What inspired you to apply to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
The most valuable asset to statesmen is a thorough understanding of three elements: politics, law, and public policy. This knowledge, and its successful execution, holds that promise for a better tomorrow, and is the essence of what the American theologian James Freeman Clarke wrote, “The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman thinks about the next generation.” I believe that the University of Pennsylvania’s Public Policy Research Scholars’ curriculum will impart a critical component of that knowledge, not only to me, but to scores of future statesmen and women.
What do you hope to gain from the PPRS experience?
“Through the PPRS program, I will look forward to receiving help in finding substantive policy-related internships, fostering relationships with policy experts and government officials, and collaborating with faculty members and my fellow Public Policy Research Scholars. Collectively, I hope to use these experiences to hone my knowledge of domestic and foreign policy, and learn the nuances of governing. Whereas the PPRS coursework will provide me the opportunity to delve into my policy interests, I firmly believe experience in the policy process will give me the tools to affect change and help tackle some of the greatest issues of our time, such as income inequality, nuclear proliferation, and development in low-income countries.”