Hometown: Montpelier, Vermont
Areas of Interest: Policy Communications, Voting and Elections Policy, Information Gap Between Policymakers and Public
Why have you chosen McCourt? I'm a Georgetown graduate, university staff member and D.C. resident, so it's fair to say that McCourt had a bit of an advantage going into the process. But I was confident McCourt was the right choice for more than just familiarity's sake: I wanted rigorous training in the quantitative aspects of public policy, and McCourt pulls no punches in that department. I'll also note that the Institute of Politics and Public Service (which all students can access, but is housed within McCourt) doubled down on one of the biggest benefits of Georgetown: learning from people who have recent, real-life experience in government.
What's the best part of your experience so far? I've been impressed by the ability of some of my McCourt professors to make topics that sound dry on the surface — regression methods or public management, for example — into fascinating and engaging courses, even for students who don't have strong backgrounds in the subject matter.
Undergraduate Degree and University: I graduated from Georgetown University in 2014 with a B.A. in government and minors in journalism and psychology.
Hobbies / Interests: I'm a big sports fan — mostly basketball and football, though I make sure to visit Nationals Park a few times every summer. I like reading about history and science, writing about anything, watching Jeopardy!, drinking good beer and winning bar trivia. And as you've probably figured out by the rest of my answers, I follow politics and policy news very closely.