What interests you about public policy?
“My initial interest in public policy was sparked by my experience with the Girl Up campaign of the United Nations Foundation. As a Teen Advisor for this girls’ empowerment campaign, I learned about the role of American foreign policy and initiatives on the lives of adolescent girls around the world. Through Girl Up, I had my first real exposure to policymaking as I lobbied on Capitol Hill for bills that would improve girls’ access to education globally. Building upon my passion for advocacy, I became an intern in the office of the Mayor of Buffalo, New York. Through the series of community outreach events I planned for the Mayor, I saw firsthand how influential local government was in the daily lives of Buffalo residents. My interests ranging from international development to local economic policy, I quickly realized that I wanted to spend the rest of my academic career studying public policy.”
What do you hope to gain from the PPRS experience?
“The Public Policy Research Scholars program allows me to integrate policy research into my academic career at Penn. Developing analytical and research skills specific to public policy through PPRS provides a foundational skillset with direct applications to future careers. Furthermore, PPRS offers the unique opportunity to focus on a specific area of policy. Particularly, I am fascinated by healthcare policy, but know little about the intricacies of the American healthcare system. Pursuing the healthcare policy track in PPRS would be an extremely valuable learning experience for me and could potentially shape my future career.”