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Outstanding Student Leader: Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society

Christina Oum

Christina Oum has already lived in two of the world's most famous cities, scored three internship positions, and currently holds the highly coveted position of Vice President of Pepperdine's communication honor society. And this is only the beginning.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Oum immigrated to Torrance, California when she was six. When it came time to make the college decision, "I didn't choose Pepperdine. Pepperdine chose me," Oum says. Pepperdine encompassed all of the features she was looking for in a school, from the small class sizes to the sense of community that permeates through each student and faculty member.

Now a senior majoring in Rhetoric and Communications, her appreciation for Pepperdine and its faculty has grown exponentially. "What I love most about Pepperdine is its faculty," Oum says. "The professors have been the most supportive and influential people in my life. I have found that each professor excels in their disciplines and have been great mentors."

The opportunities she's received outside of the classroom have also contributed to her educational experience and success. She has interned as a paralegal assistant for a business litigation firm in Los Angeles and has also aided the Korean American Coalition in recreating the lesson plan covering the LA Riots of 1992. Currently, she holds an internship position with the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, where she will become a certified mediator.

After graduation, Oum plans to go to law school and focus her attention on educational advocacy. She aspires to one day "lead people and empower others to live their lives to the fullest." With a great education and extensive experience under her belt, the possibilities for Oum are endless.