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    Samuel Lee ’14

    Samuel Lee ’14 enjoys new and exciting experiences, which is why he’s gone bungee jumping and skydiving and travels as much as possible, including studying in Madrid, Spain, and at Yonsei University in Korea.

    So when he read an e-mail about a chance to participate in the ninth annual Winston Fisher Seminar in New York City, the College of Arts and Sciences senior didn’t hesitate to apply, and was one of 13 students chosen for the trip.

    “As soon as I learned about the program, I was immediately hooked,” says Lee, who hopes to someday manage a human resources and management consulting company. “I have always wondered what other opportunities, options, and choices I have with my major. Since I am nearing graduation and actively job searching, I was thinking about the value of my psychology major and minor studies in leadership/stewardship communications. The seminar challenged me to reflect on the values of my liberal arts education, and it provided me with an opportunity to learn how I could apply my education in the real world.”

    The whirlwind immersion week gave Lee a close-up look at life in the business world, as well as a chance to connect with the other students in the group. “Being in New York City with them was fun,” he says. “We were all in the same boat—exhausted, nervous, and busy, but we found a way to enjoy our experiences. For me, I especially enjoyed staying and living in NYC for that week.”

    As part of the seminar, the students were required to develop and present a business plan to a small panel of judges. Lee’s plan for a social networking service was chosen as the most compelling, and he was awarded $500.

    Hearing the career experiences of SU alumni was a highlight of the immersion experience for the native of Seoul, South Korea, who now calls Abbotsford, British Columbia, his hometown. “It was amazing to meet all of the alumni and to hear their individual stories,” he says. “There were some commonalities in all of their stories—it was all about making the right choices, not being afraid to fail or make mistakes, and trusting your instincts and emotions.”

    The seminar gave Lee an enhanced appreciation for his choice of a liberal arts education. “The common stereotype or misconception about a liberal arts education is that it’s useless,” he says. “I know my major is much more flexible than that—it helps people think critically and creatively, and is essential to building the foundation of knowledge that can be used in the business world. The seminar helped me to learn how other people were able to use their liberal arts education, and that’s precisely why I applied to be part of the Winston Fisher Seminar.”