Meet our Students: Adrianna Lazarte

We love every opportunity we have to highlight our brilliant students, and Adrianna is no exception. A second year student in the MPP program, Adrianna let us in on who she is, what makes her tick, and what she loves about William & Mary.

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1. Where are you from?

Arlington, Virginia

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

I was looking at a program for my boyfriend (now fiancé!) and saw the Public Policy program in the graduate studies pull down menu. Once I saw the International Development Track, I knew I wanted to apply.

3. What were you doing before you joined us?

I was at Randolph-Macon College (go Jackets!), where I majored in Political Science and International Studies, and minored in German and Economics.

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4. What has been your favorite class so far and why?

My current law course, International Business Transactions, has been my favorite so far. The professor, Iria Giuffrida, is great. The material is really relevant and just generally within my interest. I think the inclusion of law courses is extremely valuable and being able to take a law course at a top school is an incredible opportunity.

5. Tell us your favorite place on (or around) campus?

My favorite place around is a tie between Crim Dell, because I love the legend (it’s a good one – look it up!) and the main dock at Lake Matoaka, because that’s where I got engaged. 😊

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Adrianna and Colin standing on the Crim Dell bridge


A proposal at Lake Matoaka

6. Favorite thing about the program?

The people! I have made so many great friends. In undergrad, a lot of the friends you make are people in your hall, on your team, in your major, etc. – but in graduate school, we all share an interest so big that we all pursued it! Also, grad school is hard… those who struggle together, stay together (#realtalk)

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

Just apply. You don’t have to do anything just because you got in, but you don’t want to regret not even trying. If you’re really having doubts, talk to your admissions counselor. I didn’t decide that I even wanted to apply until after the first deadline, so I was in constant contact with the director of admissions. Getting comfortable and not being afraid to ask about the things that are important to you will help so much!

8. Where do you want to go from here?

I really hope to get a job where I can serve a community. Whether that community be the world, the state, or a 500-person town; I hope to have a position in which I can make a positive impact. I am particularly interested in education, child advocacy, and vulnerable populations.

9. What are your hobbies?

Lifting is my main hobby (you can find me in the gym at 6 am every day!), but I also love baking and any kind of crafting.

10. Favorite book?

I’m happy with any fairytale!

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

I would love to meet Kate Middleton or Angela Merkel. In their own ways, they are both strong and outspoken women that I look up to.

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

You can do it! Days feel so long and the work is hard now, but you will end up doing something you love and making the positive impact that inspires you!

Thanks for sharing, Adrianna! Keep up with Adrianna and the rest of the Public Policy students by following us on Facebook, Instagram (@wmpublicpolicy) and LinkedIn!

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