Interview with Hasub Park, Political Science and International Relations student, entering class of fall 2017.
What made you take a break from UIC?
The biggest motivation for me to take a break from UIC was so that I could help my parents’ organization. Since I am going to the military in 2020, I wanted to do something for my parents.
What do you miss most from school?
Definitely my friends. Being able to make beautiful memories with your friends and family is the absolute best way to spend time. After I return from the military, all my friends will have graduated, but I will do my best to maintain my relationships beyond the environment of UIC.
Would you recommend other students to take a leave of absence?
I think I learned every day how to value personal relationships, love, and trust between people instead of solely focusing on my career and maximizing utility for every action I take. Some experiences don’t necessarily boost my resume, and that’s ultimately still okay. So, I would recommend taking a leave of absence, even if it is for simply healing your own body and mind.