Earning a Business Degree at DePaul: Hear from an Alum
Dong Hyun (Paul) Han came to the USA from Seoul, South Korea to enroll as an undergraduate student at DePaul University. He graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) degree in Marketing and was a member of the Marketing Honors and Sales Leadership programs at DePaul. Paul describes his time at DePaul and that the university experience helped him succeed as he pursued a business degree.
Why did you choose to study at DePaul?
DePaul has a strong international reputation for business and music programs, and I was offered a scholarship — so it was an ideal choice for me (I majored in business but also played in the orchestra). DePaul is also widely known for providing real-world education — blending theory with practical examples. Furthermore, DePaul is recognized for producing talents that are ready for the real-world — which means there are numerous organizations that are hiring DePaul students for internship and jobs. Fortunately, during my time at DePaul, I was able to intern for a Fortune 100 company and a world-renowned symphony orchestra.
What did you most enjoy about your studies at DePaul? Did you have a favorite class or professor? If so, what did you like most about that class or professor?
I enjoyed the practical aspects of DePaul education the most — especially in my business courses. Almost every one of them was filled with guest speakers, group projects and presentations, and opportunities to build hands-on experiences. During my time at DePaul, my favorite class was the Marketing Honors (IME) program; in this yearlong cohort program, I got to work on market research and brand consulting group projects for reputable companies. Not to mention the co-directors of the program were genuinely interested in helping me to succeed as a business professional and as an individual. Upon completion of the program, I was a well-rounded marketing graduate who was ready to enter the industry.
What was it like to move from your home country to Chicago? Did you find it to be a difficult transition? What helped you the most?
It was quite an experience to move across the world — especially since I had to face language and cultural barriers. However, I quickly adapted as I got involved in student groups at school and the business community in the Chicagoland area. Being a proactive student who took initiatives and built a network helped the most.
What are you doing now? What is your job? What do you like about it?
Currently, I am working as general affairs assistant for Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety — in place of my 2-year military service requirement. I feel honored that I am taking a part in helping to protect the health and wellness of people in Korea. After completing the service, I am hoping to work in market research or category management.
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