IEM Spotlight Newsletter, Vol. 10, Issue 2 - August 2013

Juim Lee

Assistant Director at University of Southern California, Office of Graduate Admission

Where I live

Los Angeles, CA

Where I was born



The kindest person I've ever met—my husband, Michael Kim.


BS in psychology, University of California-San Diego

MA in international studies, Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Studies

First Job

Corporate trainer at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (Seoul, Korea)


Assistant director at University of Southern California, Office of Graduate Admission

How I got where I am today

I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea and Siena, Italy during my undergraduate years, and that really opened up a different perspective to the world. I pursued my graduate studies in Asia and had the opportunity to study, volunteer, work, and meet people across the globe. I knew I wanted to get into higher education and went for it.

First NAFSA Conference

My first NAFSA conference was the 65 th Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri.

Favorite NAFSA moment

Meeting and connecting with international educators from around the world.

Best career advice

"Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen."

A quotation I like

"At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent." –Barbara Bush

These are a few of my favorite things

I love to travel, eat, read, play sports, collect thimbles, and spend quality time with family and friends.

These are not

I am not a fan of cilantro, celery, and ginger.

Why I work in international higher education

I'm a strong believer of education and giving every person a chance to pursue their dreams. I consider higher education a huge asset, and education has the power to make the world a better place. Having a global perspective and gaining education not just locally but also internationally will make an impact to cultivate global-minded individuals who will make a difference in today's society. I would like to be part of making dreams come true.