Hi. I am Minjoo and living in Seoul, South Korea now with my mom. Recently I got offer from Gerrit Rietveld Acadmie for art and design study in Amsterdam, Netherlands by my portfolio and interview. This is second year that I have attempted admissions. Last year I got offers from Central Saint Martins in UK and savannah college of art and design in US with scholarship. However, I had to take a rain check on them because I could not afford all expenses.
Since I graduated from high school, I have never stopped working until now. Right now I am working two jobs from 2pm to 7am over night. I study art, design and Dutch myself in the rest time. I had run my own business (cosmetic store) for 3 years, worked in cafes, farms, restaurant and hotel since 2011. It is because my parents put importance on being independent the most as well as I could not ask them financial support because they are still going through very tight situation financially after divorce. My siblings(step sister and my own brother) are studying at university with loan, however, I am not able to apply for loan as my country doesn't allows it to international students neither Netherlands. This is why I eventually try to raise funds for my study. Maybe some people wonder where the all money that I earned is gone. I am living with my mom who is old and weak although she had done hard works to raise us until her condition got worst. My brother has been in army for national duty since 2014. So I am taking an actual role on supporting family and my own study at the same time. For my future study, I have saved some money and I am able to cover part of one year tuition fee and living expenses among 4 years course. Also, I already applied scholarship and waiting the result. However, the scholarship is only available for one year for freshman and there are lot more to cover for study despite I am going to apply for residence allowance, any other scholarships if possible. (Unfortunately, doing part time job doesn't seem possible as I have to take classes five days a week.)
4 years full-time BA
One year tuition fee & living expenses (calculated by the university) - EUR 16,100
My goal is for three years expenses for study and basic living.
My work experiences gave me chance to realize what is important in my life, which is that money is essential but there are more valuable things to persue than money such as discovering self-identity and improving quality of life for underprivileged people. To me, artists are not just painters but also thinkers, inventors and resolvers for social and individual problems. I want to become an artist and designer who communicate with my inner voice and the society as well through my artistic talents. So I truly need higher education to overcome personal limitation by professional study.
I would like to share some of my art works with anyone who is interested in my story. I welcome any advices, questions and contributions. Please join my fund raising and help me to persue higher education. Thank you all.