Sadako HAYASHI, BX Alumna, 2017 cohort

“What I learned from the adaptive leadership workshop was to accept changes and uncertainty, think about what we have lost, and figure out new ways to regain them,” says Sadako as she reflects back on her key takeaways this summer. Despite feeling stressed about the current situation, Sadako was inspired by the workshop to look beyond herself and find something she could do for others, which ended up with her offering online Japanese language classes to her Chinese friends. “Even though I feel like I have lost opportunities to engage with others during the pandemic, I’m glad I’ve found a new way to create connections and stay positive.”

 

Rick HSIEH, BX Alumnus, 2018 cohort

“The career tips and insightful sharing offered by the speakers really benefited scholars like me. Since most of us are at the early stages of our career, all of this useful advice is exactly what we need and we can apply it to our lives right away,” says Rick, adding that what he appreciated most was the high level of interaction and engagement he experienced during the soft skills workshops and Coffee Time sessions.

 

Soojung RO, BX Alumna, 2018 cohort

What stood out the most to Soojung during her favorite Virtual Community Events session, our “How has the pandemic affected the landscape of Asia?” webinar, was Professor Koo’s encouragement to enjoy our differences as well as similarities. “In South Korea, some people confuse the words ‘different’ (다르다) and ‘wrong’ (틀리다). When they say ‘you are different from me’, they may end up saying ‘you are wrong’, as if to equate differences with wrongness,” she said. “In a world dealing with COVID-19, we may find ourselves facing a collision of differences. But I believe that if we can embrace our differences, our world will become a better and more beautiful one, full of diverse colors like a rainbow!”

 

Hyun Jeong ROH, BX Scholar, 2019 cohort

“It has been a wonderful learning experience – I have begun putting the soft skills I have acquired into practice!” reported Hyun Jeong, who, after attending our adaptive leadership workshop, was inspired to unlearn and relearn by attempting to write with her left hand and hula hoop the opposite direction. “Instead of struggling to cope with all the uncertainty and anxiety brought about by the pandemic, I was reminded by the speakers to tap into the adaptability we all innately possess, take initiative, and provide guidance to those around me. What they shared was a breath of fresh air and a boost of confidence for me!”

 

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