"The Library is essential to me" - Youn Woo's SLQ story
By Administrator | 27 June 2017
Meet Youn Woo, one of our regular users of State Library of Queensland.
I’m Youn Woo, I’m from South Korea and I’ve been in Australia for around 3 years. I grew up in Korea and after high school I went to military service, 26 months. Only one day after that, I left to go to China to study medicine.
I couldn’t speak any Chinese so I had to prepare for 10 months and pass the exam in order to enrol to university. I went to Beijing because I could study both the western and the eastern medicine, since the western approach has side effects that I don’t like. And in this way I could broaden my view.
I studied in Beijing for around 9 years, with major in Chinese medicine. After finishing my postgraduate school I worked in a hospital in Beijing. But my visa was almost expired by that time, so I had to find another place to live. I applied for jobs in Australia and that’s why I came here. Now I’m working in a clinic as Chinese medicine practician.
When I was at school in Korea I studied English but in China I didn’t have occasion to practice it, so my English was almost zero when I came. That’s the reason why I first came to the Library: I needed to get a good score for my IELTS English test! I needed to pass the test to get my licence approved. I didn’t know much about the libraries in Brisbane, but one of my friends at school said that there was a really good one in South Bank. So I said let’s go there!
There are a lot of libraries around in Brisbane, but here the circumstances are really the best. It’s very clean, good temperature, I can have my space to study comfortably. In South Korea the population is large and the territory is very small. You just don’t get all this space for you.
I can use the Wi-Fi and I can refill my water. I can have a break and walk around, hang out, and relieve my stress. If I ‘m at home and I’m tired I end up playing with the computer or sleeping. And I don’t want to spend my time like that. Since I’m not working every day, I come here to study things related to my major, to extend my knowledge for my own pleasure and interest. I’d say that overall the Library is essential for me!
When I visit a place, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth or any city in the world, the first places I go to are the libraries and the universities!
I think parking around the Library is too expensive. I have to come by bus because of that. So I’d make parking more affordable and I’d love to have the Library always open, from 7am to midnight!VisitorServices@slq.qld.gov.au
As told to Fed Pani, Visitor Experience
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