Strolling into the Campus Center during day-time, one might find Dana Yoon doing the off-duty work she loves: helping her lab students. Dana, a student instructor for chemistry labs, often meets students here, outside of her official working hours, to help them with their homework or just to see how they’re doing. “I really connected with my kids, inside and outside the chemistry lab,” she says. “I found my stride in the chemistry department.”
Dana’s professors have noticed, honoring her with the chemistry department’s Commendation Award and the Chemistry Major of the Year award. The biochemistry major has also volunteered with KidzReach and Homeless Ministries, and held leadership positions in the Korean Adventist Student Association. She’s following her own advice to others — to enjoy all the benefits of the college’s close community.
The Maxwell Scholar Program was a major factor in her decision to attend PUC. “The program has helped me reach higher than what would have been easy, and hold myself to higher standards,” reflects Dana. “It’s made me really believe that I am capable of moving on to professional school.” As she juggles the demands of work, school, and community activities that her “higher standards” call for, Dana says that taking a day off, to “give it to God,” has been key.
After completing her courses in winter 2013, Dana plans to travel and participate in a dental mission trip to Thailand before attending dental school in the fall. Until then, Dana wants to continue helping her lab students as much as she can. She is grateful for her PUC mentors and community, who, she says, “shaped me into the kind of person I want to be.”