Name: Jasmine Laroche
Year: First Year
Policy Area of Concentration: Social Policy/Education Policy
GSPP Graduation Year: 2016
Undergraduate School: University of Pittsburgh
Personal History: I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 with a BA in Political Science. Post graduation, I worked for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, a non-profit organization, as a Program Coordinator serving low-income students of high academic achievement. My experience working with low-income students and volunteering as a mentor for at-risk youth is what piqued my interest in shaping policies that improve the quality of life for low-income, at-risk youth. My hope is to work for organizations providing wrap around services to ensure that low-income youth have greater access to a quality education, sustainable community, and a healthier at-home family environment.
What attracted you to GSPP? The esteemed reputation, quality education, and quantitative analytical skills are what attracted me to GSPP.
How did you prepare for the GSPP application and admissions process? I took my time to research the school to ensure that it had my policy area of concentration and faculty that aligned with my interest. I also made sure to give myself enough time to take the GRE at least twice, and I really made an effort to ensure that my statement of purpose was a narrative of who I am, why I’m interested in GSPP, and why I believe my experiences fit what GSPP is looking for.