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Honors Student Katie Jeffries Presents at Conference in South Korea

Posted Aug. 30, 2010
Katie JeffriesThis past August, Honors student Katie Jeffries had the opportunity to present her Senior Honors thesis titled “An Exploration of the Nature of Extraordinary Experiences” at the World Leisure Organization in ChunCheon, South Korea.

The conference hosted thousands of international students, faculty, staff, professionals, and researchers from universities from around the world. Its theme was focused around sports, leisure, and tourism related activities and fields of study. Amateur sports competitions were also present at the conference with events in soccer, track, field and more.

“It was really interesting to meet several professionals in the field from all around the world as well as listen to their research during their presentations,” Jeffries said.

While attending the conference, Jeffries got the chance to spend time in Seoul, the capital city, where she got to experience traditional South Korean culture.

“South Koreans are some of the most warm, friendly, and welcoming people I have come across in my travels,” Jeffries said. “They are always willing to lend a helping hand.” 

Jeffries added that it was the trip of a lifetime mostly due to their rich culture, delicious food and fascinating history.

From the massive urban sprawl of Seoul to the more rural and countryside areas of ChunCheon, South Korea was an unforgettable experience for Jeffries. She says that she would encourage any student in the Honors College writing a thesis or working on a project to present his or her work for the “invaluable professional, cultural, academic and personal experiences” that come along with it.

Jeffries will graduate in May 2011 and hopes to join the Peace Corps upon graduation.