What’s your favorite thing about Batten?
- The professors are helpful, nice, and interesting. I like how there is a great closeness in Batten between professors and students.
- The wide range of social and educational events provided by the school to make us feel welcome and become more well-rounded.
- My classmates; we have such a good time together, and it makes late work nights so much better.
- Frank the Fish, because I think he represents our character, sense of humor, and charming nature as a school!
What was the most unexpected thing about coming to Batten?
- How unique everyone’s backgrounds, experiences, and policy interests are.
- The math. I didn’t expect so much math.
- The dedication of the students and how our class clicks.
- How difficult the economics class would be.
- I really did not anticipate what a huge difference there is between graduate and undergraduate work.
- How much fun my classes would be!
Why did you choose the Batten School?
- Wanted to become more proficient in policy analysis and gain skills I wouldn’t get in my undergraduate major.
- Strong desire to help others.
- So I can become the future President of the United States
- Not only prepares me for a career in public policy, but also gives me the tools to figure out what kind of a career in public policy I’m interested in
- The excellent admissions event made me realize it was a great, growing program.
What or where is your dream internship/job?
- The World Bank working on development issues.
- Capitol Hill working on science policy issues.
- A start-up political campaign as a policy analyst/strategist.
- Working for an NGO like Women for Women International.
- U.S. State Department or a DC-based think tank.
If you could create a new Batten elective, what would it be?
- The role of technology in shaping public policy.
- “Running a Political Campaign”
- Healthcare policy.
- “Developing and Debunking Arguments”
- Credits for research positions with a professors.
Describe the Batten School in three words.
- Helpful, professional, brave.
- Young, enthusiastic, supportive.
- Positive, driven, exciting.
- Energized, growing, ambitious.
- Pretty freakin’ awesome.
- Thoughtful, resourceful, empowering.
Describe your class in three words.
- Epic, diverse, interesting.
- Talented, caring, engaged
- United, excited, inspiring.
- Harry Potter Experts.
- Funny, intelligent, wild
- Passionate, dedicated, brilliant.
- Loud, determined, silly.
Post compiled by Aaron Chafetz (Acc. ’13) and Mary Drach