USC Price School of Public Policy

Price Student Q&A: Jae Hoon Lee

Hometown: Tenafly, New Jersey
Major: Public Policy and International Relations

Q. What inspired you to choose your major?

A. I chose to study Public Policy in order to learn practical ways to deal with social issues, and hopefully my International Relations major will help me apply that framework of problem-solving to larger, global issues.

Q. What opportunities has Price afforded you?

A. So far: a great professor, a practical understanding of how government functions, and quite a few Price events (with good food). I look forward to engaging with Price throughout my college years.

Q. What skills have you developed in your time at Price?

A. I’ve definitely learned to think more critically. A policy involves a lot of moving parts and the policymaker has to take all of them into account by asking the right questions. It’s difficult, but training my mind to consider the big picture as well as logistics has been a highly positive experience.

Q. Tell us about a memorable Price experience.

A. I attended the Price Fall Networking Night. Besides the slightly awkward self-introductions, I enjoyed talking with many great people.

Q. What class have you enjoyed most at Price and why?

A. I’ve only taken one, which is PPD 225, which is Public Policy and Management, a course I’m regularly challenged in. It’s answered a lot of questions I had about government as well as provided me with a well-grounded perspective on how it works.

Q. What are your future career plans?

A. No clue! Ever since starting college, I’ve been flip-flopping on my future plans. Something about college really makes you rethink everything.

Q. What is the best advice anyone has given to you regarding your education?

A. Someone told me to find passion in my education, to find something that I really enjoy learning, contemplating, and then learning some more. I’m still discovering my passion, but weirdly enough, I feel it slowly creeping up on me! I’m motivated, encouraged, and grateful to be able to find and pursue that passion here at USC.