MPP '21 (evening program)
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Why have you chosen McCourt? My decision to apply to McCourt was quite simple: there is no better place to think about global issues with ethical implications than Georgetown, and there is no better place to study public policy than Washington, DC. Animated by our Jesuit values, a Georgetown degree denotes a lifetime commitment to the pursuit of justice and the common good. A degree in a public policy is a credential that can open many doors in Washington, and one from the McCourt School of Public Policy is more than just a career credential—it is a call to go out and use the analytical skills that we learn to improve policy and make the world a better place.
What's the best part of your experience so far? Without a doubt it has been the faculty and the teaching assistants. The quantitative emphasis within the core can seem daunting, but my first year professors have been exceptional in their teaching. While any course in Statistics and Economics will require a knowledge of formulas and proofs, my professors have helped me move beyond the mathematical foundation to understand the transferable intuition and real-world applications of these subjects.
What internships have you had so far during your time at McCourt? As an evening student, I have spent the last three years continuing to work at my day job as a member of Georgetown University's Office of Advancement. As a member of our Strategic Initiatives team, I help to prepare fundraising documents based on the priorities set by university leaders, including Dean Cancian. It is a pleasure to help advance the mission of Georgetown and spread the word about some of the university's most inspiring and impactful work.
Student organization involvement while at McCourt: I served as the Evening Program Representative for the McCourt Student Association (MSA), helping to create meaningful community across our three cohorts.
Undergraduate Degree and University: International Political Economy from Georgetown University with a Certificate in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs
Hobbies / Interests: When I am not working on grad school or my full-time job, I enjoy reading— I just launched a book club with my friends, going to performances at the Kennedy Center, and watching Georgetown return to glory on the basketball court.