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Soyoung Jung, MSSP'19

Soyoung (So) Jung, MSSP’19

  • Development Officer at Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi)

So graduated in May 2019 with an MS in Social Policy. Her passion has always been to resolve the issues that arise from the aging population, specifically in East Asia and even more specifically in South Korea. Part of this comes from her deep connection with her family back in Korea. Observing the difficulties that seniors face due to the insufficient government support has led her to research existing policies that can be improved as well as create new programs that can mend the generation gap that is causing miscommunication between seniors and the working-age youth. Due to her interests in serving the senior population, she interned at Penn Asian Senior Services during her studies at SP2 and now works full-time as a Development Officer under supervision of the CEO. Before SP2, So worked at the Cornell University Survey Research Institute as a supervisor overseeing studies conducted by faculty, government organizations and corporations. She received her bachelors in development sociology with a minor in society and law from Cornell University in 2014.

Right after graduation, So received a fellowship to go to Korea University and assist her undergraduate chair with an introductory course. She also helped with a project taking place in Cameroon, which involves the establishment of a program designed to support youth as they transition from school to work.

“The MSSP program not only solidified my interest in a target population, but it equipped me with enough tools within a short amount of time that I felt incredibly prepared to enter the workforce. The array of courses were extremely useful and well-chosen as well.”

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