Jane Lee '13 •
"Once I began my service with City Year I realized I wanted to get to work on
influencing policy as soon as possible."
I decided to serve with City Year because I wanted to have
some hands-on action in social change. In my college classes, I became educated
about the issues that exist in education today and I wanted to be a part of
solving those issues. I also saw it as an opportunity to further explore what
exactly I want to do and experience something different – a different city, a
different workplace, and a brand new group of friends.
The skills that I learned during City Year relate to the relationships I had with my students. I learned how to be a better listener and a
patient tutor. I also learned
how to compromise my own personal wants (like more sleep, privacy, not feeling
goofy) for the greater good of my team and my students.
I always knew that I wanted to pursue a master's degree at some
point in my life, I just didn’t expect to return to school right after my year of service. However, once I began my service with City Year I realized I wanted to get to work on
influencing policy as soon as possible. I became interested in a Master's of Public Policy after doing some research on different graduate
degrees. When I was informed about City Year's give a year partnerships, I only applied to schools on that list, including Bloustein.
I love the Master of Public Policy program at Bloustein.
It’s a comprehensive program that will allow you to graduate with a well-rounded background of knowledge, including economics, research methods,
and management. These skills are essential in understanding many of the policy
issues at all levels – local, state, and federal. Not only is the degree
program challenging and stimulating, but the staff at the school is superb.
They are dedicated to giving their students the best possible experience and
they encouraged us to be proactive about our education and activities. There is
also a great community of students that have become my second family. Not to
mention, New Brunswick is a wonderful little city that keeps adding new restaurants
and nightlife. Its proximity to the state capitol, New York City, Philadelphia,
and the beach also can’t be beat.
After I complete my Master of Public Policy degree, I plan
on working at a government agency in Washington, D.C. I hope to get some good
career experience for a few years in D.C. and then possibly move back to the
New York metropolitan area. I’m excited to put my skills to use in public
My advice to alumni planning to apply to this program is first of all, do it! Apply, and if you get accepted, attend!
Look at the professors and their interests. Look at the current class
schedules to see if there is a particular professor, class, or concentration that
interests you and contact those professors. Get the conversation going and get
I also would recommend going to the Open House in the spring
as you will meet and get to know many of your future classmates, the Bloustein
staff, and professors even sooner. I know I reference that day a lot still when
reminiscing about the past two years.
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