I truly believe that all the benefits that come with being a PPRS will be of value to me throughout the rest of my educational and professional career. By learning how to apply various tools to the practical, real-life questions about public policy, I will be much more prepared to recognize and help address the social injustices of our country. Regardless of what career path I eventually choose, being a PPRS will prove to be an asset to me both as a scholar and as a citizen fighting against the various injustices of our country through the efficient analysis and implementation of public policy.
Why Public Policy?
My interest in public policy has grown alongside my interest in law and social justice for the past three years. During the summer before my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to intern at the Baltimore City Circuit Court. I spent the majority of my time at the Juvenile court, where I observed many of the flaws within our carceral system that I had only previously read about. For example, I saw the same children return to court time and time again, and saw parents being transported from prison so that they could see their child’s trial– in handcuffs and belly chains. I was heartbroken to learn that many of these children felt more at home at juvenile detention than outside on the streets, because most of their family was already inside. This experience was eye-opening for me and pushed me to wonder how and why our justice system had become so flawed.