What inspired you to apply to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
“My involvement in Model United Nations honed my interest in politics, economics, and international relations. These experiences culminated in my decision to take both economics and history to strengthen my interdisciplinary understanding of public policy. Through these courses, I began to ask myself the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ behind what I was learning; I became hungry to identify and understand the implications, effects, and solutions concerning the government, its policies, and its duty to serve its constituents.”
What unique opportunities has the Public Policy Research Scholars program afforded you?
“The community PPRS fosters is unqiue and beneficial. In PPRS, I will be focused on advancing my interest in public policy not only at an academic level, but also through constructive discourse with other research scholars. I value the fact that PPRS comprises students from all four schools, as this means that we will all bring fresh perspectives and challenge each other to think like true policy analysts. Within the PPRS community, high-level critical thinking will become normalized and create an atmosphere of continuous learning and growth.”
What do you want to do in the future?
“If I have one goal in life, it is to advance society, to constantly improve, advocate for each other, and collaborate and listen to one another. In the current international political climate, there is a lack of cooperation because states are placing national interests over the interests of the international community. My mission is to foster an international environment that is focused on tolerance, respect, and collaboration. With PPRS, I hope to hone my public policy analytical skills, both qualitative and quantitative, to evaluate the implications of certain policies and positions. This will provide me with the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish my mission of creating an international community build on trust and cooperation.”