Through PPRS, I hope to “connect the dots” between different opinions and perspectives that all stakeholders have to transcend political gridlock. I want to understand the way that government, businesses, and individuals interact holistically to tailor interdisciplinary approaches for important policy decisions.
Why Public Policy?
I first developed an interest in public policy in high school when I attended California’s Girls State program. When the parties discussed planks regarding issues such as foreign policy and immigration, health care, the environment, gun control, and female reproductive services, I was immediately barraged by strong female figures who debated fiercely over minimum wage or the removal of luxury taxes on feminine hygiene products. Instead of adding my voice into the torrent of opinions, I wanted to truly take in what everybody was saying and find a working solution. I witnessed the frustrations of party tensions in addressing so many different interests and wanted to locate policy impact that would empower the most vulnerable communities while navigating existing systems. Although this was a mock situation, I aspire towards the same goal within the real world.