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The Light Fellowship Student Advisory Committee (SAC) was founded in 2007 by a group of Light Fellows returning to campus after their time abroad, eager to share their experiences with peers, encourage other students to seek the same opportunity, and give back to the Light Fellowship Program.  

Reach out to one of the SAC members below if you are interested in speaking to a former Fellow about applying to the Light Fellowship, choosing a program, spending a term or year abroad, or have general questions about the Light Fellowship experience and studying abroad in East Asia!

Tip: Contact the Light Fellowship office:

  • If you are interested in speaking to a recent Fellow with similar academic or career interests or who did a particular program or term abroad not represented below.
  • If you have questions or concerns about how your race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability, religion, or other identity considerations may impact your experience abroad and are unsure which SAC member to speak to.

We would be happy to share resources and put you in touch with former Fellows who are willing to share their experience and insights into these important considerations.

SAC Members


Tallulah Keeley-Leclaire

BA
Undeclared
2022
BK

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Language Officer
2019-2020

Hi! My name is Tallulah and I'm a sophomore in Pierson. I studied in Seoul for the summer semester at SNU, so I was in Korea for roughly 11 weeks. Although I engaged in many touristy trips, and expanded my knowledge of Korean tremendously, I also spent a lot of time thinking critically about my own position in the world and situating my experience in Seoul with my broader experiences in life. It was a period of vast transformation and growth for me, and I truly believe it couldn't have happened any other way. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about Seoul, studying abroad, or even being vegetarian while abroad! I am more than happy to share my experiences, and would love to offer any advice I can.


David Landolfi

B.S.
Chemistry
2021
Ezra Stiles

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Language Officer
2019-2020

Hi! The summer before my sophomore year, I studied in South Korea through the Light Fellowship. While learning Korean, I managed to explore and discover an amazing culture I had known so little about before. If you are considering studying abroad in Korea, I'd be more than happy to talk!


Madeline Marconi

BA
Undeclared
2022
ES

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Co-chair
2019-2020

After a year of studying Korean at Yale, choosing to spend the summer after my first year attending Seoul National University was one of the best decisions I've made in college thus far. My study abroad in South Korea through the Light Fellowship was an incredible learning experience, both in terms of my language skills and my personal growth. I loved living in Seoul, and definitely hope to return in the future. If anyone is curious about any part of life in Korea, be it the food, best places to visit, the language programs, housing, or anything of the like, I would be happy to talk about it all!


Jennifer Yoon

BA
Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
2021
SM

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Language Officer
2019-2020

Hi! This past summer I studied at Yonsei University's Korean Language Program (KLI). This was one of the most memorable experiences I've had in my life. At first I was scared about visiting an unfamiliar country but I ended up having so much fun learning the language with people from all over the world, while exploring places in Korea I'd only seen in pictures. If you have any questions about academics or things to do and places to go in Korea, feel free to reach out! I'd love to talk about anything you're curious about.


Jenny Cheng

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Language Officer
2019-2020

Hey there! I I started with Korean L1 in my first year at Yale and studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea at Seoul National University on Light Fellowship the summer before my sophomore year. My time in Seoul was definitely a highlight of my college experiences so far — I had so much fun studying Korean inside and outside of the classroom, exploring the city, and learning about the culture and cuisine. Feel free to talk to me about the Light Fellowship, studying language abroad, life in Seoul, or where to find the best food while there!


Minji Park

BA
Undeclared
2022
MC

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Co-chair
2019-2020

Hey!! Spending the summer in Seoul, South Korea was a truly transformative experience. Practicing Korean outside a classroom-setting, reignited my love for learning and enabled a lot of both cultural appreciation and intrapersonal discovery and growth. If you have any questions about spending a summer in Seoul, the Light Fellowship, or anything really, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to sit down and chat!


Olivia Johann

BA
Undeclared
2022
JE

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Language Officer
2019-2020

Hi everyone, I studied abroad in South Korea at Seoul National University during the summer of 2019 - one of the best decisions I've made at Yale. Feel free to contact me (email or Facebook Messenger) if you have questions on the application and/or want to know about my experience!