#HumansofDukeSanford is a weekly series highlighting members of the Sanford community.
“I’m currently working on my readings for ethics. It’s for the MPP class. It’s really cool. Jay Pearson is the professor and he’s really great. I think he really contextualizes a lot of issues and also looks into the intersectionality of those issues. So things aren’t just isolated problems, they’re all interconnected.
To be honest, I had never really considered public policy as something I wanted to pursue in graduate school. I was a history major in undergrad, I worked for 2 years in a AmeriCorps program in St. Louis city and I worked at a public high school in education and it kind of made me realize that a lot of the issues I was seeing with my students didn’t solely stem from problems within the education system but other things too such as their health, home life, and stress levels, and that was why they were having trouble. I looked into public policy, and I realized that I wanted to make more of a concrete change within the system in order to improve the lives of others.
I’ve been out of school for 2 years, so coming back was hard. I had to learn how to do homework and write papers again, so that’s been hard. I don’t know, Trump’s the president so… I guess every day is a struggle? Hahaha… I read the news and I’m just like okay…great! You don’t have to put that in there but that’s the truth.”
-Megan Yeh MPP’19