Iberian Literary and Cultural Studies / East Asian Studies
B.A. June 2012, Summa cum Laude
Home College: Hunter
Mentors: Profs. Charlotte Brooks, History, Baruch & Maria Hernandez-Ojeda, Romance Languages, Hunter
Macaulay Honors College
Korean Language Outstanding Studies Award
Korean Language Globalization Award
Huayu Enrichment Scholarship
Phi Beta Kappa
George Vourderis was a sophomore in the CUNY Macaulay Honors College when he applied to CUNY BA in order to broaden the scope of his degree to include Spanish, Korean and Chinese culture, literature, language, history, politics and identity, all with an eye to preparing for a career in diplomacy and foreign policy.
Vourderis has had a life-long interest in East Asian culture, and started learning Korean in his freshman year in high school. Later, he studied Korean on his own by attending private language schools and working for Korean organizations. In college, he held an internship at The Korea Society under the Korean Language Education Department. For his area, he included a year of study at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. While there he did a research project on cultural exchange, interviewing Korean and foreign college students on how they viewed the treatment of foreigners residing in Korea. He also worked translating Korean textbooks and volunteered as a guide and interpreter in a Korean hospital. In the summer of 2010, he studied Spanish language and literature in Spain at Universidad Nebrija. At Hunter, he is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Chapter and was the president of the student-run Spanish literary magazine La Revista from 2009-2010. He has two publishing credits to his name, having been the head translator and editor for a Korean Language textbook and for a chapter he wrote on the human health impacts of meat processing for the book Where’s the Beef? Environmental and Social Impacts.
In addition to his year of study in Korea, his area courses were drawn from Hunter, Baruch and Queens Colleges.
Vourderis has been chosen to be a Student Ambassador for the USA Pavilion at the “Living Ocean and Coast” Expo hosted by the Republic of Korea this summer in Yeosu, a coastal town in Korea’s southern-most province. He left for that position right after completing the Spring 2012 semester. Immediately following that job, he will embark upon his Fulbright Fellowship, conducting research in South Korea for 2012-13.