USC Master of Public Policy Student Experience

USC Master of Public Policy Student Experience

October 21, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


>>Manny Ruiz: Well my passion, I think, is to
serve as a voice for unrepresented communities.>>Hovanes Gasparian: It’s a passion
to help others, to give back. My focus was primarily on education. I came from very poor performing
schools, very poor districts and I didn’t realize that
until I got into college. There’s such a disparity
and that’s been my passion.>>Tim Copeland: My passion
personally would be to get a doctorate in either public health or health policy. I really would like to see some systemic change.>>Thomas DeLorenzo: My passion
is health policy. I want every American to have insurance.>>Emily Ghan: The Price School feeds my
passion for political and civic engagement because it’s not just about what we learn
in the classrooms, it’s about how we engage in the communities around us [background music]. I chose Price because I was
really impressed by how– by the emphasis they put on
constantly improving themselves and constantly making things better
and the student body stronger. The student resources that we have when
people really care about your success and try and engage with you and really maximize your
talents you certainly feel a sense of belonging.>>Angie Jean-Marie: I went to high
school in Montgomery County Maryland. I was surrounded by people with really
really diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. I decided to apply to Price because of the
emphasis that it had on community development, urban planning and I really really saw that
as being really really connected to policy.>>I came to Price because I was
really taken by the curriculum. I felt that Price’s was the strongest
in quantitative course skills.>>Once I got to college I learned that I had a
bigger role to play in terms of what I could do for my family and the community in general. I thought that USC would be the best
place for me to grow professionally but also work directly with
the communities around USC.>>The student community at Price is amazing. It’s really really diverse. People are super passionate and
they’re really really smart.>>Every person that I met had
already done so many amazing things. Whether it be, you know, Peace
Corps or running a non-profit.>>You learn different skills from all of them and it’s been an incredible
professional development.>>Our course content seems at
times to be highly theoretical but somehow the final project, your final
examination always brings it back to practice.>>Definitely policy analysis skills
was something that I wanted to acquire. That’s the main reason why
I wanted to be in MPP.>>With, you know, regression analysis and
all the different techniques that we use for quantitative, you know,
cost benefit analysis.>>We spend lots of money on different
policies on housing policy, on, you know, welfare programs and the point is
to know how effective they are.>>When I’m driving down the freeway and I see
some transportation problems I start thinking to myself how would we study this? What are the policy implications? And this is just me driving to school.>>I can explain to you why a bill isn’t
going to work and I can look at the numbers and just pick it apart because of
all the skills I’ve learned here. I had another internship at
the inner city law center. I had a client there. He couldn’t afford the mattress cover that
you need to be treated properly for bed bugs. Through connections that I had
I was able to change policy. Now the city of West Hollywood
has a fund and a collection of these bed bug mattress covers
available to people with lower incomes. Now this guy is living in a
healthy, bed bug free environment. Changing one person’s life
like that makes my year.>>Impact is, sort of, the tangible differences. How is someone’s life improved? How are things made better for
that next generation of people?>>Impact to me is improving
someone’s healthcare opportunities.>>Being able to produce memos, research papers that tell people what might
be the best solution.>>Being able to see the
results of my work in action. Being able to see measurable change over time.>>Just making some, sort of, tangible
difference in the world around you.>>Finding those areas of common ground and
really building genuine connections with people.>>This is where I belong. [ Background Music ]