Documentary features student-tutor interview
The first time sophomore JuChan Park (A16) met tutor and former dean Eva Brann (H89) was in front of a television camera earlier this month on the Annapolis campus. Park, who is from Seoul, Korea and attended high school in Boston, posed questions to Ms. Brann as part of the Korean Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) documentary on discussion-based learning in higher education. Park had not conducted an interview before, though she opened the conversation with quintessential Johnnie gusto and assistance from EBS journalists. “Why don’t tutors talk a lot in class?” was one of her first questions.
“At the beginning I was nervous, but I really enjoyed talking with Ms. Brann,” says Park, who is considering a possible career in business or law. During the interview, Park says that she was “surprised to learn that Ms. Brann has been teaching at St. John’s for 56 years” and asked her if she continues to reread all the Program books for each seminar she teaches. “I was very humbled when I heard how passionately she still prepares for her classes,” says Park. Whatever career path she ultimately pursues after St. John’s, Park says that she hopes to be a lifelong learner like Ms. Brann, and “remain humble and keep asking questions.”
-by Eunji Kim (A15)
Park is one of 49 undergraduate international students attending this year on the Annapolis campus. Students come from all over the world, including Turkey, China, India, Colombia, and Nigeria, among others. Through discussion-based seminar classes, Park continues to increase her language capacity and refine her ability to articulate ideas.