Next in “Who’s Who in Cheongju” is a familiar name and friendly face. She’s all over Cheongju, organizing events, finding volunteer activities, and encouraging others to do the same. (In fact, she's one of the organizers for this weekend's Art from the Moon. Come out to Soundgarden to see artists from the Cheongju Art Club, local musicians and more crafts.) This is Jenna!
*Art From the Moon this Sat*
How long have you been in Cheongju, and what do you do here?
I've lived in Cheongju for six years. I teach English at Cheongju University.
What did you do pre-Cheongju?
I graduated from law school and passed the Indiana State Bar a few months before I moved here. I was working for the Marion County Public Defender Agency in Indianapolis, teaching criminal law at a local business college, and working at Starbucks for fun.
What do you do for fun?
I like riding around town on my mountain bike. You won't believe the interesting places you can find when you're on a bike instead of in a car. I also enjoy reading books in coffee shops. My favorite is definitely Holly's Coffee, in part because of the 1000 won refills. And, of course, I love spending time with my fellow expat friends. We like taking walks, drinking cheap beer at plastic convenience store tables and sitting at home watching comedies on Netflix.
-Cheongju Community Projects-
We know you for arranging volunteering and lots of community programs around Cheongju. How do these events happen?
The great thing about Cheongju is that the door is wide open for planning community events and fundraisers. Most of the events I've worked on started with me, my husband, and some friends sitting around and thinking of ways to raise money and to keep people entertained.
What were your first impressions of the community in Cheongju/Korea, and has that changed?
My first impression was that Cheongju had a tight community of expats who were into a whole lot of interesting sports, music, and activities. That has only improved over the last six years. It's really great to see the newcomers get involved and make friends.
What are your hopes and expectations for community events in the future?
My hope for the future is that people will continue the tradition of community involvement. I would also like to see more collaboration between different groups within the foreigner community.
What's your favorite time and place in Cheongju?
It would definitely have to be any roof top barbeque in the spring time. I love sitting in the sunshine before it gets too hot in the summer.
What's something in Cheongju that everyone should do at least once?
Everyone should go to a 4D movie at least once. There aren't many 4D movie theaters in most of our home countries, so go while you can!
Any advice for Cheongju-ers?
My advice to Cheongju-ers is to stop thinking about work once they leave the workplace. This is especially true for people who work long hours at a hagwon. Remember there are plenty of things to do and new friends to make once you leave your workplace, so get involved.
*Don't forget to check out the amazing art festival this Saturday and say hi to Jenna :)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1198199013541897/ *Art From the Moon this Sat*