Hometown: Yantai, Shandong, China
Current City: Washington, DC
Why did you choose McCourt? McCourt is a place where theory meets practice. Located in the capital of the USA, both Georgetown and the McCourt School of Public Policy can provide us with tremendous opportunities for case study and first-hand materials on policy-making. I have always believed that applying knowledge is much more important than knowledge itself and perhaps this is the reason why McCourt attracts me most. It's great to be a member of the McCourt Family!
What professional/ work experience did you have prior to coming to McCourt? During my undergraduate studies, I have participated in a Government Planning of Rural Revitalization program. Beginning with simple work including summarizing materials of local government, regional coordinated development, and demonstration area, I gradually dug deeper into the policy area by conducting on-site visits, making interviews and finally completed the planning document for the development of a village and the district. At the same time, I am also eager to devote myself to volunteering. It's a pleasure to see what I did can actually make a difference.
What has been the best part of your experience so far? Here, I meet distinguished professors and receive their kind guidance. Their love and passion for work and academic life has always been an inspiration to me. In the meanwhile, it is awesome to meet and collaborate with students coming from different background all over the world as we learn from each other. The McCourt School equips us with both qualitative and quantitative skills, although courses are a bit challenging for me (with little quantitative background), I think it's worthwhile pushing myself a little bit forward.
Student organization involvement while at McCourt: East Asia Policy Association (EAPA)
Undergraduate University, degree, and major: Shandong Technology and Business University, Public Administration
Professional interests: Public Crisis Management
Hobbies: Travelling; Hanging out for delicious restaurants; Chinese zither; Chinese Calligraphy