Meet Our Students: Kendall Quirk

In the Master of Public Policy program at William & Mary, we take great pride in our students. Each person in the program brings something special to the table and we are thrilled to shine the spotlight on them whenever we get the chance. This is Kendall Quirk (’19). Kendall is a first year MPP in the Public Policy Analysis track and answered a few questions for us recently.

Kendall QuirkMPP '19

Where are you from?

Arlington, Texas

What brought you to the William & Mary Master of Public Policy Program?

When I came to visit, I met with so many people who seemed to have a real interest in me and how I could fit into the program. I’ve always loved the school and was so happy that it was a perfect fit for me!

What were you doing before you joined us?

I came to the program straight from undergrad. I finished my Bachelor of Arts in English in May 2017.

What is your favorite thing to do on campus?

I’m a huge football fan, so I like to go to the games! I also like hanging out with everyone in the MPP Lounges in Tyler. It’s fun to bond and work outside of classes.

Favorite thing about the program?

I love going to class every day and seeing my fellow students. We  have become a great group of friends, so it makes class, homework, and studying that much better. Since it’s a small program, you get a chance to get to know everyone, which is rare.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students who may be on the fence about applying to the W&M MPP program?

Do it! W&M is an incredibly special place to study public policy. We have a great group of alumni, access to many resources, and a wonderful faculty.

Where do you want to go from here?

I would love to work in D.C. or London on U.K.-U.S. affairs.

What are your hobbies?

Baking, painting, cooking, and recently photography! Although, Netflix-binging is pretty great, too.

Describe yourself in three words.

Passionate, nerdy, and social!

Favorite book?

Probably The Great Gatsby, but usually any book I’m reading.

If you could receive a message from future-you, what would you want it to say?

“You will graduate in May 2019 and get a wonderful job right after.”

If you could meet one person in the world, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Anne Boleyn. I was a medieval history minor in undergrad and loved studying the Tudors! I would love to see if all of the rumors about her were true.

What has been your favorite class so far and why? 

My favorite class has been Law and Public Policy (with Christopher Byrne and James Heller). It was one of the most challenging classes I’ve ever taken but it was incredibly interesting, fun, and relevant. It was great to bond with everyone and go into class not knowing what kind of discussions we would have.

Who is your favorite professor/researcher you’ve worked with and why? My favorite professor(s) have been Matt DiLorenzo (Quant I) because he was so collaborative and really reassuring for a student who hadn’t worked with quantitative analysis and data. I also love the work I’ve done with my Graduate Assistantship (GA) advisor, John McGlennon. I’m  interested in local and state politics, so it’s been fun to work closely on projects with him.


Thanks for sharing, Kendall! And we can help make that prediction come true with all of our Career Development resources. 😉

Stay tuned for more student spotlights! In the meantime, don’t forget to follow W&M MPP on Facebook and LinkedIn!


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