What interests you about public policy?
“My passion for public policy began in high school, as I studied and debated policy in Speech and Debate and Youth in Government. I gained a greater appreciation for how everything from international conflict to domestic tax changes influenced the world around me. I carried that appreciation with me to Wharton and the Public Policy Initiative Student Group where I could continue learning more about questions which interested me. By engaging with important issues of economic reform, foreign affairs, and financial governance, I learned the role policy making can have in doing good. I was drawn to the meticulous nature of public policy research. I fell in love with the ability to utilize analytical skills, pragmatic thinking, and logical problem solving to reach a conclusion that could improve someone’s quality of life.”
What inspired you to apply to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
“While Penn provides many opportunities to explore my academic curiosity, I believed the PPRS program would help me connect all the important aspects of policy scholarship such as research, statistical analysis, and written methodology. Penn Wharton PPI helps me combine my disparate interests in economics, policy, business, and law underneath a single framework to explore different policy issues and contribute to public service. I was particularly excited by the fact that PPRS helps connect students to research roles and internships to provide real world research experience. By gaining this hands-on experience with analytical work, I can better understand how to use policy and political systems as tools for positive change.”
What do you hope to gain from the PPRS experience?
“To gain the ability to turn my curiosity surrounding policy matters into answers. I want to understand the issues that the United States and other countries face and how I can apply what I am learning to make a positive impact. There will always be new questions and new challenges in public policy. The learning process does not stop once I graduate. PPRS emphasizes continuous learning and academic engagement, values which will be critical to effective public policy. Through rigorous training in both qualitative and quantitative methods, I hope to hone my knowledge of domestic and foreign policy. Because of PPRS, I do not have to wait to meaningfully contribute to unconsidered and unanswered policy questions. I can start now.”