Why are you interested in public policy?
“Growing up, I went through periods of time when I either was on government insurance or did not have health insurance due to financial difficulties. This meant that I had to try to stay healthy, stay out of harm’s way, and decide case by case whether or not to go to a doctor. It is because of these experiences that I wanted to make sure no one else had to go through a lack of health care access. I hope to study health policy and pursue a career in public policy, reforming our health care markets to create affordable healthcare coverage and equitable access. I am also a first generation, low-income student, so I know the struggles of going through the college application process blind and the difficulties of affording college. Whether it is in high school applying for college or here at Penn, I see my FGLI background influence my daily choices. For me, this has cemented the importance of education and my hope that everyone can reach higher education. However, from personal experiences, I know that this is easier said than done, as access and affordability are once again a problem. These interests in health and education policy have grown to an overarching interest in the reciprocity between public policy and social change.”
What do you hope to gain from the PPRS experience?
“With PPRS I am pursuing a policy track in education. My majors allow me to go in depth into health policy, but PPRS allows me to pursue my passion for access in education. By taking classes in the GSE, I would be able to learn more about access to higher education and the economic aspects that are involved in education policy. On campus for education access I am involved in things like Penn First, 1vyG, and the Admissions Dean’s Advisory Board, within these groups, I work on advocating for current and future first generation and low-income students, as well as underserved communities in general. I see the work that I do as a way to influence education policy at the micro level of Penn. Studying education policy with PPRS means I can explore things at the macro level and better understand the role that I can play in education reform in my future career.”