Hi everyone! Hope the holiday season is treating you all well! I was wondering if any of you could give me any feedback/thoughts on my candidacy for the 2 programs to which I have applied. My dream school is Georgetown (went there for undergrad and loved it). I was originally interested in medicine, but after a lot of self-reflection and conversations with mentors and peers, I'm hoping to go the policy route instead.
Please let me know what you think!
Program: MPP or MPH with health policy focus
Schools being considered: Georgetown McCourt (MPP), GWU Milken Institute (MPH)
Career goals: Health/education/immigration policy issues as they relate to minority/immigrant communities. Want to develop a quantitative background that will make me competitive in the private sector as well.
Undergrad Institution: Georgetown University
Major: Neurobiology & Studio Art double-major
GRE score: 165 V/ 159 Q/5.5 W
Years since undergrad: 1
Work experience: Current research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, current policy blogger for national org, internships at health policy think tank & immigration reform orgs during college, co-president of health policy journal in college, HIV/AIDS clinic volunteer
Coursework: Calculus II, Probability & Statistics
Language skills: English, Spanish, Cantonese
Overseas experience (work, study and teaching): Received grants to conduct independent research abroad in Berlin, Germany; interviewed local curators, museum directors, and artists on the role of gentrification in the art community in Berlin
Statement of Purpose: Strong, connected my discovery that my mother spent two years as an undocumented immigrant to my subsequent explorations and interest in health, immigration, and education policy
Letters of Recommendation:
1) Undergrad Bio professor & advisor
2) Diversity staff coordinator @ Georgetown who has mentored me the past few years
3) Supervisor @ previous health policy internship
Not sure if my double-major will make me stand out in a good or bad way. Lack of econ experience, but hoping that my Neuro major reflects that I do have the quant/analytical abilities needed. Trying to gauge the competitive-ness of my GPA/GRE. Hoping that my SoP is memorable and strong enough.