Master of Public Administration alumna Susan Barkman ’14 published a guest column titled “Classes are Coming: The Long and Slow Path” on Aug. 14, 2017, on the Engaging Local Government Leaders blog. Her column includes the following advice:
- Work on papers and projects on topics that you are less familiar with. You’ll expand your knowledge and provide knowledge to use in future interviews.
- Be social! Grad school is a great place to build your network, and get to know future colleagues.
- Take care of yourself. Work/life/school balance is important and you have to find the balance that works for you.
- The public library is a great place to study. Go there and be nice to librarians so they don’t give you the evil eye at closing time.
Susan is the assistant director for community outreach at University of Colorado Boulder.