MERG Spotlight: EunJin

Here’s a spotlight on EunJin, one of the graduate student members of MERG!

Eunjin SeoName: EunJin Seo

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Favorite Food: I love all kinds of breakfast food—anything with eggs. I also like Sushi a lot.

Favorite Movie/TV Show: Man on Wire



Q. How did you decide on your current research interests?

A.  As you can tell from my favorite movie, I have been interested in people who push themselves to the limit of their ability and achieve great things in  life. I have been wondering about their motivation and how to motivate myself to be like them. So, my research interests started from the question about myself, but later extended to motivating my close friends and K-12 students, and then broadened to understanding human motivation as such.

Q. What do you like best about the educational psychology program?

A.  I love the people in my program. I really like my cohort. They are all smart and lovely people. I would not survive in America without them. They were with me through the hard times, and also sincerely celebrated with me during my great moments—such as passing my qualifying exam. I feel so lucky to have such wonderful friends. I also love the faculty of my program. They are very supportive and also really inspiring!

Q. What do you love about the city of Austin?

A.  I like Austinites a lot. They are so friendly and open to new people. At the bus stop, coffee shop, or on the street, you can always meet very interesting people spontaneously. I also like the weather in Austin. Since I love wearing sundresses and hate feeling cold, Austin is the perfect place to live for me.

Q. Name one thing you have always wanted to do but have not yet had the chance.

A. I have wanted to do rock climbing but have not yet had the chance. Is there anyone who wants to go to a rock climbing with me? 🙂

Q. Do you have any interesting or unusual hobbies?

A. I like going to David & Busters and playing their games. They have a really great zombie game.