How does PPRS fit with the rest of your curriculum?
When I see a problem, my first thought has been “how can I address that so people do not have to do deal with it?” That thirst to solve problems is what brought me to Penn’s M&T program. As a systems engineer, I learn how to model the behavior of literally anything and understand where that unit falls apart, where that unit gets its power, and where that unit collapses. I have used that knowledge for policy already—last semester I created a simulation in class which created a live view of the Syrian refugee crisis and created quota and policy projections as to how much should be spent on refugee supplies by country and by district of each country. Through PPRS, I’m continuing to build on this acumen for problem-solving.
In what other ways have you explored your interest in public policy while at Penn?
Like many other PPRS students, I am currently a writer for Penn Wharton PPI’s Wonk Tank blog and edit their Foreign Policy and International Trade group. My focus as a writer has been on sustainable relations and frameworks for interaction between the US and other nations–in other words, developing long term outlooks in response to key stimuli. This topic, though broad, has led me to develop insights on Latin American judicial policy, negotiations with theatre states, and the military policy of Japan. I have also edited the writings of other students on topics ranging from Brexit to Indian agricultural policy. To this end, Wonk Tank has given me a chance to cultivate my own outlook on public policy research while not only reading but discussing others’ ideas and honing them into actionable plans.