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Christy Lim – Korea

Christy Lim came to the United States from Seoul, Korea with a big suitcase and even bigger dreams. After spending her entire life in Korea, Christy moved with her family to St. Louis as an eighth grader, where she began spending all of her time doing two things: Learning English and playing piano.

When her family moved back to Korea, Christy decided to stay behind to pursue an American education at SIUE. She could have gone to college anywhere in the world, but Christy chose to study piano performance at SIUE because she heard that the music program is top-notch, and because she instantly fell in love with the combination of nature and architecture on the campus.

Living so far away from her family was difficult, but Christy says that it was a sacrifice she was willing to make in pursuit of an excellent education and her true passion¬-piano performance.

"I just love performing. It's one way I've found to communicate with people by expressing myself. It's like I'm telling them a story."

Christy has had the opportunity to tell many stories through music in her time at SIUE, performing with her classmates and friends, in and out of the classroom. The most rewarding performances, though, have been the times that she was able to perform for, and receive feedback from, the famous musicians that have visited campus as guest artists.

"SIUE invites some of the most talented musicians to campus, like Haochen Zhang, Stanley Clarke and Jon Faddis. Getting to play for them is something I'll never forget."

In the future, Christy plans to continue her musical education in graduate school. Long term, she says she wants to pass on her knowledge and love of music through teaching.

"Teaching is a great thing to do because I can share what I've learned from all of my teachers with others, and I can continue the passion."

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