What inspired you to apply for to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
Throughout high school and my first year here at Penn, I was really involved with social justice work and activism. As I began to invest more and more time into the movement, I realized that in the people I was surrounding myself with, there was no understanding of compromise or baby steps. I also learned change isn’t effected overnight. As I reevaluated my own understanding of the world, I realized that if I really wanted to make a difference, I needed to gain greater knowledge of how policy really works.
What do you hope to gain from the PPRS experience?
“Easily the most attractive aspect of being part of PPRS is being a member of this particular community of people. During policy debate, I most valued being surrounded by people who also valued and cared about politics and public policy, and I have been searching for that fellowship throughout my time at Penn. I hope to find people who want to casually have a conversation about the recent legislation making its way through the government on a level deeper than criticizing the party that is advocating for it. The classes required for PPRS provide an additional background of information and kinship among the scholars in the program so discussions are a place to test ideas and theories among peers with some common background of understanding. Given the fact that the majority of my courses at Wharton are taken with people committed to entering the private sector, I highly value finding a group that is committed to or is considering entering government work.”
Summer Internship Experience
As a summer intern at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Alexa was involved in a variety of tasks including the evaluation of whether or not legal filings could be considered a regulatory violation; researching pre-exam subjects to determine if individuals involved in a case should be flagged for further investigation; and cross-referencing firms advertising themselves as municipal advisors, looking for potential fraud.