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Student Spotlight: Maggie Haight, MPA '13

Apr 17, 2013
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Maggie Haight

As part of our weekly Student Spotlight series, we sat down with current student Maggie Haight and asked five questions about her life prior, during, and after attending the Woodrow Wilson School. 

What distinguishes WWS from other schools to you?

I think WWS offers an amazing array of opportunities that really set it apart from the other options out there. First, it has one of the smallest incoming class sizes, so you get to know your classmates and professors well. Rest assured that they have all had amazing experiences prior to coming to Princeton, so there is a lot to learn. Coming from a large undergraduate institution, this was a welcome change. WWS also provides a wide variety of classes so its possible to gain exposure to a number of policy areas in two short years. And finally, one of the best parts about the WWS is the access to the excellent career services department and network of Princeton alumni. I don’t think I would have been afforded the opportunities I’ve had without them.

What are your academic interests, and how do they relate to the work you want to do?

I am interested in the intersection of housing markets, urban planning and finance. I was an economics major in college and then worked at a non-profit affordable housing developer before coming to the WWS. For my summer internship, I worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY researching the effects of a changing regional demography on bank regulatory requirements

What are your plans for after you graduate?

After growing up in the Mini-Apple (Minneapolis, MN) I’m really excited to try life in the Big Apple. I’ll be returning to the FRBNY’s rotational leadership program in the financial institution supervision group and hope to continue working on housing finance issues.

What has been your favorite course so far and why?

This is a tough decision because I’ve gotten different things out of each of my classes. I’ll go with two favorites, both of which have given me practical tools for relevant policy settings. Risk Analysis taught me how to analyze different aspects of decision making under uncertainty using real world examples. After I graduate, I’ll be joining the Financial Institution Supervision group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, so it was fun to apply what I learned in class to a final project analyzing uncertainties surrounding the government’s ”Too Big To Fail” policy. Public Private Partnerships exposed me to the components of actual PPP deals and what to look out for as a policy maker when developing projects. This was applicable to my Urban Policy and Planning concentration.

When I relax at Princeton, I like to:

Trying to maintain some semblance of work life balance at Princeton is really important. One of my favorite relaxation activities has been going out to dinner with friends, having great conversations and laughs, and the fact that 90 percent of the restaurants in Princeton are BYOB, which helps stretch your student stipend. Intramural sports are another great way to put down the reading, pick up a broomball stick (as I did for the first time this year), and get to know your friends outside of the classroom. Luckily, there are always lots of fun social events going around campus (or at the D Bar).