The Road to Fels

By TJ Hurst, MPA '14 Some of my earliest memories of injustice go back to my early childhood in Mississippi. Although I was fortunate enough to attend an excellent and integrated public school (which Mississippi isn't exactly known for), I sensed racial inequalities at a young age. My innovative teachers helped instill within me a sense of civic responsibility, which led me to believe I wanted to...
By Jamie Gwynn, MPA '13 The long road to Fels began when I was 16 years old and witnessed Wilkes-Barre, PA’s new mayor unveiling his “I Believe” campaign to much excitement.  The campaign encouraged a new attitude in my city, one away from the corruption that has plagued its history. I’ll never forget how many people seemed hopeful their lives could be positively impacted by just one person...
By Jaclyn Clevenger, Fels Admissions Coordinator The most wonderful time of year is finally upon us! No, I don't mean the holidays, but the other most exciting aspect of this time of year: application season! Right now, thousands of prospective graduate students around the world are taking the GRE's, finalizing their personal statements, and scrambling to find that one last supervisor or former...
By Matt Bassett, MPA '14. In a way, I started gravitating towards government before I was finished with my undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins. I spent a significant amount of time (perhaps to the detriment of my studies) running calls with the campus volunteer rescue squad. I became a supervisor, and then a member of the Board of Directors, setting up training exercises and holding disaster...
By John Bova, Fels MPA '13 My undergraduate coursework at the University of Texas at Austin included an immersive experience abroad, during which time I started to peel back the layers of a childhood spent in Suburbia, USA. A strong desire to blend in with my exotic surroundings cultivated itself into a mixed bag of cross-cultural competencies. The adaptable, resourceful person I was becoming as...
Allyson Davis, Executive MPA '12 Growing up in Philadelphia—the birthplace of democracy—cultivated my passion for history, government and public service.  As a student in the Philadelphia public schools, I saw firsthand the challenging conditions, the racial tensions, and the other fault lines of social inequality.  Wanting to learn more to help make sense of my experience, I attended...
By Matthew Closter, Fels MGA '10 student I decided to apply to graduate school after working for two years with an international volunteer organization in Houston.  I loved the organization I was working for, but in order to develop additional skills, seek new challenges, and explore my career interests, I wanted a graduate degree.  Throughout my third and final year with the...
By: Melissa Field, 2nd year, full-time MGA  student I was a high school student when the Good Friday Agreement passed and I read the announcement in awe.  This is the place, I thought.  Northern Ireland is the place where peace is possible.  We all have our moments.  Moments that pull us, moments that make us want to be better, to try harder.  Something about the...
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The most practical and personal program in public management in the Ivy League. At Penn's Fels Institute of Government, we've been educating students committed to making a difference in the world for 75 years.  Our approach is distinctive--our  small size and unique setting make the Fels program incredibly personal, and our practice-based curriculum, taught by practitioners and some of...
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