What interests you about public policy?
“Since my arrival at Penn I have built upon my previous experience in and persistent passion for public policy. The public policy process, as a subject of study, has always interested me because it represents the mechanism through which ideas are translated into real, tangible change. My passion for public policy began when I watched a U.S. tank roll across the desert during the televised 2003 invasion of Iraq. That image stuck with me. Such moments define who I am academically, and seeing that event would ultimately lead to me asking important questions such as “Why?” “How?” and “Who?” I wanted to know about the politics — the decision making — behind real-life events. This, unbeknownst to me at the time, was the “gateway” for my interest in politics and public policy.”
What do you hope to gain from the PPRS experience?
I hope to incorporate the PPRS curriculum into my studies of international relations and environmental studies. The PPRS program offers a mechanism through which students such as myself can integrate their normal academic studies with a public policy focus. From PPRS, I hope to gain more experience in the public policy field, as well as to further expand my toolbox of abilities that could be used in enacting and/or formulating public policy in the real world.