This Mentor Likes WHAT?! This Week: Sean Kim

You can only know so much about a person from his or her achievements.

“This mentor likes WHAT?!” is a series for our Illumna mentors to share their personal stories, favorites and more.

By Sophia Baek

For our first series, Sean Kim, our branch manager from Illumna’s Ridgefield branch shares his!

Q1. Can you give a brief introduction of yourself?

Hi, I am Sean Kim, a freshman at Princeton University, and branch manager for the Ridgefield branch.

Q2. How do you like to spend your free time?

I spend my free time watching sports highlights, watching YouTube, and reading the news. I love to hang out with my friends, whether it be to eat or go bowling.

Q3. Can you describe yourself using only 5 words?

Honest, Enthusiastic, Foodie, Music, Stubborn

Q4. Among your friends and family, what are you famous for?

Going to Princeton, loving bowling, and singing.

Q5. If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?

Russian dressing, because upon taking Russian in college, the Russian language and culture have become new interests of mine. I can always be found trying to learn more Russian.

Q6. If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

My three favorite foods are chicken wings, sushi (salmon especially) and ramen noodles. An unlimited supply of any or all of those foods would be nice 🙂

Q7. Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Johnny Depp. He plays certain roles that are serious and certain that are rather silly, and since I have a very wide range of emotions, he would play me well.

Q8. Where is your happy place?

My house 🙂 It is pretty self explanatory but after a long day there is nowhere better to be than home.

Q9. What animal best represents you and why?

A monkey best represents me because I look like one, and monkeys always jump around from place to place and are always active, which is what I strive to be like!

Q10. What song(s) have you completely memorized?

Almost all the songs from Frozen, especially Let it Go. La La Land is coming next.


Q11. What would we find in your refrigerator now?

Lots and lots of korean food! Also dip for chips, some microwaveable snacks and ice cream!

Q12. Which famous person would you like to be BFFs with?

I would love to be BFFs with Jeff Bezos. We are both Princetonians, I love Amazon, and he might give me a discount on top of my student one!

Q13. Do you have any strange phobias?

I am very scared of birds, and cannot even look at them sometimes. I am also afraid of paper cuts, and I am not too fond of heights.

Q14. What was the last book you read without skipping through anything?

Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. It was an interesting book in English, but I expect it to be better in Russian!

Q15. What is the dumbest way you’ve injured yourself?

I was running around at hagwon with my friends and I tripped on my own foot and there happened to be a nail where my knee landed. I had to get stitches for it, but only if I hadn’t tripped on my own foot…

Q16. What’s the best day of the year?

There is no day like Christmas. I love getting presents, and eating great food; the atmosphere is great.

Q17. What interest haven’t you pursued, but have always wanted to?

I always wanted to learn how to do calligraphy, and got my own paper and brush for everything, but haven’t been able to learn it. I thought it would be meaningful to people if I wrote their names using calligraphy and other things for them, and I still do think it is meaningful, but I cannot do it yet 🙁

Q18. As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of?

I am a bit scared about getting a job, because it seems very rigorous to get one in the first place, and then to handle the 40 hour work week seems difficult as well. Especially since I am undecided on my major, I do not even know what I want to do, but I trust and hope that I will get there!

Q19. What is something that your friends would consider “so you”?

Sending communist memes to my friends.

Q20. If you could have a video of any one event in your life, what event would you choose?

During the summer before my junior year, I was fortunate enough to be able to go to Europe with members of my choir. It was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life, and I wish I could see the reactions on my face when I was walking around.

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