L Volpe is a second year student with the Masters of Public Administration Program. Her road to graduate school has been a winding one. She graduated from Ohio University in 2008 with a Bachelors of Specialized Studies in Management and Communications. After graduation , L worked a series of odd jobs and took on volunteer positions while trying to break my way into the nonprofit scene in Columbus, Ohio. L finally accepted a position at a leading financial institution to pay the bills while she figured out what she wanted to do with her life. After three years of bopping around the company trying to find a position that she could stomach working in, L discovered that the grind of large corporation life was not for her, and applied to graduate schools for public administration. After careful consideration of her options, L decided to pack up her pup and come back home to Athens to pursue her master’s degree at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
L’s decision to further her education at the Voinovich School was an easy one because the School is not only academically strong, but it also encourages students to hone their skills with internships and hands-on experiences. L has worked as the program coordinator for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Child of Appalachia writing contest, performed an environmental scan for Ohio Campus Compact, and completed grant assessment for the Athens Foundation. She is now a graduate assistant for the Ohio University Women’s Center and the vice president of Committees and Legislative Affairs for the OU Graduate Student Senate. After graduation, L would like to work with a non-profit organization dealing with either social justice or women’s issues. She’s not sure in what capacity she would like to work at one of these organizations yet, but she will update everyone with this decision on the blog as she applies for jobs! Thanks for reading!