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The Ultimate Investment

Sep 23, 2014
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Karli Bryant, MPA '16

You mean to tell me that I have unlimited access to every alumni that has graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School?  I have a team in the Career Services Office who actually wants to meet with me and help me with my career path? And I get to take all these classes and have access to all these resources? Yes! Yes! And Yes! 

While applying to the Woo, I can say that I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I knew there were amazing faculty and professors at the forefront of policy research along with a great cohort of students.  What I didn’t know was that I would have access to work and engage with these professors on a daily basis.  Unlike other large policy schools, the Woo, because of its small size, definitely has its perks when it comes to getting to know faculty and even alumni on a name-to-name basis. 

Within the first week of being at the Woo, Ann Corwin, director of graduate career services and alumni relations, met with me to find the perfect placement for the summer internship between my first and second year in the MPA program.  While I was overwhelmed by the ambitious approach at first, I am extremely thankful for Ann’s commitment to her students.  She is fully invested into the lives of each of the students that pass through the program and continues to keep in contact with alumni in order to support current students.

If you still aren’t convinced by the Woo’s investment in time and resources, then I know you will be impressed by the Woo’s financial investment.  Most schools tell you that the experience and networks you create in graduate school are priceless.  While this may be the case, the Woodrow Wilson School offers their graduate students generous financial aid, so that most students graduate debt free, giving them the ability to pursue careers in public service.   I may not be an economist, but I know that coming to the Woo is one of the best investments that you will ever make in your life.   The Woo is ready to invest in you… All you have to do is take the next step and apply. 


Karli Bryant Bio:

Born and raised in Stafford, Virginia, Karli recently graduated with honors from Virginia Tech with a degree in international studies and minors in French, religion, and international trade and development. Excited about her new life at the Woo, Karli is looking forward to studying development policies and their linkage with human trafficking.


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