|National Service Scholar Shannon Ritchie|
Shannon Ritchie, Headquarters Staff ‘08-‘10 • Duke University - The Sanford School of Public Policy '12
Motivated in large part by her City Year coworkers, Ritchie witnessed the way many of her mentors in the organization led change and managed challenges. Through these experiences, her pursuit for higher knowledge began.
"While I was at City Year I appreciated the way people with MPP or MPA degrees approached issues and I wanted to have the experience, awareness and skillset that they possessed. I have always been passionate about education innovation, but upon completion of my degree program, I'll also have the tools to approach the issue head-on”.
At The Sanford School of Public Policy, there is an air of passion embodied by all the 60 students who are in Ritchie's class year; who demonstrate their commitment to service in a variety of unique ways. She describes the school as being a perfect environment for a City Year graduate – "Sanford has a variety of coursework and extracurricular activities that cater to civically engaged students. For example, there are course offerings through the Fuqua School of Business on social entrepreneurship and plenty of service opportunities in the Durham community.”
Ritchie is spending her summer as the Policy Intern at MetaMetrics Inc. working on education technology to address summer learning loss. Ritchie's future plans are undecided, but after her time at City Year and Sanford, returning to a mission-driven nonprofit organization is a must.
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