Kate Hur

Hometown, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Wrapping up the National College Leadership Program, I found myself reflecting on what it means to be a successful Korean American. The first-generational pursuit of becoming successful through a reputable career was being challenged, evident in the diversity of the speakers’ occupations ranging from children’s book illustrator to a lawyer-turned-filmmaker. What the amazing speakers seemed to emphasize was that success comes from a proper mindset and hard work. Regardless of intellectual capability or interests, it is a determination that will provide the strong framework in which passion can thrive. It is with pride that I can say that I recognized this determination in each and every one of my peers at the conference. In the speakers’ inspiring life stories and the company of my friends, I found the answer to my question—a successful Korean American is whoever they want to be.