2011 PROFILES

Alice Yoo

Breaking Down Barriers

Originally from Anyoung, South Korea, Alice Yoo spent three years before college at a Lutheran high school in Colorado. Alice knew she wanted a college education that integrated her faith and learning, and after a visit with Dordt theology Professor Jay Shim, Alice realized that God was leading her to this small college in Northwest Iowa—a place where scholarship rests on a strong faith foundation.

Alice was immediately welcomed by Students Without Borders Club members. In that group, she addressed the questions and situations unique to minority groups. “One thing that stuck in my head was that the way to open a person’s mind is to get up close and personal.” Alice set out to do just that by getting to know many people at Dordt.

Alice connects with others in the Women in Science and Engineering Club. She finds engineering rewarding and challenging; the rigors of the program are matched by the passion of the professors. Alice says each professor is “eager to challenge and help us.”

Playing violin in orchestra is a “nice break from engineering” for Alice. Touring with orchestra has given Alice the opportunity to see and experience much of America—especially the tour to the Northeast states this past spring.

Coming from a large Korean city and the awe-inspiring Colorado mountains, Alice at first looked at Dordt’s small town and farmland with some reservations. However, as the years passed, she says she now finds the town and the fields peaceful, offering an opportunity to break down barriers and build up community.