I had a Suffolk University/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fellowship for Excellence in Public Service from Sept. 2000 - May 2002, when I received my M.P.A. Prior to, and throughout my studies, I was working as the Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and I continue to be employed in this role. I was able to use class projects and papers to delve into areas of interest that affect both my job and community work. The immediate and practical use of what I was learning reinforced my understanding of the coursework and its applications, and also allowed me to contribute significantly in my professional and volunteer/civic roles in ways I otherwise would not have been avle to prioritize.
The diversity of education, professional, and cultural backgrounds of the students played an enormous part in my learning, and I was also impressed with many of the faculty's clear interest in teaching and supporting students' success. While it was sometimes challenging to balance single parenting, school, professional and volunteer roles, it was well worth it. I am grateful that the Commonwealth and Suffolk helped me accomplish an educational and professional goal that I had (prior to learning about and working through the Fellowship) thought might remain elusive due to logistical and time pressures. And I am equally grateful that this Fellowship helped me to be a role model for my daughter, whose patience during the nearly two years of my Fellowship was heroic.
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