It is among the few programmes globally where I could join a superb network of talented people and grow towards a life in public service.
What made you decide to study at Oxford?
The pressing issues facing our societies today are increasing in complexity and cannot be solved in isolation by public authorities, the civil society, or the private sector, but require a sustainable and concrete partnership of them all. Effective communication, innovative vision, and decision making through critical thinking as the fruit of the encounter of a diverse range of perspectives – these should mark the leaders that we all would want to be guiding our communities in such a world. I (rightfully) thought that studying at Oxford would be a step towards becoming such a figure. I decided to apply to the MPP at the Blavatnik School of Government, as it is among the few programmes globally where I could join a superb network of talented people and grow towards a life in public service.
How did you find the application process, and do you have any advice for others preparing to apply?
“Think about what you would like to see change in the world we live in today, and how you can be the driver of that change.”
I found the application process to be an excellent thought exercise. Applicants are required to write a Statement of Purpose, a Public Service piece, and a comprehensive Policy Analysis. Writing these essays requires a lot of introspection and thinking around how we can contribute to a world better led, better governed, and better served.
My advice for future applicants is to spend good time reflecting on what their purpose and passion is. Think about what you would like to see change in the world we live in today, and how you can be the driver of that change.
Did you specify a college on your application?
I wanted to join Oriel as it provides its students with a traditional Oxford experience and a tight-knit community of fellow Orielenses. From its formal dining experience, central location, and fantastic events, Oriel was a great college to join to immerse myself in the Oxford way of life for the one year of my programme.
What do you think the benefits of the collegiate system are for postgraduate students?
“It is invaluable to have access to such a pool of knowledge and different perspectives.”
The main benefit of the collegiate system for postgraduate students is being exposed to peers from other fields. It is invaluable to have access to such a pool of knowledge and different perspectives.
Additionally, the College represents a home away from home. Having such a safe space is a significant benefit to keep in mind.
What do you enjoy about being a member of Oriel’s MCR community?
Unofficially the best in Oxford, the Oriel MCR has thrown amazing events throughout the whole year. Most importantly, the Oriel MCR community is friendly and supportive. I particularly enjoyed our Grand Formals and bringing friends from other colleges to our MCR and seeing how impressed they were!
What do you like the most about being an Orielensis?