Student Video Has an International Appeal


posted April 16, 2018

Dain Yun (left), her roommate Garam Lee (center), and Grace Lim are among those who tell Pitt-Johnstown's many special stories - in any language. (Kayla Carr photo)

Dain Yun, an international student from South Korea, has found success at Pitt-Johnstown. The senior accounting and finance major also works in the Admissions Office. That provided her an opportunity to produce an international  recruiting video that is as much a promotional project film as it is a mirror of her own experiences.

International Recruiting Video
by Dain Yun

“I started with one of the projects for internship at Admissions Office,” she said. She worked with Pitt-Johnstown's Director of International Recruitment Sui Chen.

“While preparing for the video, I wanted to show everything about UPJ – its atmosphere, people, and activities. Since I am an international student, I focused on showing diversity in our campus, and what UPJ can do for international students.”

It was a first for her, although she said she’d prepared for it in other ways.

“I like to take pictures and upload on the social media. However, the promotion video was my first filming project, so I really hope that I could put everything I wanted to show people.

“I searched about the campus activities and international student programs.”

It accentuated the things she thinks make campus special.

“The first thing I really love about UPJ is the Mentor and Host family program. I personally think this is a perfect program for those students who are away from home.

“Second is the ratio of professor-to-student. Since I graduated from a small Catholic high school, I was worried about life in college. I liked how all my professors know me and they are willing to help me for more than just classwork.”

Speaking fluent Korean and English will prepare her for a myriad of real world opportunities. She’s even created her own phrase: something called Real English.

“English was more difficult to learn for me. I really wish I came to America earlier, so I could speak English better,” she said. “But I think my English skills improved at UPJ from my friends. One of my friends, Grace Lim (who is Korean-American), always makes jokes and debates me on some topics, which I called Real English; not SAT English.

“She was always the winner of our debates, but now we share the winner spot but I still called her the Master of Real English.”

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.