Betty McDonald Pre-Med Institute

Student Spotlight

Young Ri Jung

Young Ri Jung came to MPI because of a desire to help people. Before moving to the U.S. two-and-a-half years ago, he served in the Korean army, where he calculated firing data and trajectories for large artillery. This was something he was good at and enjoyed doing because it allowed him to solve problems and use critical thinking. But one day his interest in medicine took on a new light when one of his friend’s hands was crushed in a training exercise. Feeling helpless to assist his companion, Young Ri made a decision. He wanted to go to medical school and learn to serve others by caring for their health.


Arriving in San Bernardino, California, Young Ri decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and study as a chemistry major. But when he didn’t receive the personalized attention he desired at Cal State, Young Ri chose to transfer to SUU where his younger brother was already attending. Young Ri says he really enjoys the teaching style in the U.S. and the involvement of the professors. Though his study schedule is demanding, he still finds time to unwind by watching the occasional blockbuster movie and listening to music.