Expected MPA 2018
Tyla joined UCONN MPA program in Fall 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from UCONN. Before UCONN, she attended Quinebaug Valley Community College and worked as a legislative intern for the State of Connecticut. During her time interning at the state capitol, she met the program director of UCONN Department of Public Policy and learned about the program. After a comprehensive research on alternative options, she decided to further her education and career with an MPA degree from UCONN.
Tyla is currently a Graduate Assistant in the program because of her academic background in political science and strong research ability. She finds economics to be a challenging subject because it does not relate to her undergraduate background. However, she is a hard worker and thinks asking a lot of questions and utilizing the resources provided by the university will help her get through the challenges. She also considers time management skills to be crucial to a having a work-life balance in graduate school. Her advice to incoming students is to take full advantage of the fast-track program as it gives students opportunities to earn related work experience and a Master’s degree within a year after college graduation.
After her graduation from the program Tyla wants to join a non-partisan organization and influence policies that affect women and minorities. Outside of her professional life, Tyla is a new passionate power-lifter and recently competed in her first power lifting competition.