I was exposed to the construction industry at a fairly young age due to my father working as a residential roofing/siding contractor. However, the roots of my interest in building could possibly date back to my 1st birthday. In my country, Koreans celebrate a baby’s first birthday with a special ceremony called Doljabi. Here, a child is placed in front of a selection of items and the first 3 items the child picks up hints at their skills, traits, and potential future. As a joke my father placed a judge’s hammer on the table to see if I would pick it to become a judge or lawyer. To his and my other family members’ surprise, I picked up the hammer, to which my family rejoiced shouting, “My kid’s going to be a judge!” Unfortunately for my parents, God had other plans for me and as I progressed through my adolescent days I became a kid interested in building.
As long as I can remember, my favorite hobby had been building objects. At first my interests showed in Legos, then as I became older I became fascinated in building furniture that my parents would purchase from Ikea. My mother never did like the fact that I, her daughter, preferred playing with tools such as hammers and screwdrivers while my sister loved Barbie dolls. My father on the other hand found it humorous and supported my unconventional pursuits.
Nonetheless, my passion for building was only a hobby until I took a class in high school during senior year called carpentry. It wasn’t until after I took this class, that I stated to seriously think about pursuing a career in construction. Every class was always a hands-on learning experience and that only grew my love for building. So, at the very last minute I applied for Virginia Tech with a major in Building Construction and today, I continue my studies at a school with an excellent construction program.
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