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SNF Paideia Fellows Reflect on their Experience in the Program

Angelina Oh, Celia Kreth, and Thomas Kyong, three SNF Paideia Fellows in the class of 2023 cohort reflect on their experience in the program.

Angelina Oh, C’23, a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics graduate from San Diego, CA, talks about being part of the inaugural cohort of fellows, the impact of the program on her academic research, and her plans for life after Penn. Her capstone project examines the justification for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and identification of potential tangible impacts of CSR on the community.

The Program has impacted me in a lot of different ways. It has been my main avenue on campus to merge my different interests, whether it be professional, academic, or personal. One of the opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible without the Program was going to Italy in pursuit of research.



Celia Kreth, C’23, a Communications and Public Service graduate from Little Rock, AR, reflects on the impact of the program on her academic decisions, and her final culminating capstone project. Her capstone project analyzes the rhetoric between President Eisenhower and Governor Faubus during the 1957 Little Rock, Arkansas crisis. Hear more from Celia about her experience as a SNF Paideia Fellow.

The SNF Paideia Program helped me figure out which courses I wanted to take and then those courses helped me figure out what I’m really passionate about and find a more meaningful purpose especially with the Capstone pitch and the Capstone project itself. I was able to be very specific in how I planned my academic journey.


Thomas Kyong, W’23, an Economics and Business Analytics graduate from Las Vegas, NV, shares his experience as a SNF Paideia Fellow. Thomas talks about the transformational academic decisions he made with the support and mentorship he received from the program. His capstone project utilizes statistical and quantitative methods to survey the spillover effects of LGBT laws on anti-Asian and anti-LGBT hate crimes. It also integrates interviews and field data to understand LGBT sentiment across the U.S., Japan, and South Korea.

From the SNF Paideia pro-seminars I’ve learned that dialogue is not entirely verbal. There are a lot of non-verbal and intrinsically motivated dialogue that goes on while you’re self-reflecting and reflecting with others. In the future beyond Penn, I will understand that dialogue is something that is very important no matter what you’re studying or what you’re doing.

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