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FALL2014COMMUNIQU7HesawasignthatchangedhislifeKevinSongrightposeswithhisfamily.KEVINSONGManypeoplehopetoseesignsthatwillpointtheminnewdirections.OnesignonaManhattanstreetchangedKevinSongslifewithtwowordsFreeLunch.SongwhoholdsaPh.D.inindustrialengineeringhadbeeninengineeringfor18yearsandwasworkingforATTBellLabsinNewJerseywhenhiswifesawanadvertisementforafreemealforanyonewhowouldlistentoapresentationonthebenetsofearninganacupuncturelicense.TheytookadvantageoftheopportunityandSongandhiswifeJasminesignedupfortheeveningweekendprogramleadingtoamastersdegreeinacupuncture.Wekeptourjobsandwenttotheacupunctureschoolatnighthesays.Itopenedoureyestothehealthcareindustryandhowthatskillcanchangeapatientslife.Itwasallaboutseeingthepatientasawholeperson.TheSongsopenedasmallacupunctureclinicthatexpandedandlatercametoincludetheNewJerseybranchofJasengMotionStyleAcupunctureTreatmentanontraditionalacupuncturemethodthatwasdevelopedbyDr.Joon-shikShinchairmanandfounderofJasengHospitalofOrientalMedicineinSeoul.MSUCOMcollaborateswithJasengHospitalandhostsitsstudentsontheEastLansingcampuseachyear.Songwaslookingforawaytoexpandhisworkandservicetoothersandsethimselfonacoursetoattendmedicalschool.HereturnedtocollegetotakeprerequisitescienceclassesandpreparefortheMCATandapplicationtoamedicalschool.MSUCOMwasmyschoolofchoicehesays.Ivebeenpreparingtoapplyforalmostveyears.SciencecoursesandtheMCATwerenothisonlyobstacles.HiswifewasnothappywiththeideathathewouldleavehisNewJerseyhomeforfouryearstoattendmedicalschoolandspendmoreyearsinresidency.Convincinghertookseveralyearsandonesmallally.WhenmyoldestdaughterPriscillawas10yearsoldshehadtodoaschoolpaperaboutherrolemodelheexplains.IwasexpectinghertopickJustinBieberorSelenaGomez.Allofasuddenshesaidherrolemodelwasme.Ifoundoutshesawmestudyingthroughthenightandworkingalldayattheclinic.Shesawmeascapableanddeterminedandthatinspiredher.ThisrevelationhumbledSongandhelpedchangehiswifesthinking.ShesnotonlytakenontheresponsibilityofrunningthefamilyandJasengcentershealsouseshisexamscheduletotimeconversationsaboutproblemsthatshesexperiencinginbothplaces.Runningaclinicisdifcultandshestakingcareofthings.Sheknowsmyexamscheduleanddoesnttellmeaboutproblemsuntilaftermyexamsarenishedhesays.Songbelieveshisageandlifestageareabenettohimasamedicalstudent.Ineveryinstancebeingolderputsmeintoabetterpositiontobeamedicalstudent.NeedinglesssleepasIgetoldermeanstheresmoretimetostudy.IdonthavetoimpressagirlfriendorwonderwhomImgoingtomarry.Thedistancefromhisfamilyheandhiswifehavetwodaughtersandasonisachallengebuthebelievesthathecanbeagoodfatherevenfromadistance.Youcantbephysicallytherewithyourchildrenbutthatdoesntmeanyouarenotdoingfatherlydutieshepointsout.Youhavetobeinuentialandshowthemhowtoliveagoodlife.Iwanttobearolemodeltothemandwhentheygrowupforthemtobelikeme.IcantbethereallthetimebutIcanshowthemIlovethemandtalktothemandhelpthemwiththeirproblems.EventhoughtheyreyoungtheyunderstandIcanbetherewhenevertheyneedme.SongplanstousehisknowledgeofbothEasternandWesternmedicineandculturetobringpeopletogetherandimproveunderstandingamongpractitionersofbothschoolsofthought.Thisisnotliketryingsomethingtotallynewheexplains.Imexpandingmycareer.MSUCOMbridgesEasternandWesternmedicine.ImgoingtobeanambassadorrepresentingbothworldsbecauseIcanspeakthelanguageofbothbranchesofmedicine.WhileSongscareerpathisnotoutoftheordinaryintheU.S.manymembersofthebabyboomgenerationareexploringsecondcareershesconsideredmuchmoreofanoveltyinhishomecountry.InKoreawhenyouturn55youbecomeaseniorcitizenhesays.Peopleatthatagearethinkingaboutretiringandtakingcareofgrandchildren.Idontunderstandwhyyoudretire.IfyouhavestrengthtostandupwhywouldyouretireHisstorywasfeaturedintheKoreanmediaandontheFacebookpagesthatgarnerednumerouscommentsquestionsandfans.Heheardfrompeopleofallageswhowereinspiredbyhisstory.Lotsemailedmeandsaiditchangedtheirlivestheyhadgivenupontheirdreamsandthenchangedtheirmindstogoaheadwiththeiroriginalplanshenotes.Peopleareeasilydiscouragedanddonthavethecouragetopursuetheirplanstheytooeasilygiveup.Songhasmanyideasforhislifeaftermedicalschool.HedlovetodotheelectiverotationsinKoreatakemedicalmissiontripsandoperateawhole-bodymedicalcliniccombiningbothEasternandWesternphilosophies.Hishighestpriorityistoputhisneweducationtouseinservicetoothers.AtStanfordUniversitywherehecompletedhismastersdegreethemottowasToLearnToServe.ThismottoalsotsKevinSongsplansforthefuture.Ifyoulearnwithoutservingthatsuseless.Beingadoctorisnotjustforyourownbenetitstohelpothers.IwanttogoonmissiontripsattendChristiangatheringsandusemyknowledgeandskillstoserveothersphysicallymentallyandspiritually.Beingamedicalstudentisessentiallyachallengeandlifewithoutachallengeismeaningless.STUDENTS