Korean Student here. What comes to your mind first?


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!


Comments (49)

Oct 24, 2019 - 9:47pm

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.

  • 1
Oct 24, 2019 - 9:56pm

You must construct additional pylons.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
  • 1
Oct 24, 2019 - 11:07pm

My holding companies are named after StarCraft planets lol

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Oct 26, 2019 - 4:33pm

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.

Oct 26, 2019 - 7:26pm

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.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Oct 25, 2019 - 1:09am

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

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Oct 26, 2019 - 5:20pm

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 - 3:55am

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


Oct 25, 2019 - 4:55am

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 - 5:33am

12 hours a day studying

Can be summoned to make fun of liberals at will. 

Oct 25, 2019 - 11:42am

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.


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

Oct 25, 2019 - 2:38pm

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!

  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Other
Oct 25, 2019 - 11:09pm

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 - 3:33am

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.

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