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Which Academic Program is Right for You?

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds with many different interests. Read below to learn more about these Humphrey student's experiences, interests, and more. Please reach out to them directly with any questions you might have. They want to meet you!

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    Rachel Anderson | MPP - Public and Nonprofit Management

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    Hometown: Edina, MN
    Email: and03134@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: International Relations, Tufts University

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because… I became interested in public affairs after working on the policy research staff for a gubernatorial campaign. I am particularly interested in local government.

    Humphrey’s programs are unique compared to other schools I was considering because… the level of engagement is much higher - there are many more opportunities to develop practical skills and work on real-life issues. Also, my goal is to stay in Minnesota after graduation, and I have already seen the impact of the Humphrey's reputation around the Twin Cities. Almost everywhere I go, I find a Humphrey graduate!

    My greatest success as a student here has been… working as a graduate assistant at the Hennepin University Partnership (in CURA). In the short time I have been working there, I have seen how the skills that I am learning are applied in the real world.

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is… the people and the parks - and don't forget the lakes!

    The impact I hope to make is… I want government to make sense and be respectful. Politics are inevitable, but I like to approach discussions with the mindset that everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I can respectfully disagree - or maybe I'll gain insight that will change my way of thinking.

    One thing I’d say to students considering the Humphrey School is…I can't emphasize enough how wonderful the faculty and staff are - they are really knowledgeable about their fields and about how students can apply course concepts to the real world.

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    Akua Asare | MPP - Program Evaluation

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    Hometown: Madison, WI
    Email: asare004@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Global Studies/Management & Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    I live in…Uptown. There is a great mix of 20-30 somethings, cool restaurants, venues, shops, houses, and it’s near two lakes! It's also really easy to get to campus and downtown from Uptown/Whittier.

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is…the Twin Cities is a really great place to be in terms of policy and business. If you're interested in education policy, Minnesota is the most friendly charter school state. If you're interested in nonprofits, the Bush Foundation is located here as well as a number of other great foundations and nonprofits.

    My favorite things to do in the Twin Cities are...I am from Wisconsin, so Minnesota isn't too much of a stretch. I love all of the lakes and outdoor activities that are available in the spring/summer. If you're a winter person, there are some fun activities, too, like free ice skating, skiing, and ice fishing. I also love the variety of restaurants available within a few miles of my neighborhood.

    After graduation, I plan to…work as an evaluator. I am keen to work for a private corporation in their community giving/charity programs.

    One thing I’d say to students considering the Humphrey School is…really know what you're after as it will guide your course selection and interactions with people within the Humphrey community and outside. You will want to use the two years as best as possible!

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    Eslam Badawy | MPP - Advanced Policy Analysis

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    Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
    Email: badaw006@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Agricultural Science, Cairo University

    Before attending the Humphrey School, I was...working as a bio-security officer at the Egyptian government for six years. Afterwards, I did a master's degree in Agribusiness Management at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because…during my research on universities’ public affairs programs, I found that the Humphrey School’s Master of Public Policy is a multidisciplinary program integrating policy analysis and making, economic development, public management, as well as politics and global studies.

    The learning environment at Humphrey is…quite diverse and welcoming for students from different cultures and backgrounds.

    My favorite things to do in the Twin Cities are...to exercise at the amazing wellness and recreation facilities of the UMN. I also go for fishing in the summer. Do you know that Minnesota has 10,000 lakes?!

    After graduation, I plan to…deepen my theoretical knowledge of public affairs and go a step further with my graduate studies through a Ph.D degree at the Humphrey School in the field of development planning and public governance.

    The impact I hope to make is…upon finishing my studies, I will return to my home country, Egypt. I will use my knowledge to contribute to the creation of economic development strategies that empower the poor and address the multiple dimensions of poverty in Egypt. I will also endeavor to invest my education in addressing the institutional reform challenges and improving the performance of the public agencies in Egypt.

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    Richie Barta | MPP - Global Policy

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    Hometown: Eagan, MN
    Email: bart0708@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: History + Global Studies, University of Minnesota

    My internship is...currently with a human rights non-profit working on Public Relations and Development. I applied and interviewed for an internship and fellowship in Washington DC for summer 2014 in federal offices.

    Before attending the Humphrey School I was…an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. I also worked in program management within the Department of Recreational Sports at the U of M. My duties included program and employee evaluation and discipline, special event management, programming scheduling, pay-roll, and facilities manager.

