This blogpost was written by Nivedita Krishna, MPP '22.
When I heard of the Master in Public Policy (MPP) Program at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, it sounded magical. Here was a world-class institution that cherry-picked you because they believed in you and provided the support you need so you can return to a career of public service.
I was delighted to receive an offer of admission to the program and accepted it without a flutter. As a mid-career development professional from Bengaluru, India, I am grateful for a program that allows me the luxury of taking a step back from a busy career to re-embrace a rigorous academic life.
As an MPP student here at Princeton, I am joined by my husband and two children. They are enjoying the Princeton experience as much as I am.
Every day at SPIA, I learn from my peers in the classroom and hallways, distinguished professors who are at the helm of their respective domains, and various guests and alumni who share their experiences generously. I also feel valued as a member of the SPIA community. Class discussions are fearless and stimulating. They offer a safe space to speak my mind, learn, and even falter as I do so. The new learning and knowledge make me feel powerful, and I look forward to returning to my career in philanthropy with a sharpened mind, relevant tools, and a great global perspective.
At SPIA, not only is the academic experience rigorous and scintillating, but my MPP cohort is exclusive and close-knit, yet diverse and vibrant. I also have access to resources that I'd need for academic and professional support and a rich alumni base to draw from.
The campus is picturesque and beautiful. Being on campus feels like waking up at Hogwarts each day. At Princeton SPIA, the MPP experience is truly magical!