My name is Alexis Pierce, and I’m from the United States. I’m studying International Relations, Comparative Cultures, and Asian Studies / Korean at Michigan State University, but I’m currently at Yonsei University for the 2014-15 academic year. I became interested in Korea when I lived in India for four years. There, I attended an international school where about a third of the students were from Korea, so my friendships with Korean students introduced me to Korean culture and language. When I began my undergraduate studies at MSU, I started to learn Korean. I figured the best way to learn a language is to completely immerse in it, so I decided to study abroad in Seoul for a year. As the former President of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) and a organizer of Korean Coffee House at my home university, I’m very interested in Korean affairs and specifically about the situation in North Korea in regards to possible unification and human rights violations. I wanted to become more involved in my experience in Seoul so I applied to PSCORE, where I’m working as a Research Intern. I’m focusing primarily on applying to and fulfilling grant applications for the organization. I’ll be with PSCORE until June.