Getting to know U: Joo Sung Kim – School of Education & Human Development

Getting to know U: Joo Sung Kim

Joo Sung Kim

Doctoral Candidate

Exercise Physiology


What is your favorite vacation spot? OR Where is the most interesting place you’ve visited?
The most interesting place was Whistler in British Columbia, Canada. The Whistler is such a beautiful place with a vast mountain covered with snow.

What is your favorite movie and why?
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in this movie, the main actor “Walter” can go any place at any time just by his imagination, which got me vicarious satisfaction.

What is your favorite hobby or thing to do on weekends?
Going to the Gym and playing tennis with my beautiful wife Jenny are my favorite hobbies, which help manage the stress from my Ph.D. life.

What is special about the place you grew up? OR What is your favorite childhood memory?
I was born and raised in South Korea (Not North Korea). Our country has a state of the art public transportation and tasty traditional cuisines. People can sightsee both traditional town and modern city of Korea by public transportation. Also, as Korea is a peninsula and 70% of the land covered by scenic mountains, Korea is a great place for both hiking and water sports. Lastly, Korea has the world’s fastest internet connection speed.

What is something nobody would guess about you (that you are willing to disclose!)?
Christmas music is my favorite music. The funny thing is that I enjoy listening to Christmas songs even in summer.

What was your first impression of UM (or SEHD) when you first started working/going to school here?
Enthusiasm!. This University and School of Education and Human Development has prestigious scholars, friendly staffs, and brilliant students. Everyone at the University of Miami is so passionate about their work and study. Such environment motivates and inspires me every day.