8:11 pm - 06/13/2012

U-KISS’s AJ Proves, “You Only Need 2.5 Years to Enter Columbia University


U-KISS’s member AJ is revealed to be a genius.

In the episode of KBS 2’s quiz show 1 vs 100 that aired on June 12, all members of U-KISS got eliminated on the fourth level. Han Suk Joon, the host of the show, said, “AJ, I heard that you have a smart brain.”

AJ is currently enrolled to Columbia University in the U.S. When Han asked, “When did you study?” AJ replied, “Before I debuted with U-Kiss, I had two and a half years for myself. So I used those years wisely and entered the university.”

On hearing this, Han said, “People study a lot to enter that school, but you’ve only spent a short amount of time. You must be a genius.”

When AJ said that the questions for the quiz were hard, he joked, “But they must be easier than entering Columbia University,” and inspired laughter.

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mongs 13th-Jun-2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
of course ^_^
pinky_fairy10 14th-Jun-2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
your icon *_*
kazu_kumaguro 13th-Jun-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
so he spent 2.5 years to study SAT or whatever required for uni entrance?
sai12 13th-Jun-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
Haha probably but since it is all in English I'm sure it was more difficult
sai12 13th-Jun-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
But he hasn't actually gone to the University yet right? Wish he could...after working so hard to get in.
mikachi613 14th-Jun-2012 07:51 am (UTC)
agreed...singing career or not, it'd be foolish to decline acceptance to such an acclaimed school
hibinoasako 13th-Jun-2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
aww ayjaaaaay <3
nekkedness 13th-Jun-2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
2.5 years lol so he studied after high school? I wonder my chances if I study for 3 months..I'm applying for Spring admission.
vinnysays 13th-Jun-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Good luck! But you should really apply to the better CU. (Cornell.)

Unbias, Obvs
akaich0u 13th-Jun-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
2.5 years....total from the time between middle school and college? Impressive. 2.5 years after high school? Eh...international school is also exactly like going to school in a primarily-English speaking country. I mean it's great for him (THE Columbia), but 2 years post-high school education to transfer to a four year college is the average.
miracle_candle 14th-Jun-2012 07:48 am (UTC)
this is columbia we're talking about (#4 in the us and #10 in the world). not some second-rate university. of course he is not at genius level but i don't think an average person can easily enter the university of that caliber. i guess that is what the article trying to say. i think you can read other comments in this post to know that it is difficult to enter the school.

Edited at 2012-06-14 08:02 am (UTC)
uledy 13th-Jun-2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
I must be Mensa material since I didn't really study for the SAT at all...
joong_ki 13th-Jun-2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Lol. I didn't study at all either. While most of my friends were taking classes to improve their test-taking skills I was being a lazy ass on my computer.
o_o_mai_o_o 13th-Jun-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
lol people, he probably took the SAT, multiple SAT IIs and AP exams during those two years, not just to study for one test. This is Columbia and he's an international student so he'd be put at a higher standard.
k0dama 13th-Jun-2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
You have to be more than smart for college admissions in the US though.
You have to also demonstrate leadership skills or some other valuable asset to the college.
I don't think Korea understands that at all. They just see "college in US" and think "wow, that must be way better and harder than our universities!" They also don't understand that students in the US sometimes go to a college because of the majors, classes, or faculty they offer and that it isn't always about ivy league schools.

Edited at 2012-06-13 10:06 pm (UTC)
nijigirl_us 13th-Jun-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
Columbia Uni is a very competitive school. It's ranked #4 in the US and #10 in the world(U.S. News & World Report).

It's absolutely not easy to get into the school even if English is you first language, so AJ deserves extra props.
tsuyoi_hikari 14th-Jun-2012 12:47 am (UTC)

I remember when he said it was difficult with his studies and all but I'm glad he make it in the end. :D I wondered how he gonna manage since U-KISS will be extremely busy at Japan this year.
seungtoria 14th-Jun-2012 01:28 am (UTC)
handsome and smart, of course
peanim 14th-Jun-2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Huhu you smart boy, I love you but please don't leave.
Obviously being selfish here.
I think anyone can exaggerate and downsize his achievement, but the fact is, he got in. Clearly, that's something.

Edited at 2012-06-14 02:03 am (UTC)
leigh1381 14th-Jun-2012 05:06 am (UTC)
smart and handsome...
muchie05 14th-Jun-2012 07:07 am (UTC)
total package! <3
aneeleniffum 14th-Jun-2012 07:44 am (UTC)
dude, this is impressive. my bias, i love you. you are flawless. good at making music, raps amazingly, intelligent, dorky, witty, though a little moody sometimes lol XD let me marry you now.

i heard that it's difficult though to enter US universities especially for international students. there are so many tests to go through and i heard they rely a lot on personal statements and IQ tests (???). i understand HOW DIFFICULT writing personal statements can be so his must be great enough to get him enrolled into Columbia. i had to write mine for Edinburgh for my MA and it was so difficult having to 'sell' yourself since UK unis are very dependent on personal statements.

....and to think that unis in the States is so expensive ;____; and top unis to go to for my course are mostly in the States.

all the best, jaeseop. i want you to stay in U-Kiss but furthering your studies is a better option, of course :) go get your degree!! proud to be a stan of the first idol to go to an ivy league uni :'D
mikachi613 14th-Jun-2012 07:53 am (UTC)
He wouldn't be the first...
*ahem* Tablo.
cettefemme90 14th-Jun-2012 10:50 am (UTC)
Congrats to him, but it doesn't necessarily make him a 'genius'...very intelligent, yes, but not at the genius level per se. But anyway, job well done, and I think it's very admirable that he worked hard to get there and evidently spent a lot of time and money on his education.

Unless of course all of my classmates and I are also geniuses (heh, nope).

Also, 'people study a lot to enter that school'; it's not Columbia, but I spent about five minutes making myself a Powerpoint presentation for my Cambridge interview, which I guess theoretically means I was making stuff up on the spot for the hour-long interview and knew what I was talking about. Heh, nope. Three years later and I'm still confused as to why the heck they let me in here.
zoetheslacker 14th-Jun-2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
is he the only idol that went to an international school that didn't grew up in the States/Canada etc? coz among the english-speaking idols, all if not most of them seems to be raised overseas.
aneeleniffum 14th-Jun-2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
yes. but there are reports saying he stayed in the States for a few weeks/months when he was very young.
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