Rallisa Jones had been out of the academic world for many years before she decided to pursue a master's degree. She dropped by the Department of Government's office to find out more about the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program and left determined to be a part of it.
Growing up in a house where involvement in politics meant voting on Election Day and reading the paper the next day to see who won, I always knew one day I would become more involved. After changing my major to Political Science in the beginning of my Junior year, I took the opportunity of applying for an internship with the Alabama Republican Party.
After months of hard work and dedication volunteering with Obama For America, we were awarded the coveted Community Credentials to attend the Democratic National Convention and hear President Obama give his acceptance speech for the party nomination. The theme of the convention was "America Coming Together" and we were actually going to be a part of this historic process.
After using the G.I. Bill to fund his undergraduate degree, Ben Armstrong returned home to continue his education. After hearing a presentation on the Department of Government's Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program, Ben knew it was the place for him. And after taking a few classes, he realized something else – that along with his teachers and his classes, his fellow students were a valuable learning resource.
If I had been told a year ago that I would be winning pageants and mingling with Congressmen in Washington, DC, I would have never believed it. But that is exactly what has happened to me this summer.
Tiffany Story intended to work a few years before entering graduate school. Following the advice of a family friend, however, she looked into the Department of Government's Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program. Since the classes were offered at night, she realized that she had to seize the opportunity.