Class of 2016
A first-generation student from a single-parent low-income household, Patricia attended Pomona College as a Quest Scholar on a full scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international relations in 2011. Following her passions, she has studied Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan; taught English in Yanbian Autonomous Prefecture, China; produced a short film through a grant by the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College; wrote her senior thesis on higher education for Koreans in China; taught English in Malaysia as a US Fulbright Scholar; and taught English in South Korea as a Teach and Learn in Korea Scholar. When she wasn’t abroad, she worked for a customs broker to refund sales taxes to travelers in the state of Texas.
Patricia’s experiences made her realize that she wanted to continue working on issues regarding East Asia. Now, she is studying for her master’s in international affairs at University of California, San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS, formerly known as the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies or IR/PS). By majoring in international economics and international management in addition to focusing on Korea and Sino-Korean relations, she hopes to acquire solid quantitative analysis skills to inform her potential future work in international affairs, policy making and policy implementation.
Patricia is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Korean in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. She also has functional proficiency in Microsoft word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as STATA.