Jennifer Lee (New Jersey)
Major: Public Policy, Italian and American Studies
Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
My name is Jennifer Lee, and I’m an undergraduate student at Princeton University, pursuing a degree in the School for Public and International Affairs. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in June 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Although I’ve had my fair share of emergency room expeditions and colonoscopies, my IBD diagnosis taught me that the most important thing each day is to be content in the present moment. While I currently manage my symptoms through biologics injections and natural supplements, I’m certainly still learning more about my condition and body every single day.
On campus, I serve on the Disability Collective (DisCo) as well as the Undergraduate Student Government’s Disability Task Force, where I’ve found a supportive network regarding my diagnosis. As a proud Korean American immigrant, I’m excited to shed light on diversity and intersectionality within the IBD diagnosis space, demonstrating that this illness affects a great range of patients. I’m truly ecstatic to be serving on the NCCL and I hope that sharing my IBD journey can help other young adults!