William chose the Goldman School over programs in international affairs and public administration elsewhere because it offers skills-based learning, particularly in the area of quantitative methods, that is increasingly relevant in the field of international development. He found Berkeley's approach to be more inter-disciplinary and forward-thinking than at other more traditional international affairs programs.
Jael selected the Goldman School because of its pipeline to all levels of government, its proximity to companies at the cutting edge of technology, and its links to other departments on the Berkeley campus that are leaders in technology issues. He was excited to learn from the Goldman School's faculty, with its diverse array of research interests, and to add quantitative skills to his existing legal toolkit
Heidi chose the Goldman School of Public Policy because she wanted to become a policy analyst with both qualitative and quantitative analysis skills. Having the little quantitative background, she felt that the core requirement at GSPP focusing on economics and econometrics analysis methods would give her a good start on building her quantitative analysis skills. GSPP's focus on poverty and inequality spoke to her as she wanted to assist people with the least access to power and prosperity by improving efficiency and effectiveness of government programs.