My name is Cole Borlee and I am a sophomore studying philosophy and political science. I am interested in constitutional law, national politics, and egalitarianism, and I plan on going to law school after Penn.
Regarding philosophy for the young: I am interested in helping teach philosophy to youth because I recognize the great potential effects it can have on them; in addition to greatly advancing the youth’s writing and critical thinking skills, it allows them the opportunity to personally mature and develop in their attitudes towards the world and people. I’m honored to be able to give these youth this incredible opportunity.
My name is Katie Busch and I am a freshman in the College studying Moral & Political Philosophy and Psychology. I am interested in criminal justice and philosophical questions regarding the justification for punishment as well as the study of how society determines moral and cultural norms.
Regarding philosophy for the young: I am passionate about teaching philosophy to youth because I firmly believe that strong critical thinking is the most important skill one can develop. I also believe that attempting to tackle the moral and existential questions philosophy poses provides an opportunity for tremendous personal growth and holds the potential to greatly shape a person’s thoughts and actions, especially if introduced at a young age.
Momena is a sophomore majoring in Philosophy, and is also an international student from the UK.
Regarding philosophy for the young: I care about the work of P4Y because I think philosophy can embrace the intense curiosity so common in the young, and I believe this to also be useful for other subjects from which philosophy provides a nice break. Personally, it is just enjoyable to see a young person get excited about things they may not have thought about or may not have been asked about otherwise.
I am a sophomore from Hong Kong studying Moral and Political Philosophy. Outside of classes, I am interested in reading, movie watching, and coffee drinking.
Regarding philosophy for the young: Coming from a place where students are taught under a rigid, East Asian-style, academically-focused curriculum, I had little chance to explore the wonders of Philosophy before my college years. Through participating in P4Y, I wish to enable young children to do what I have not been taught to do – to be curious, inquisitive, and to “ask the silly questions”. After I graduate, I would like to introduce the P4Y concept to Hong Kong and launch similar initiatives.
Regarding philosophy for the young: When exposed to philosophy, my own worldview was greatly expanded, and I was presented with ideas and questions that really challenged me to think. I found philosophical discussions to deeply rewarding, and I hope to encourage other students to explore philosophy. Having volunteered as an educator at a Children’s Museum, I have first-hand experience with the enthusiasm, energy and unique perspectives that children can bring to the table. I am excited to be a part of the P4Y initiative!
I am a sophomore (C’22) majoring in Philosophy with a concentration in Science and minoring in the Biological Basis of Behavior with hopes to go to medical school.
Regarding philosophy for the young: Seizing the new academic opportunities that Penn had placed at my fingertips, I took a fun Introduction to Ethics seminar freshman year. I realized that for the past 12 years of my education, I had missed the invaluable critical thinking skills and liberating curiosity that studying philosophy offers us. Introducing philosophy to grade-school students will enable their growing minds to ask questions and ponder on things beyond traditional subjects. And it’s fun!
I am a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying mathematics and economics.
I have coached high-school debate for the Indian national team, as well as coaching Philadelphia schools for the Ethics Bowl. I was first introduced to philosophy through debate, and have continued to nurture an interest in both activities throughout college.