A Student Looks at the Bright Futures Breakfast
November 13, 2013 09:02 AM
By Sophia Guevara, Wayne State University
On Friday, November 8, during the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management conference held in Washington, DC, I had the opportunity to connect with other students and recent graduates at the Bright Futures networking breakfast held at the Westin Hotel. While there, I connected with three students who were attending the conference for various reasons:
Kerry Spitzer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was glad to attend the breakfast as it provided her with an opportunity to meet other students who were also attending the conference. She was happy to have presented her work a day earlier and enjoyed the conference as it provided her with the opportunity to talk to both researchers and practitioners alike.
Nicole Ulibarri from Stanford University was also in attendance at the breakfast. She appreciated the conference’s strong emphasis on application. One of the things she has learned was that when an interesting problem presents itself, go ahead and get involved in the work that will be required to tackle it.
Anita Patnaik from Cornell University said she appreciated the conference experience and saw real value in the breadth of topics covered. As a student studying economics, she commented that it can be really siloed. As she conducts work in the field of paternity leave policies, she decided to sit in on a session that focused on maternal employment.
As for myself, I found the breakfast a welcome opportunity to connect with other students that sat at my table and discuss how the conference had gone so far. Recent graduates shared tips with others about landing their first job out of school, networking, and optimizing their resume. Others discussed some of the lessons they had learned while working on their Ph.D. and how they were making the transition to the academic, government, and consulting environments.