Why are you interested in public policy?
“My interest in policy formation stems from my years of competitive debate. Most of the motions that we analyze and rebut are historically or currently relevant policy issues in fields as diverse as economics, human rights, the environment, feminism and media. Because of this, I’ve been challenged to think deeply and critically about the benefits and detriments of policies, and I’ve been pushed to generate my own arguments beyond the points of view reported and claimed in the media. I have also always been interested in politics, but I want to work in the public service specifically because I want to be have the freedom to support whatever policy I genuinely believe is beneficial, not whichever one is dictated by party lines.”
What inspired you to apply to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
The PPRS program would be a great opportunity for me to explore my policy interests in a way that also complements my business education by allowing me to learn more about the different policy tracks and refine down my interests. Although I do intend on concentrating in Business Economics and Public Policy at Wharton, I would really appreciate taking political science, urban studies and health and societies courses which are completely removed from business. I believe that this would encourage me to consider policy through a different lens, and therefore better understand its possible implications on stakeholder groups.”