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This is it: one week from now, my PDR will be turned in to my advisor, my final paper for another class submitted, and I will put the final touches on my fellowship report.
It’s a battle to stay focused right now because there are so many things up in the air: job applications, these papers, my ongoing day-job tasks, and how I’ll survive after graduation until I do get a job. At this point, my fantasy is to celebrate quietly and enjoy getting some rest.
As exciting and nerve-wracking as this time is, it’s also a little bittersweet. My entering cohort has largely graduated, and each year has felt so distinct an experience that my whole time at Milano feels even longer than the three years it has been. It’s been such an important place and time for me, and every so often I’m struck by that too.
Good luck to all of us as we’re wrapping up our projects this week!
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I recently finished the second and final round of the policy lab. This round was tough, but in a different way than the first round. The issue wasn’t as heart-wrenching as the first round, but it was extremely timely and politically sensitive (so I won’t discuss any details). What I can say though, is that it’s pretty cool to be able to work on an issue that you’re reading about in the news, knowing that your recommendations could really have an actual impact on how policy is made. Of course, reading about how the policy my group was working on had been derailed about two days before we were set to present was not a good feeling.
In the end though, it all worked out. We presented to the client. They liked some things, others not so much, and now it’s over.
Well…except for that analytic brief…
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