Meet Our Students: Molly Miller

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 Molly Miller (’19). Molly is a first year student in the International Development and Policy track and she answered a few questions for us recently.

Molly Miller

1. Where are you from?

Springfield, Virginia

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

I liked the program’s emphasis on quantitative skills and the opportunity to take law courses at the William & Mary Law School. Both of these features made the W&M program stand out from other programs.

3. What were you doing before you joined us?

I was an undergraduate studying International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington.

4. What is your favorite thing to do on campus?

This isn’t actually on campus, but it’s really close to campus so I’m going to count it. I love to go to Aroma’s coffee shop and get their flavored coffee of the day with a biscotti and study for an hour or two.

5. Favorite thing about the program?

I like how personal our program is, all of the professors and administrators know all the students by name, and all the students know one another.

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

Definitely come to admitted students’ day and get a better feel for the program, the community, and the school! Walking around campus and talking to current students will definitely help you decide if this is the place for you, I know it did for me!

7. What has been your favorite class so far and why? 
I loved Quantitative Methods 1 with Professor DiLorenzo. This class covered material that was so totally new to me, but Matt made everything accessible and easy to understand. It was fun to be out of my element, and I enjoyed developing new skills in Stata and data analysis.

8. Where do you want to go from here?

I would love to work with a development organization, public or private, and create programs that promote economic growth in developing countries.

9. What are your hobbies?

Hot Yoga, Reading YA Novels, Facetiming my nephews, The Bachelor, Barre Classes

10. Describe yourself in three words.

Upbeat, Adventurous, Noodle-y

11. Favorite book?

Wool by Hugh Howey

12. What message would you like to receive from the future? 

I would love something along the lines of “The life you have chosen to lead will be endlessly fulfilling.”

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

J.R.R. Tolkien, because I love Lord of the Rings and I would love to have a conversation about how he was able to imagine the LOTR world. He was a serious genius, he created languages, religious concepts, and managed to make his stories an allegory for WWII. I just think that he was so brilliant, and I would love to pick his brain. Also, he wrote a children’s book called Letters from Father Christmas that is really magical, so he wrote more than just adult fiction. He was a man of many talents I guess.

Thanks for sharing, Molly! Keep up with Molly and the other MPPs by following us on Facebook and LinkedIn. For more information on the Public Policy Program, visit our website.

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