RÉSUMÉ

Summary
Hannah Cho is a photographer, writer and traveler. Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised across the globe in Singapore, Los Angeles and Shanghai, she considers herself a Third Culture Kid. While attending the world's first traveling mobile boarding school, THINK Global School and living in over ten countries, she began writing about and photographing her travels. Her travel photo essay book "Terminal" was published in November 2014. She is also an orator and slam poet, performing often in front of audiences around the world. In addition to dabbling in the local tongues of her temporary homes, Hannah speaks English, Korean and Spanish. In the fall of 2015, she will continue her education at Columbia University in the City of New York, in pursuit of a double degree in Political Science and Creative Writing.

Education - formal
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK (Sep 2015-Present)
- Major undecided
- Looking to pursue double degree in Political Science and Creative Writing

THINK GLOBAL SCHOOL, traveling boarding school (Sep 2011-June 2015)
- Locations of study and residence (3 – 6 months/country)

  • 12th grade: New Zealand, Costa Rica, Greece
  • 11th grade: India, Tanzania, Japan
  • 10th grade: Argentina, Bhutan, USA
  • 9th grade: Ecuador, Thailand, Germany

Education - summer enrichment
YONSEI INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL, Yonsei University (Jul 2015)
- Six-week program in Korean language, culture and political thought with professors Victor Cha (Georgetown University), David Kang (University of Southern California), Christina Davis (Princeton University)

HUMANITIES, EDUCATION & LEADERSHIP PROGRAM, Stanford University (Jul 2012)
- Two-week program “Great Ideas in Western Political Thought” with Stanford professors Ruth Starkman and Russell Berman

KOREAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE PROGRAM, Korea University (Jul 2011)
- Five-week Korean culture and language immersion program “Korean Language, Culture and Identity for Overseas Koreans II”

STANFORD NATIONAL FORENSICS INSTITUTE, Stanford University (Jun 2011)
- Two-week program studying Lincoln-Douglas Debate, engaging in mock debates re: juvenile incarceration

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Leadership Experience
President, STUDENT COUNCIL (Sep 2012-Dec 2014)
- Planned agenda for weekly student council meetings and bimonthly school-wide forum, Village Hall
- Delegated planning of activities; facilitated communication of student opinion and proposals to administration

President and Coach, MODEL UNITED NATIONS (Sep 2012-Dec 2014)
- Developed creative lesson plans to teach public speaking, research and debate skills and to prepare for international conferences
- Served as Secretary General for IISHJMUN 2013, organizing full logistics of conference for 200 delegates

STUDENT ADMISSIONS SELECTION COMMITTEE (Feb-Jun 2013)
- Selected by high school administration and admissions director to be a student interviewer
- Interviewed prospective students and advised the admissions committee on several candidates

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Activities & Volunteer Service
PHOTOGRAPHY (Mar 2011-Present)
- Photographed travels and professional models, showcased on my Facebook page, Flickr and 500px feed
- Exhibited “The Way They Are” series of over 40 works of travel photography at Gallery Mark in Seoul in Nov. 2014

SLAM POETRY (May 2013-Present)
- Wrote and performed original performance poetry
- Performed at Gotham Comedy Club (New York) and on several stages in India, US and Japan

LIFE FUNDS FOR NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES (Jan 2012-Present)
- Wrote article for website about socio-political tensions in North Korea from a youth perspective
Advised on the NGO’s social media outreach

SCHOOL-BUILDING SERVICE WORK (Dec 2011-Dec 2013)
- Participated with several organizations, including Me to We Foundation and Ponheary Ly Foundation
- Built school buildings for Mokila Tunda refugees (India), Palong Hill Tribe (Thailand), Chimborazo villagers (Ecuador), et al.

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Projects/Work Experience
Collaborating Artist, HANNAH CHO x ELLE BLUE CANVAS BAGS (Oct 2014-April 2015)
- A collection of canvas bags printed with my drawings
- To be launched in Spring Summer 2015 season


Author, "TERMINAL/터미널" BOOK (Sep 2011-Nov 2014)
- An extensive collection of my photographs, short stories and essays from past three years of travel
- Published by Seoul-based publishing house, Mujin Tree in translated Korean

Apprenticeship, imaGENE STUDIOS (June-Aug 2014)
- Worked full-time as a technical assistant in studio taking light readings and setting up/adjusting lighting equipment
- Trained and assisted in shooting and processing of B/W film, developing prints and maintaining darkroom

Online Media Photographer, ELLE OUTDOOR & ELLE GOLF (Jan 2014-Jun 2014)
- Photographed editorials for S/S 2014, F/W 2014, S/S 2015 for social media, website, promotional use in 153 stores

- Assisted in-studio catalogue photo shoot at VOTT Studio with Kim Oi-Mil

Teaching Assistant, OOLEE INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY (July 2013-Aug 2013)
- Prepared teaching materials, cleaned classrooms and darkroom, handled recycling of chemicals, manned info desk
- Worked in unpaid internship (25-hour weeks, 4 weeks/ yr)

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Awards & Honors

  • Best Speaker, Innov-8 Leadership Millennium Conference  (Aug 2014)
  • Honorable Delegate of Security Council, Yale Model UN Korea Conference (May 2014)
  • 1st Place, “India: Our Girls, Our Pride” Indus Photography Competition (Nov 2013)
  • Interviewed and featured on Radio Free Asia re: North Korean human rights (Sep 2013)
  • 1st Place, Indus Inter-House Declamation Speech Competition (Aug 2013)
  • Featured on “Made With Paper,” in iPad app Paper by FiftyThree (Jun 2013)
  • Best Position Paper of MDG Review, Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference NYC (May 2013)
  • 1st Place, Bracket C International Eracism Project debate (Dec 2012)
  • Highly Commended Delegate of Human Rights Council, Lanna Model UN Conference (Feb 2012)
  • Best Student Award, Korea University Language Program (Jun 2011)
  • Scholarship (one of two awarded) to return to Stanford National Forensics Institute the following summer (Jun 2010)