My KUBS

Interview with the executive branch ‘Blossom’ of ‘KUBS Ladies’
the Business School Female Alumni Association
 
From the left: Hyewon Kim (Business School 16) New Student Representative,
Namkyung Lee (Business School 16) Current Student Representative

Q. Please introduce KUBS Ladies and the Blossom team
KUBS Ladies is the Business School Female Alumni Association. Different from other alumni associations, the executive branch for enrolled students exists and has the role of making connections between alumni and enrolled students. The executive branch for enrolled students of KUBS Ladies got its name ‘Blossom’ in 2016 to ‘bloom’ the network between enrolled students and alumni. 

Q. What kind of pivotal roles does Blossom have as the executive branch of KUBS Ladies?
Our main job is to link enrolled students and alumni. We started to plan offline events by creating high-quality images and reducing a sense of distance at the same time. Some major events are: the Dream Concert, Beginning Semester’s Event, and ‘Good Evening’ mentoring program that connects female alumni and female enrolled students. In addition, another important role of Blossom is updating the contact information of our female alumni. We are also trying hard to stabilize our management by administering donations every year.

Q. How does the Blossom team and KUBS Ladies view female alumni and fellow students of the Business School?
We believe they have ‘soft charisma’. Previously, we have discussed about ‘the image of KUBS female alumni’ with the former Associate dean. We concluded that KUBS female alumni have both the charisma that KUBS has and the softness which is differentiated from the leadership of men. Another characteristic of KUBS female alumni could be a progressive spirit of challenging without fear.

Q. Are there any difficulties when acting as the Blossom team?
Since the number of people in our team is small and most of the programs are run on an annual basis, members of the executive branch work for one and a half year to two years to smoothen transition of events. 2 out of 4 years in the university life is quite long. Programs such as business conferences, the exchange student program, and internship are generalized due to the characteristic of the Business School, but there are some cases where students must give up these programs because it is difficult to run parallel with ‘Blossom’ activities. Therefore, we are trying to find a way to allow members of the executive branch to be involved in more healthy activities that are worthwhile.

Q. Please tell us about your aspirations (to New Student Representative).
Ultimately, I believe the key goal is to achieve an ‘expansion of network’. Facing its 6th anniversary, ‘Blossom’ seems to be in a transition period. If ‘Blossom’ can regularly contact our alumni by mailing them based on the updated list of alumni, then we will be able to strengthen their sense of belonging to more alumni. 
If the network can be extended, the quality of networking can be developed even more. For example, if Blossom can act as a passage that delivers helpful employment information such as informal internship notices from companies that our alumni work in, then we believe both the alumni and students will be more interested in KUBS Ladies.

Q. Does the current student representative have any words of request to the new representative?
I indeed had good experiences for two years that would not have been possible without Blossom. However, there will be hard times. Blossom is in a transition period. It has just been established, and donations are not stable which makes managing the organization a hard task. Nevertheless, I would like to say never give up. I believe the true meaning of this organization exists when the goal of networking among female alumni is continually found. I hope KUBS Ladies and Blossom set an example for a strong sense of belonging and network to female alumni for one year. 

Q. Do you have any words to female alumni and students of KUBS?
I have met many alumni while acting as a member of Blossom. I could feel their true heart towards the school and our alumni. Whenever we contacted them to update the alumni list or ask them to participate in events, we were happily welcomed. It was very helpful when we heard ‘If you need help, contact us anytime’. We would really like to thank seniors who are willing to materially and emotionally support us with their love towards the school and juniors, and we will also try to become one of them after graduating KUBS.
Moreover, we would like to ask more participation and attention from enrolled students. Blossom has many events provided for them. They have good quality and we are putting the best of our effort to prepare for them. A lot of opportunities are provided by our outstanding guest speakers, so we recommend that many students participate in these events and receive beneficial information.