Hwan Choi

First of all, it is a great honor for me to give the valedictory speech representing TIEP students. Thank you for giving me this great opportunity to let me share my precious study experience at TIEP. When I first came to TIEP, it was a cold and windy day. At first, everything was unusual and challenging to me. Every time I spoke with my classmates who came from different countries, I was so nervous and anxious that I could hardly speak. Sometimes I would stammer when I had to speak in front of people.

After seven months of studying at TIEP, when I look back at myself in the mirror, I find that my English skills have dramatically improved. I know most of you feel it is difficult when you speak with native speakers. In my opinion, there are several reasons. Most of all I think the biggest reason is a lack of confidence. This lack of confidence stems not only from imperfect English skills but also insufficient practice. At TIEP, thanks to great teachers I was able to fix my problems. For example, thanks to my reading and writing teachers I have learned how to write academic papers. Also, my speaking and listening teachers taught me how to speak coherently and fluently in front of audiences.

TIEP was my first stepping stone on the path to go to a university. I know some TIEP students are planning to go to a university in the United States. I strongly encourage you to trust teachers and their teaching philosophies and be eager to learn. Then I bet you will have academic success in the future. As for me, I’ve received acceptances from Cornell University, the University of Washington, and the University of Iowa, and I’m planning to go to the University of Washington to pursue a PhD in bio-mechanical engineering. In the foundation of my success, there was my education here at TIEP.

When Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who first explored the moon, stepped on the moon for the first time, he said great words ‘This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’ Since Neil Armstrong explored the moon successfully, NASA has improved technology exponentially and now they are planning to send humans to Mars. I know students at the TIEP have infinite potential and unlimited possibilities. Therefore, I strongly believe that one small step for a student at the TIEP is one giant leap for your final glorious goal. Thank you.