My name is Kristen O’Brien. My Korean name is Bang Narin (방나린). I just graduated from Marist College and it’s so sad to be saying goodbye to such an amazing college experience, but now I am looking forward to a new adventure! I majored in English Writing with a double minor in Music and Global Studies.
I’m a Korean adoptee, and I was born in Seoul, South Korea. I have a twin sister named Allison, and the two of us were adopted together at 4 months old. We grew up on Long Island, and began exploring more of our roots during college. We studied abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea during Spring 2013 of our Junior year. It was the most amazing time of my life, and I miss it everyday. While studying at Yonsei we managed to meet our birth family, while experiencing Korea and its culture. I instantly fell in love.
Fulbright is my chance to pursue my love for the English language, while also having the invaluable opportunity to work with kids! I’m working at an Elementary School (Gumi Osan Elementary School) in Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do. It’s right next to Daegu.
Some Facts About Me:
– I was adopted from Seoul, South Korea with my twin, Allison
– I’ve been playing piano since I was four, and violin since I was eight.
– I loveeee K-Pop and Korean Dramas. It’s an addiction.
– I really like Korean make up and skin care products!
– I like to shop!!!!
Reading, Shopping, hanging out with friends, watching movies,video games, animals, tea, coffee, Korean food, Italian Food, anime, K-Pop, Korean Dramas
Math, Seafood/Fish, Running (I suck at it, I truly do)