ABERDEEN, S.D. – A former Northern State University international student enjoyed his time in Aberdeen so much that he named his business back home after the city.
Seung Jun Lee and his wife, Claire, are owners of Aberdeen Story, a book/coffee store that is a popular study spot for students in Seoul, South Korea.
Lee, who studied for one semester at Northern State University in spring 2008, said he chose the name for his business because it keeps him connected to the “precious memory” of his time in Aberdeen. He also has good memories of time spent studying in Northern’s Williams Library. NSU International Student Advisor Stacey Schmidt said Lee’s store has a large area that has study rooms for students to rent – a popular practice in South Korea.
Lee, who also works at a bank in Seoul, said NSU helped prepare him for his career as a banker and a business owner.
“The sense of self-confidence was the biggest asset that I learned at Aberdeen – not to mention the speaking English,” he said. “I am still proud of myself for having an NSU student ID card.”
Schmidt worked with employees of the NSU bookstore and post office to send Lee some Northern and Aberdeen materials to display at his business. The items from Aberdeen are perfect, Schmidt said, because they contain the city’s slogan: “Write your story.”
Lee said he displays these souvenirs and brochures so his customers will know “the small and peaceful town in the Midwest.”