Rebecca Kehe, a Southeast Missouri State University student from Florissant, Mo.,
is interning with STL Security Limited, a Korean electronics company.
“As the world continues to progress into a global economy, it is crucial for University students to not only understand the world around them but to be comfortable with working with people who share different national heritages and cultures,” she said.
At STL Security Limited, she is interning with the manufacturing and marketing divisions of the company. She said there she has been gaining a better understanding about the unique aspects of how Korean business is conducted.
“This experience has taught me the importance of continuing to learn more about being able to adapt to new cultures in order to succeed in this new business world,” she said.
Rebecca is currently studying at Southeast’s sister school in South Korea, Soonchunhyang University, and focusing on Korea’s language, history, culture and East Asian relations.
“Studying abroad has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life,” she said. “I have been able to see a part of the world and meet students from all corners of the globe.”
After graduating, Rebecca plans to work professionally for a few years before beginning a master’s program. Rebecca said she has become more organized and focused since starting college, and her Southeast experience has prepared her for her internship and career.
“My professors have challenged me to pursue my ambitious goals and succeed both in class and in forming the foundation for my future after graduating,” she said.
Her favorite moments at the University are from Homecoming.
“It was awesome to see all the students at Southeast come together to celebrate and cheer at the football game,” she said.
Her favorite thing to do in Cape Girardeau is walk downtown and along the riverfront. She said she even completes some of her homework by the river and feels at peace there.
In her spare time, Rebecca also enjoys playing the piano, flute and oboe. She indulged her musical side at the University by playing in the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
“It was a great way for me to play incredible music with other talented and dedicated musicians,” she said. “I like the challenge of new music.”
Rebecca also stays involved with St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau and volunteers with their Lutheran Association of Ministry Pilots program, which holds summer camps for rural Cree children in northern Canada.
“This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, planning activities and spending time with these beautiful children,” she said.
Rebecca highly recommends volunteering and studying abroad.
“It will teach you a lot about the world. Southeast offers many different study abroad experiences,” she added.
Rebecca has had the opportunity to travel quite extensively in Asia while on breaks from her studies in Korea. She said she enjoyed traveling the relatively untouched landscape in between the hill tribes in Thailand and found the people that live there are welcoming. One of her favorite cities to visit is Beijing.
“The city has this incredible mesh of ancient tradition and modern innovation. Visiting the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City was an incredible way to see history come to life,” she said.
She plans to visit Central Asia and the Middle East during her next few breaks from school.
“I believe that traveling educates a person in a way that books or a class could never compare to. I hope to continue traveling to learn more about this incredible world we live in,” she said.
Rebecca encourages future Southeast students to get involved, whether in a student organization, a sport or a fine arts organization.
“Not only is it a great way to meet many fellow students, it is a great way to enrich your college experience,” she said.