Jeong Chang

Admissions Consultant

UC Berkeley (BA in History)
University of Oregon (MA in English)
University of Oregon (PhD in Comparative Literature)
UCLA (Certificate exp in College Counseling)

Born in Busan, Jeong immigrated to Southern California when he was 3 and discovered a land where people spoke an incomprehensible language, wore shorts in December, and thought twice about eating kimchee at breakfast. But soon enough, he was saying, “Rad,” learned how to speak sports, and developed strong opinions about diners that served home fries instead of hash browns (they should just give up).

Sufficiently integrated, he sallied forth into American society and went to UC Berkeley to study to be a medical doctor. Four years later, he learned the difference between a cappuccino and a latte and graduated with a BA in History. After a two-year sojourn in Boston where he learned that the “draught” in “Guinness draught” was pronounced “draft,” he sought the cloistered embrace of academia in a sunnier, warmer locale. So he went to the University of Oregon to study contemporary fiction in the English Department and switched to film studies and comparative literature. Vowing to move back to the sun-drenched land of his youth, he found himself in Tokyo for six years teaching academic writing and film studies. He may find his way back to the Sun Belt one day, but for now, he sits huddled in his apartment grateful for ondol, delivery, and thwarted plans. Homo proponit, sed Deus disponit.

What led you to IvyConnection?
I wanted to move to Korea so that I could learn more about Korean culture and work on my Korean language skills. At the same time, I wanted to continue working with students to help them with their educational goals. IvyConnection gave me the opportunity to do all of these things.

What do you love most about IvyConnection?
I love the chance to work with students one-on-one, where the relationship is more conversational and responsive so that I can help them articulate their goals and ideas in a coherent, sophisticated way.

Who inspires you?
I think I’m more inspired by an experience, a moment, or a decision. I’m inspired by risks that pay off, or when someone tries something new. I’m inspired anytime someone fails, and finds a way to bounce back.

What interests you?
I’m interested in all aspects of culture: our aesthetic experience of it, what it says about social morals and values, the economics, production, and consumption of it, and how I can get more of it. I’m interested in moments of inflection, like the critical mass it takes for change, or why something novel becomes tiresome so quickly in contemporary life.