The heart of NYU Wagner's programs is our faculty. An amalgam of full-time, clinical/research/visiting, and adjunct professors, they are outstanding teachers, expert researchers and committed practitioners.
During the Intro to Policy class we were given an assignment to draft a strategy memo for a policy advocacy campaign. The assignment was given with considerable flexibility, in particular, with regards to the selection of the policy issue. I fell upon a topic within the issue of juvenile justice that really caught my attention. I immersed myself in the project and felt that I had found an issue that I wanted to explore further. This assignment prompted me to attend a career panel on working within the justice system, which then led me to get a summer internship with the Vera Institute of Justice.
We should all be very conscious that we are building new networks right now. Active involvement with student groups and activities or engaged discussions with peers outside of the classroom is personally just as important to me, if not more, than my classes.