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Jasmine Laroche, MPP '16

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.

What have you enjoyed most during your time at GSPP?  I've really enjoyed the comradery of GSPP. Everyone is very supportive and collaborative which makes the learning experience enjoyable and memorable. 

What is your favorite thing about being a student in the Bay Area? I love the temperate weather, the abundance of trails for hiking, and the amazing food! There is nothing better than being able to go to one of the top schools in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. 

In your view, what type of person will benefit from a GSPP education? I think someone who is interested in acquiring quantitative skills, but isn’t necessarily an expert, will benefit from the rigorous curriculum. 

What has been your favorite class? My favorite class was PP210A The Economics of Public Policy Analysis. Steven Raphael is an amazing teacher and makes economics a fun subject to study!

Who is your favorite faculty member? Rucker Johnson.

What is your best memory from GSPP? My favorite memory is when my classmates and I came together after our Econ final to shoot our own version of the Harlem Shake. I will definitely never forget that.