Korean Student here. What comes to your mind first?

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Dear,

I've been thinking about my image as a finance guy and ways to improving it mostly for my interview process and networking. I figured it might be helpful to know what you guys really think about an international student (Korean) when you first meet them. What comes to your mind and what do you expect (if any)? Real yet untold stereotypes or whatnot?

Please please be honest. Honesty is what's the most important here!

Thanks!

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  • Prospect in Other
Oct 24, 2019

Kimchi, plastic surgery

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Oct 24, 2019

Soju

Oct 25, 2019

Oh my god the memories... painfully wonderful...

Oct 24, 2019

Depends, how do you spin it? As a former international student I always viewed it as a plus as you had the confidence to leave you country to seek opportunities elsewhere while trying to better yourself.

Oct 24, 2019

Good to know! What do you mean how I spin in tho?

Oct 24, 2019

Use it to make it seem as though you are ambitious, confident and driven. International experience is definitely a positive thing, do you plan on working in North America or Korea?

Funniest
Oct 24, 2019

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Oct 24, 2019

Ohhh those chicken and beer

Oct 24, 2019

I don't think there are negative stereotypes you need to really overcome if you're Korean. It's probably the opposite if anything fwiw. Although maybe it's different for me because I've dated a few Korean girls and grew up in a school with a lot of Koreans.

Oct 24, 2019

You must construct additional pylons.

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Oct 24, 2019

My holding companies are named after StarCraft planets lol

  • Associate 2 in CorpDev
Oct 25, 2019

Dude don't leave us hanging, what's dating Korean girls like?

Oct 25, 2019

It depends, you'll either be very satisfied by her cuteness and whatever you imagine or tired of her untold phychological push upon you.

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Oct 26, 2019

Depending on people's experiences when they're teenagers/young adults will strongly influence their prejudices. I grew up going to school with 80%+ Korean (or of Chinese Cantonese descent) students so I'm more used to Asian people than any other race. With that said, that seems to be a very rare circumstance so it's a total coin flip if you land an internship with a great, accepting MD or an absolute racist, dick head. Also, find a tight knit group of people you can connect with to expand your network and support you.

Array
Oct 26, 2019

Definitely something to notice. I've been lucky enough to have MDs who are very accepting. Except for one who explicitly mentioned during an interview that he dislikes working with an only child in the family as they are socially deficient.

Oct 24, 2019

Koreaaaa numbaaaa oneeeeeee

  • Director in IB - Gen
Oct 25, 2019

I'll be 100% honest since that's what you asked for. I would assume that you would struggle to fit in culturally. If that's not the case, I would suggest you network around the resume drop so you don't get rejected at that stage.

Oct 25, 2019

Cultural fit. Good to know!

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Oct 25, 2019

Military experience is a plus imo and I've noticed Koreans have strong networks among themselves and look out for each other.

Oct 25, 2019

Could you please articulate more about why military experience can help? I don't understand why it is so. Is it the leadership position that makes us favorable?

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Oct 26, 2019

Well it shows that you're different from the regular pasty north american kid with a manufactured resume. Military is life experience and I know since it's mandatory many korean kids don't see it as special but if you served in a combat unit or can spin your story well it's definitely a huge plus.

I mean come on IB is literally being able to grind, and what better way to prove that you can grind than serving in the military?

Oct 25, 2019

Well it really depends on which Korea are we taliking about... Some Koreas have more stereotypes than others.

Array

Oct 25, 2019

zero stereotypes against any race in general. unless you're a super foby student that can't speak english well.

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

Oct 25, 2019

12 hours a day studying

Oct 25, 2019

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They wear the freshest clothes, eat at the chillest restaurants and hang out with the hottest dudes

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Oct 27, 2019

Must be a good life being part of BTS

Oct 25, 2019

He or she is probably very good at math.

Oct 25, 2019

Peter Chung

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Oct 25, 2019

I would think not to fuck with you because you've probably got a mean kicking foot.
For real. Koreans will kick you in the head. Don't fuck with Koreans.
I'd know I could get my way with you though and that you're very soft and manipulateable. I'd think for a moment how that's possible while being so hard-working.
If we got to know one another, I'd probe into your people's deep, systemic misery and what you intend to do about the noxious blimp fart that is the air you breathe.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

  • Associate 2 in CorpDev
Oct 25, 2019

OPPA GANGNAM STYLE!!

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Oct 25, 2019

Once people are through the cultural differences, language barriers and other minor barriers, they see the person you are.

In interviews, DO mention that you are an international student. This builds a lot of credibility. Shows risk taking, confidence, and adaptability.

Whether Korean or Chinese or any other race, use the "international student' brand to your benefit. It is a big decision to move to an alien country where the culture, language, food, communication, and soft skills are totally different. Added to this one's leaving family, friends, hometown and all the comfort levels for change and growth.

All this = Leadership qualities.

Good Luck!

Oct 25, 2019

rooftop koreans with guns during the LA riots.

https://cdn0.thetruthaboutguns.com/wp-content/uplo...

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  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Other
Oct 25, 2019

The Koreans I've encountered have either been hyper aggressive and quick to start fights, or super timid and shy. Maybe just a bad sample but that's my perception

Oct 26, 2019

Glad I don't belong to either of them. (I believe)

Oct 26, 2019

If there are other Asian Americans, or Asians, in the office, what comes to mind may be that you are cliquey or a bit xenophobic. I went to an international school, and spent some time in the region, and all of the Koreans were by far the most fashionable, always wearing pea-coats and topcoats come wintertime, but a lot of people were turned off by the fact that the Koreans only ever hung out with other Koreans.. I love Korea, and have visited several times, but this is the honest image a lot of people have.

Oct 26, 2019
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