You submitted your application to graduate school -- now how do you pay for it?

Jan 14, 2014
Published by: Melissa Lyles
You received the acceptance letter from the graduate school of your dreams – now the reality of having to pay for another round of tuition, books and living expenses sets in. Over the past 10 years, I served as the director of the PPIA Junior Summer Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In that role, I often discussed graduate school opportunities with students and I was very surprised that many of them did...

The Art of Reading an Application

Jan 7, 2014
I read applications in "3D"; I create mental pictures of each person. Images of every place described are active. It is highly entertaining and incredibly time consuming. One applicant wrote about sky diving 800 times. I don’t know about you, but I think once would be enough. Still, this was her passion and it’s important to sense every applicant’s passion. Another applicant served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria and watched drunks beat a stray...

MPP Brings Unique Perspective to His Studies

Dec 30, 2013
Published by: Eric Wilkens
Of the 20 students in this year’s Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) program at the Woodrow Wilson School, only one spent the past year studying at a Cameroonian war college. Maj. Kevin Toth was the only American among 42 officers from 23 countries to study military strategy, policy, and international cooperation from an African point of view.  “As an African specialist, my primary concern is getting their perspectives on how they fight wars,...
Seth Smith at Desk

The Cryptologist, the Kidney Donor and the Veteran

Dec 23, 2013
Published by: Eric Wilkens
Seth Smith, MPA II in the Woodrow Wilson School, recalls watching Operation Desert Storm on television as a child. “It was the first time war was displayed on TV. From that point on, international affairs interested me. My intellectual curiosity laid in the world around me, and how countries interacted with each other,” he says. So began a life of public service, including six years in the U.S. Navy, four of which were served in the Middle East...