    I chose the Humphrey School because…I wanted to continue my education in global policy after my undergraduate degree. I felt my studies were unfinished. The Humphrey School fit all of my needs and I believed an education here would be an excellent opportunity.

    The learning environment at the Humphrey School is…a great learning environment because it blends theory with practice, and professionalism with academia. The faculty and staff want you to succeed and become a better professional and student after graduating.

    The impact I hope to make is…in improving the lives of others. My goal is to look for alternative solutions to large problems that can be alleviated by proper program evaluation.

    One thing I’d say to students considering the Humphrey School is…it is a great school for those interested in scholarship or practicality. The one thing that did throw me for a loop was the amount of quantitative classes MPP students are required to take.

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    Peter Beierwaltes | MPP - Disability/Health Policy

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    Hometown: Grosse Point Park, MI
    Email: beier031@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Political Science & History, Luther College

    My internship will be...Disability Programs Intern with the Minnesota Department of Transportation or Intern at Minnesota State Council on Disability.

    Before attending the Humphrey School, I was... a Research Assistant with the Hypertension and Vascular Research Division at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

    The learning environment at Humphrey is…very open and accessible. While at Humphrey, I have not had any problems with asking the faculty/staff for help, clarification and providing information on classes, course work or direction pertaining to my time at and after school. As for the student body, there is a lot of group work not just inside class, but outside of it as well. They are a very powerful support base, for everyone is trying to help each other succeed. From the faculty to students, help will always be provided with your learning inside of Humphrey.

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is…the amount of contacts that there are, from not only the Humphrey alumni and their connections, but the public affairs community within the cities and the state, that know about the great reputation of the Humphrey School and its students.

    One thing I’d say to students considering the Humphrey School is…if you are willing to get involved and establish relationships, while developing your knowledge of public affairs, this is the place for you. You do not even have to join a student organization to develop relationships and contacts (although I would encourage it), the coursework and activities provided will allow you to learn so much while broadening your friendships, contacts, knowledge and skills in Public Affairs.

    Want to connect and learn more about Peter’s Humphrey experience? Email Peter now.

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    Maggie Airriess | MPP - Early Child Education/Mental Health Policy

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    Hometown: Madison, WI
    Email: airr0001@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Global Studies & Political Science, University of Minnesota

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because… I am interested in connecting areas of the public sector that have remained disengaged. Working at a nonprofit mental health agency, I work with clinicians and providers that struggle to understand important policy issues that affect the work they do and the families they work with. I want to be able to change this relationship by learning more about the policy side of child education issues and how policy makers and clinicians can collaborate more effectively across sectors to make work easier and more effective for the people we serve.

    Humphrey’s programs are unique compared to other schools I was considering because…they allow students to sharpen their skills and interests with classes from all different areas. Unlike most academic institutions, Humphrey doesn't focus on a specific "concentration" or program that you have to take in order to get degree you want, but allows students to choose the classes they want and the path they need to get the skills they will need when they graduate.

    The learning environment at Humphrey is…collaborative, honest, real, non-presumptuous, challenging, and motivating!

    My favorite things to do in the Twin Cities are...making snow angels 7 out of the 12 months a year. Going to music shows. Visiting art museums.

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    Sam Johnson | MPP - Nonprofit Management

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    Hometown: Hutchinson, MN
    Email: john7650@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Philosophy & Music, University of St. Thomas

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because…I wanted to gain skills in Non-profit Management.

    The learning environment at Humphrey is…very warm and encouraging, but hard working as well.

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is…it’s a wonderful music scene and has lots of great things for socially conscious people to be involved in.

    After graduation, I plan to…work in the non-profit sector helping build gardens across the city.

    One thing I’d say to students considering the Humphrey School is…get your work pants on. This school ain't no cake-walk

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    Carly Lykes Frostman | MPP - Social Policy/Advanced Policy Analysis

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    Hometown: Clearwater, FL
    Email: lykes005@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Psychology, University of Minnesota

    Before attending the Humphrey School, I was...working at the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because…I was already working in the public sector, but wanted to learn more and obtain the skills to have a bigger impact.

    Humphrey’s programs are unique compared to other schools I was considering because…Humphrey is a top tier school in the Twin Cities area with a great reputation and network.

    My greatest success as a student here has been…working to get mental health on the agenda and part of the diversity discussion.

    After graduation, I plan to…continue my public service career with the State or Federal government

    Want to connect and learn more about Carly’s Humphrey experience? Email Carly now.

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    Marta Monti | MPP - Food Policy

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    Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
    Email: monti035@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Political Science & Women's Studies, Saint Louis University

    My internship will be...with MN Right To Know, a group working on getting GMO labeling laws passed in Minnesota.

