What department are you a graduate student in?
I am currently with the College of Social Sciences Masters in Applied American Politics and Policy program. I am in my 5th semester and am on track to graduate in Summer 2022.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?
I’ve always loved learning and I am one of those people who love school. I took some time off of school after graduating with my bachelor’s and was taking some online certificate courses here and there through different universities, but I figured it would be best for me to get my master’s so I can continue learning but actually have a degree at the end. I also really love my field and decided I wanted to go a little more in-depth with my education. Of course, there is the added bonus of being able to tell people I’m an expert in my field once I graduate.
Did your interests change throughout your program?
They actually did! When I started the program, I was more interested in the campaign side of politics, but after a few semesters I realized I liked the policy side more, so I started taking classes that focused more on policy and policy analysis.
What do you want to do with your advanced degree?
I’m hoping to become a policy analyst or a legislative liaison for a non-governmental organization or private company. In addition to my Bachelor’s in Political Science, I have a Bachelor’s in IT, so I’m hoping to leverage that knowledge of technology I have and work on technology policy. That being said, I’m also interested in healthcare and environmental policy, so I’m just letting life take me where it wants to take me.
Jamie Graves is a student in the Masters in Applied American Politics and Policy (MAAPP) program. You can learn more about Jamie here.