BRAC USA intern Sun Woo Koo writes his story

June 16, 2010
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My name is Sun Woo Koo, and I am a foreign student who recently graduated from NYU Stern School of Business undergraduate program. I majored in Finance and Economics. My story that leads to BRAC starts from the 2 years I took off from my college education to serve in the army of the Republic of Korea. This break helped me stop flowing reluctantly into the path where everyone seems to go and revaluate my purpose in life. One day in the base, I realized that what I really want to do is to solve problems of the world with colleagues who are forerunners of innovation and creativity. This initial dream led me to the concept of “Social Enterprise” which soon narrowed into the concept of “Microfinance” which is a perfect fit to both my specialty and passion. After the discharge and during the first class back in NYU, I had chance to hear from Susan Davis and about her life in BRAC. I felt all the puzzles coming into the exact spot and I started to see a glimpse of my future.

My name is Sun Woo Koo, and I am a foreign student who recently graduated from NYU Stern School of Business undergraduate program. I majored in Finance and Economics. My story that leads to BRAC starts from the 2 years I took off from my college education to serve in the army of the Republic of Korea. This break helped me stop flowing reluctantly into the path where everyone seems to go and revaluate my purpose in life. One day in the base, I realized that what I really want to do is to solve problems of the world with colleagues who are forerunners of innovation and creativity. This initial dream led me to the concept of “Social Enterprise” which soon narrowed into the concept of “Microfinance” which is a perfect fit to both my specialty and passion. After the discharge and during the first class back in NYU, I had chance to hear from Susan Davis and about her life in BRAC. I felt all the puzzles coming into the exact spot and I started to see a glimpse of my future.
Long story short, I am now an intern in BRAC USA moving forward to make my dream come true. This is an organization that truly appreciates innovation and creativity. Its holistic approach to alleviate poverty touches every corner of an individual who desperately needs help. Here in the center of New York City, I see the success story of BRAC in Bangladesh spreading into the continent of Africa, Asia, and South America. At the wake of era of social enterprise and microfinance, BRAC is the most pioneering institution that has set a higher standard for all other institutions in economic development. I am very fortunate to be part of BRAC and to learn from the people devoted to both excellence and social good. I hope to bring the lesson I am learning in BRAC back to my country and challenge our leaders and institutions to leverage our genius to solve the problems of the world.
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