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Perfecting ambitions

29 May 2019

3 minutes read

Ever since she learnt how to speak German at the age of 15, Jieun Lee has had one drive – to study overseas. A decade later, she has finally achieved her goal.  

“As a teenager I had the ambition but was far from my goal because of financial constraints. So, I vowed to study hard and work even harder, and now I’m living my dream,” said Jieun, who moved from Seoul to Canberra earlier this year to study at the ANU College of Business and Economics. 

Her ambition, she says, was fuelled by her passion for numbers. A passion she found at the age of 10 while studying geometry.

“I still distinctly remember how numbers were like a language that I felt most connected to. Numbers have a sense of universality that I have always been excited to communicate and discuss,” Jieun added.

During her undergraduate degree at the Seoul National University, Jieun had attained a double degree in statistics and psychology. Following which she spent three years as an Actuary for Metlife, a global insurance giant.

As employees, we are quick to adapt but we need more moments to contemplate, think deeply and devise better methods of working 

After gaining significant professional experience, Jieun had decided that the time had come to pursue her ambition to study overseas again.

“Towards the end of 2018, a team from ANU had visited Seoul. After speaking with them I was convinced to pursue my higher education in Canberra. The team had realistically laid out my future as they discussed scholarships, student experiences and even cost of living,” she said.

Earlier this year in February, Jieun began her ANU journey, where she is pursuing a Master in Statistics and is also the recipient of the ANU International Excellence Scholarship.  

She believes that her professional experience is an advantage to her new academic life and is eventually going to add significant value to her expertise and skills.

“Companies are often fast paced environments. As employees, we are quick to adapt but we need more moments to contemplate, think deeply and devise better methods of working,” she said, adding that she is already developing key professional attributes while studying at ANU. 

With her Masters degree, Jieun is keen to pursue a career in bio-statistics. She aims to use the combination of her professional and academic skills to work overseas.

“By studying my Masters I am learning how to make more rational judgements rather than guts calls,” Jieun added.

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