What inspired you to apply to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
“PPRS will complement my past and future course of study at Penn. Thus far, my academic focus on policy and political systems has largely focused on qualitative aspects. As a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major, I have undertaken significant coursework related to public policy. While these classes have provided useful and insightful exposure to public policy, gaining a quantitative understanding is essential in order to comprehend the implementation and execution of policy. The impacts of policy can be wide-ranging, making it important to understand not only its effects on individuals’ feelings toward the government, but also its effects on the overall economy and the economic standing of individuals.”
What do you hope to gain from the PPRS experience?
“In the future, it is my goal to work as a public interest lawyer, utilizing the intersection of policy and law to benefit others. As a Public Policy Research Scholar, I will further my understanding of how and why government institutes policy. This program will help me develop these skills through gaining an increased academic understanding of policy through the required coursework and practical understanding though research and internship experience. A more thorough understanding of policy will provide me with an increased awareness of the causes and effects of policy. With this knowledge, I can better understand how to use policy and political systems as tools for positive change.”