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Wyatt Donnelly-Landolt, MPP '15

Name: Wyatt Donnelly-Landolt

Year: Second

Policy Area of Concentration: Education, Children, Social mobility

GSPP Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate School: Stonehill College

Personal History: I am from Red Hook, NY, a couple hours north of NYC. During college, I considered about every major and career path. I landed in psychology and considered getting a PhD until my senior year when I decided I did not enjoy academic research. I joined Teach for America, where I taught High School Physics in Oklahoma City.

What attracted you to GSPP? I liked GSPP because of the excellent faculty and commitment to a strong community.

How did you prepare for the GSPP application and admissions process? I talked to anyone who was willing about what I needed to do to get into schools. Each person offered a different insight that helped me build a strategy for GSPP.

What did you enjoy most during your time at GSPP? PolicyMatters Journal – I made great friends, got a free dinner once a week, and learned so much about writing.

What was your professional background before GSPP and what do you look to do with your degree upon graduation? I taught High School Physics for two years before GSPP. I intend to return to education in some way, possibly in the classroom or in a more policy-oriented position.

What is your favorite thing about being a student in the Bay Area?  The Bay Area is beautiful (when it’s not foggy) and there are endless amounts of outdoor activities.

In your view, what type of person will benefit from a GSPP education? People who desire a supportive learning community will love GSPP. I have never felt any pressure or competition in academics. Also, GSPP does a great job or training analytical thinking, so if this is you or this is who you want to be: GSPP is for you.

What has been your favorite class? I never knew anything about the law before GSPP. The law class was both enjoyable and gave me a basic understanding of the US legal system.

Who is your favorite faculty member? All of them.

What is your best memory from GSPP? I walked into the living (where everyone studies/hangs out/GSPPs central area) and about sixty students were learning economics from a TA.