What do you hope to gain from the PPRS experience?
“Coming from a rural, underserved public high school in North Carolina, I didn’t have access to many courses, programs, or educational opportunities during my K-12 education. Now that I’m at Penn, I strive to take advantage of each opportunity available to me. During my time with PPRS, I hope to gain an opportunity to critically examine and discuss policy in a smaller group setting (as opposed to lectures), a new circle of peers that can push and challenge me, and a chance to navigate areas of policy where I feel I can personally make a difference. The PPRS program will permit me the opportunity to take personal initiative in researching and examining policy, ultimately paving the way for me to take action in advocating for beneficial policy changes.”
What inspired you to apply to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
“Though I have not officially declared, I intend to major in PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics). The PPRS program closely aligns with my intended course of study and will supplement my education at Penn by providing an additional avenue to explore the world of policymaking alongside peers who are equally as passionate about public policy. Following my undergraduate education, I intend to either pursue a Master’s in Economics and Public Policy, a Juris Doctor, or both. The PPRS program will enable me to further engage my course of study by developing a specific policy track and helping me critically examine policy and its implications, and an especially in depth examination of policy through the capstone project.”