.

“Through Mount Carmel School’s Mock Trial program I developed my oral arguments and logical reasoning. Through Theatre Club, I developed my coordinating and communication skills. Through Student Council, I was given the support and means to grow as a leader. All of these experiences contributed to who I have become and the success I have earned as a young adult,” shared Ms. Ryu.

“It is very humbling to see AlumKnights like Jimin create their own success,” said MCS President Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero. “For as long as I have known Jimin, she has always strived to meet her full potential. Looking at all she has already accomplished, it is very rewarding to know that her efforts not only help her grow as a young professional but have also been in service to others.”

When asked what advice she would give to current high school juniors and seniors, Ms. Ryu shared “Embrace all the opportunities that you can get while you are in high school. If you can’t find opportunities, create them yourself.”

For more information about academic programs and services at Mount Carmel School, visit www.mountcarmelsaipan.com

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