    Before attending the Humphrey School, I was...working as a professional chef.

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because…I knew I wanted to have a greater impact on my community and society, and I saw the Humphrey school as a place where I could make that happen. Because the area that I'm focusing on cannot be contained in one department, I appreciate that I have the flexibility to find the right courses in different departments of the school that compliment what I am learning at the Humphrey. When I was looking around at other policy programs, I noticed that this was not common practice.

    Humphrey’s programs are unique compared to other schools I was considering because…the emphasis on community, social justice, and working for the greater good was what drew me to the Humphrey.

    My greatest success as a student here has been…all of the networking and connections I have made. I have enjoyed all of my classes so far, but the ability to meet people in the fields that I am interested in has truly begun to open doors.

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    Mary Oldham | MPP - Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

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    Hometown: Eddyville, Iowa
    Email: oldha012@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University

    Before attending the Humphrey School, I was...working in Mombasa, Kenya, as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner. I led a project to assist 120 children orphaned by AIDS to succeed in primary, secondary or vocational school. Prior to my work with Maryknoll, I was with Catholic Relief Services in their volunteer program, working with village microfinance groups in Uganda and promoting global solidarity. I also worked with 3M for 10 years in a variety of roles, predominantly in the Los Angeles area.

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because…Humphrey offered the right mix of courses, professors studying topics I am interested in, high quality of education and the flexibility to design my own concentration.

    The learning environment at Humphrey is…a collaborative one. Often classes have group projects, which provide opportunities for you to expand the leadership skills you have and learn from others. You can choose the area you are interested in studying and find others with similar or complimentary interests.

    My favorite Humphrey lecture/discussion/event has been…attending a Humphrey all class reunion as a student. Six Humphrey alumni gave inspiring accounts of their careers and how their time at Humphrey had influenced their perspective in their efforts to serve others. We were told during our orientation about how valuable our network of students would be in our future careers. I've found my fellow students to already be a valuable asset in my learning & network to help me explore my career interests.

    My favorite things to do in the Twin Cities are…exploring, trying new restaurants, looking for the best Thai food and ice cream, and being outdoors.

    Want to connect and learn more about Mary’s Humphrey experience? Email Mary now.

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    Peter Schmitt | MPP/MBA Dual Degree

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    Hometown: Minnetonka, MN
    Email: schm1578@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: German & Environmental Science, Unviersity of Minnesota

    Before attending the Humphrey School, I was...teaching English in the mountains in Austria and teaching German in Bemidji, MN and on the northern reaches of the Mississippi River.

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because…I enjoy working with people and finding ways to creatively improve their lives through policy changes, connecting them with helpful NGOs, and working towards social change.

    Humphrey’s programs are unique compared to other schools I was considering because…we have a great former mayor and vice president on staff! The faculty is so knowledgeable and diverse and has such a great city as a backdrop for case studies. The U in general has so much to offer that everybody can find a program that fits here.

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is…that there are so many opportunities! Everyone thinks of Minnesota as a state simply stuck permanently in winter, but that simply isn't true. We have seasons, which a lot of places don't, and that provides us with so many opportunities to get out and about and fun events.

    The impact I hope to make is…reduce the amount of garbage that we produce and create a more useful resource out of waste.

    One thing I’d say to students considering the Humphrey School is…give Minnesota a chance! Let me show you around and talk to you about how Minnesota is a gem that doesn't get enough attention. People that come here, stay here, and it isn't a mistake.

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    Xiaoyun Shen | MPP – Human Rights Minor

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    Hometown: Shanghai , China
    Email: Shenx390@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: International Economics and Trading

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because...I am interested in working on International human rights development, political repression , torture and ill-treatment in developing countries.

    Humphrey’s programs are unique compared to other schools I was considering because...Humphrey has one of the best human rights center in the U.S and many distinguished professors.

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is...people here are extremely nice and compassionate.  It's a perfect place to study for international students.

    The impact I hope to make is...get people more aware of political repression in developing countries, especially in Asia, and try to promote human rights study and improve ill-treatment and torture situation.

    One thing I’d say to students considering the Humphrey School is...you can receive more than you could ever want here in Humphrey. The faculty, the information and the opportunity are too valuable to miss.

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  • Karen Spitzfaden | MPP/MBA Dual Degree

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    Hometown: Moline, IL
    Email: spitz083@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: History & Women's Studies, Rice University

    I live in...Seward -- close enough to walk to Humphrey every day.

