Melissa Durkin

Expected MPA 2018

Melissa joined UConn Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in Fall 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from UConn. She found out about the program at one of her undergraduate classes. After a comprehensive research on her options, Melissa decided to further her education and career with an MPA degree from UConn.

Melissa is currently a Graduate Assistant in the program because of her academic background in family and gender studies and strong research ability. After entering the program, she finds time management to be an important skill to have in order to maintain a work-life balance. Melissa finds economics to be a bit challenging but is glad that she can apply some of the theories she learned in class to real life. After her graduation, she would like to join the state legislative team and influence policy making. In her free time, Melissa enjoys hiking because she loves being close to nature.

Her advice to incoming students is to research the programs that the UConn Department of Public Policy has to offer, because it can help them familiarize themselves with the school and learn about the resources and tools available to them. She thinks it is a good idea to reach out to professors and faculty members for advice and expertise before starting the program. Melissa also encourages undergraduate students to take full advantage of the Fast-Track program as it gives them opportunities to earn related work experience and a graduate degree within a year after college graduation.

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