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Student Profile: Max Raphelson

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 5.27.49 PM (1).pngMax Raphelson, a first year Master of Public Policy student, is interested in sustainability, environmental policy and healthcare. Max is a ‘linked’ student, or a fourth-year undergraduate student, in the MPP program; he is majoring in political science with minors in environmental studies and the environment and health.

Max is seeking a degree in public policy because he desires to help others. He hopes to improve his data analysis and research skills to become an effective policymaker for his community. Max is most looking forward to working with the professors of the MPP program and meeting his new cohort.

Max dreams about moving to the Pacific Northwest after graduation and working in Portland or Seattle. He loves spending time in nature, hiking, and fly fishing, explaining “when I am not at school I love to be outside, whether that is wading through a river or simply sitting on a porch with friends.”

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Student Profile: Lauren Lahie

Lauren Lahie.jpgLauren Lahie, a first year Master of Public Policy student, spent her past summer interning with Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, through the Michigan State University InnovateGov program.In her role as a digital media consultant, Lauren updated the organization’s website and monitored their social media accounts.

Interning at a nonprofit taught Lauren about the large impact nonprofits can have on a community. She explained that “by interacting with members of the community we helped, I was able to find out the areas that needed improvement, and understand that policy can be an effective way to make positive change.”

Lauren advises future interns to not be afraid asking for help or advice from more experienced staff members. In her experience, “the people working with you are very valuable resources” and most will be eager to help you. She also recommends getting to know your supervisor and building connections for the future.

Lauren first became interested in public policy as an undergraduate student, and is particularly interested in researching the impact policies have on different subsets of the population. Lauren specializes in social justice policy, and plans to work as a political consultant in Washington D.C. after graduation.

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Student Profile: Ming Wu

ming-wu.jpgMing Wu, a second year Master of Public Policy student, is interested in public policy because she desires to solve societal problems. She is particularly interested in quantitative analysis  and using data to better understand political issues. Ming is focused on education, health, and environmental policy. She hopes to one day work for a government institution or a NGO.

Ming, an international student from China, described herself as initially feeling a little afraid before coming to Michigan and entering the MPP program because she didn’t know what to expect. Ming now feels at home, positively describing all the people in the MPP program as being helpful: “the professors, the classmates, staff, everyone is kind.” Her favorite class in the program has been PPL 801, Quantitative Analysis, with Professor Marty Jordan.

In the future, Ming hopes to live in Hangzhou, China, where she was born and where her family currently resides. Ming describes Hangzhou as the most beautiful and comfortable city she’s ever visited. Ming enjoys traveling, and has been to over ten countries, with California being her favorite destination.

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Student Profile: Jeremiah Grant

jerry-grant.jpgJeremiah Grant, a first year MPP student, is passionate about enacting lasting change in underprivileged communities through public policy. Jeremiah, who goes by the nicknames of Jerry or JG, entered into the Master of Public Policy program at MSU this past fall because he believes there is a need for more efficient policymaking in underprivileged areas in the City of Detroit, as well as around the United States.

After graduation, Jerry is interested in pursuing a career in lobbying. He would like to live in Washington, D.C. and Durban, South Africa. Jerry explains, “Washington D.C. is the best place to be to enact the most change,” and that “Durban, South Africa is the most beautiful place I have been in my life, and I have made friends there that I will have for eternity, and the beach is amazing there!”

In the MPP program, Jerry is most looking forward to interacting with his diverse cohort and learning from everyone’s unique life experiences; he is especially curious in how policies have affected his fellow students and their families. Jerry is excited to learn new ways to approach old issues to enact greater positive change.

Outside of public policy, Jerry enjoys running, reading, fishing, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

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Goodman Scholarship: Lauren Lahie

Lauren Lahie, a first year Master of Public Policy student, was recently awarded the George and Judith Goodman Scholarship by the Michigan Municipal League Foundation.

The Goodman scholarship aims to create a pipeline of qualified individuals by encouraging careers in public service. This scholarship is awarded every November to a Michigan high school or college student pursuing a career in local government with a public policy or public administration degree and is intended to be used for tuition and fees related to pursuing a degree. The scholarship is funded in recognition of George Goodman, who had a long career in public service; he served 22 years as the Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League. 

Lauren Lahie plans to pursue a career as a political consultant in local government after graduation. She explains, “The funds from this scholarship give me the opportunity to continue moving towards that goal worry-free.” Lauren encourages other students to apply for all scholarships – especially ones funded by an organization with goals or a mission that you personally believe in. 

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Student Profile: Josiah Bear

Josiah Bear, a first year Master of Public Policy student, entered into the public policy field this past fall with a strong desire to help people who are struggling. Josiah is interested in family policy and individual rights, and hopes to eventually work with families through the Department of Human Services or a similar agency. 

This past spring, Josiah worked as a coordinator for the 4-H Capitol Experience program through Michigan State University Extension. He originally became involved with the program when he was a participant in high school. The 4-H Capitol Experience program brings 100 high-school students to Lansing to learn about policy, civil engagement, and leadership. In his role as coordinator, Josiah scheduled visits with legislators, state agencies, community partners, and lobbyists around Michigan to speak with the group, and even organized a mock House and Senate simulation to help the students understand how government functions day-to-day. This internship confirmed Josiah’s passion for policy and working with youth. 

Josiah believes that networking and building strong relationships is key to a successful career in policy and also notes “honesty and dedication do not go unnoticed.” In his free time, Josiah enjoys spending time with his family, and working on his family farm and Land Rovers.

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Student Profile: Hannah Sweeney

sweeney2018-175x250Hannah Sweeney, a first year Master of Public Policy student, is seeking a degree in public policy because she views policy as a course of action to find solutions to problems in society. Hannah is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of policy issues in the MPP program and getting the opportunity to delve more in-depth for the issues she cares about. Her policy interests are on economic development, education, and women’s issues.

Over the summer, Hannah interned in the Michigan House of Representatives and worked on various campaigns, including a gubernatorial race. She was also a Legislative Fellow, where she researched policy and assisted in a draft for a paid family leave bill proposal. Hannah believes each opportunity helped her expand her knowledge on the political process and contributed to her understanding of how policy is deeply intertwined with everyday lives.

Hannah hopes to work for a research or consulting firm upon graduation. She plans to live in either Michigan, to help alleviate some of the state’s pressing problems, or in a major policy hub, such as Washington D.C. Hannah advises others to not be afraid to try something new because it could lead to exciting new academic or professional opportunities.