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because…of the emphasis on cross-sector collaboration at Humphrey and in the Twin Cities. I'm pursuing a dual MPP/MBA, and I don't think there is a better place to work in the intersection of the public and private sectors.

    My favorite Humphrey lecture/discussion/event has been...playing on the Humphrey softball team.

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is...access to such a diverse and large group of potential employers -- including well-established private sector organizations, innovative and well-funded nonprofit organizations, and functional public agencies.

    One thing I’d say to students considering the Humphrey School is…don't be afraid to move to the Twin Cities! The cold weather is manageable, the Humphrey community is welcoming, and there are so many opportunities to make a difference in the Twin Cities.

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    Man Xu | MPP - Advanced Policy Analysis

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    Hometown: Huhhot, China
    Email: xuxx0460@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Management, Sichuan University

    My internship was...Intern and Translator for Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, Bellflower Special Fund, Sichuan, and Intern in Marketing Department of Purina, Cargill from May 2010 to Nov 2010.

    The learning environment at Humphrey is…great. We are like a corporate team. I learned so much from my classmate, their experiences and professional knowledge taught me many things.

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is…the University of Minnesota has competitive economics and statistics departments, so I can also take class outside Humphrey School.

    The impact I hope to make is…make international students get the sense that the Humphrey School is not only a public affairs school, but a synthesis agency that broadened and professionalized my interests.

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    Chou Moua | MDP - Master's of Development Practice

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    Hometown: St. Paul, MN
    Email: moua0131@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Political Science, University of Minnesota

    Before attending the Humphrey School, I was... working in non-profits and foundation, grassroots activism.

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because… was interested in helping others and being a part of the decision making process.

    My favorite things to do in the Twin Cities are...go to the Northern Clay Center, where I do a lot of studio pottery.

    One thing I’d say to students considering the Humphrey School is…give Humphrey a try, the staff are very nice and the students are very welcoming.

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    Shruti Saxena | MDP - Master's of Development Practice

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    Hometown: Delhi, India
    Email: saxen032@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Economics, Delhi University

    My internship will be... in Vietnam this summer.

    Before attending the Humphrey School, I was...working with a corporate Foundation in India with a focus on educational and community initiatives.

    Humphrey’s programs are unique compared to other schools I was considering because…it has more flexibility in choosing courses within the MDP program and a facilitated field experience.

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is…it is a friendly and fun place and there is always something interesting happening.

    After graduation, I plan to…hopefully work on education and community-development programs.

    Want to connect and learn more about Shruti’s Humphrey experience? Email Shruti now.

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    Erin Cowles | MS-Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

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    Hometown: Storrs, CT
    Email: cowl0044@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Geography, University of Minnesota

    I live in...the Como neighborhood of Minneapolis.

    Before attending the Humphrey School, I was...serving with the Minnesota Math Corps, an AmeriCorps program. I tutored 4th-8th grade students in math at a local K-8 school.

    Humphrey’s programs are unique compared to other schools I was considering because…I wanted a degree in something related to environmental policy; however, this type of master's degree is often located in colleges dealing with science and engineering, geography, or natural resources. The Humphrey School is unique in that it offers the degree within a public policy school (and a top ranked one at that!).

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is… the variety of events, places, and stuff to do here. Go to the Guthrie or the Orpheum to catch a play. Go to a bar and listen to live music. You can catch NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, and even lacrosse games with just a bus or the light rail, with many having student deals. See art at the Walker or the Minneapolis Institute of Art. There is so much that the Twin Cities area has to offer that I still haven't done, and I've been here for five years.

    One thing I'd say to students considering the Humphrey School is… to not let the fear of cold - or hot! - weather stand in your way of coming here. The Cities are beautiful no matter the weather. Also, the University has a system of tunnels and skyways called the 'Gopher Way' that allows you to walk between many of the buildings without ever having to go outside.

    Want to connect and learn more about Erin’s Humphrey experience? Email Erin now.

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    Charlotte Wood | MS-Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

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    Hometown: Rotorua, New Zealand
    Email: woodx374@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Environmental Science, Oklahoma State University

    Before attending the Humphrey School, I was... attending Oklahoma State University on a soccer scholarship. I got injured early on and that's when I switched my major to environmental science and started putting more of my efforts into the academic side of things.

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because… my visit to the Humphrey made me realize that the school was a great fit for me. The environment here is really welcoming but at the same time offers the challenges needed for development.

    Humphrey’s programs are unique compared to other schools I was considering because… the MS-STEP course offered exactly what I wanted from a master’s degree. It provided the policy skill set I needed to complement my science-based bachelor’s degree while providing enough flexibility to explore the specific subject areas that I'm passionate about.

    The learning environment at Humphrey is… inclusive, challenging, and motivating. For the first time in my studies work doesn't seem like something that has to be done but instead something I want to do.

    One thing I’d say to students considering the Humphrey School is… come and visit if you aren't yet convinced. It's what made the difference for me when I was considering the Humphrey.

    Want to connect and learn more about Charlotte’s Humphrey experience? Email Charlotte now.

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    Drew Ingvalson | Urban + Regional Planning

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    Hometown: Mankato, MN
    Email: ingva023@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Geography & Social Studies Teaching, Gustavus Adolphus College

    My internship will be...at the City of Chanhassen, Planning Department.

    I chose a career in public affairs through an education at Humphrey because…I want to help shape sustainable and equitable communities.

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is…learning about the innovative techniques used in the area. There are fantastic projects being done in the Twin Cities area and the Humphrey School does a great job of connecting students with these projects.

    My favorite things to do in the Twin Cities are...biking, going to sports events, seeing live music shows, jogging around Lake Harriet and dining out at great restaurants.

    The impact I hope to make is…to provide a variety of housing options in the community that I work and also create community pride in the neighborhood that people live.

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    Katrina Nygaard | Urban + Regional Planning

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    Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
    Email: nygaa062@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Geography/Environmental Studies, University of Chicago

    The learning environment at Humphrey is…supportive and engaging. I feel like students here genuinely care about each other and are motivated to work together (even if we complain a lot about group work).

    My favorite Humphrey lecture/discussion/event has been…getting to work on PARKing day where we converted parking spaces in the Kingfield neighborhood into parklets for a day. It was a great way to get out into the neighborhood and a lot of fun! Without Humphrey, I wouldn't have been able to participate.

    My greatest success as a student here has been…finally figuring out how to write a memo and reading responses for Intro to Planning. While it doesn't seem like much, it was a long first month or so trying to figure out the intricacies of how to tackle the questions and convey the material in a way that was appropriate for the course. When I finally started getting it, I felt really proud.

    One thing I’d say to students considering the Humphrey School is…do you feel comfortable here? While there are always ways to improve the educational experience here (and anywhere), the most important thing is to feel like you're in a good space. At Humphrey I can honestly say that I feel that I am both challenged and supported by the faculty and my classmates. This provides an opportunity for me to grow while knowing that I'll have other people to back me up along the way.

    Want to connect and learn more about Katrina’s Humphrey experience? Email Katrina now.

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    John Pierce | Urban + Regional Planning

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    Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
    Email: pierc428@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Architecture, The Catholic University of America

    My internship is…to be determined. I recently returned from a winter break internship in China at a planning institute. The work was focused on design and sustainability.

    The learning environment at Humphrey is…inclusive and flexible.

    The greatest thing about going to school in Twin Cities is…the size. Not too big or small. The summers can't be topped.

    After graduation, I plan to…work in development in the Twin Cities whether private or non-profit.

    The impact I hope to make is…improving the density, vibrancy, and prospects of Twin Cities residents (it's all related!) through smart infill development while also confronting issues of exclusion and accessibility affecting the urban poor.

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    Zachary Zweifler | Urban + Regional Planning

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    Hometown: East Rockaway, NY
    Email: zweif007@umn.edu
    Undergraduate Program: Finance & Economics, University at Buffalo

    Before attending the Humphrey School, I was...working at Alliance to Re-Industrialize for a Sustainable Economy (ARISE) implementing a form of New Urbanism, planned to quadruple the number of jobs on a 35 acre site, create a housing market for over 2000 residents, while allowing nearly half of the site to be dedicated to open space and urban agriculture.

    The learning environment at Humphrey is…truly engaging, where everyone knows each other enough to have an open dialogue about anything from today’s lecture to the headlines to expand our thoughts. Additionally there is a very cooperative comradery among the cohorts where students truly wish to help each other.

    My favorite things to do in the Twin Cities are...ride my bicycle on one of the many trails, see a band downtown, watch the Mississippi from one of the parks along the banks, and ice skate in the winter.

    The impact I hope to make is…to relocalize our economy in a way that creates a truly sustainable (more than carbon) economy allowing for the reinvigoration of our country especially hard depressed areas like the "rust belt".

    Want to connect and learn more about Zachary’s Humphrey experience? Email Zachary now.

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