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SPAA Graduate Profile: Evaewero French (MPA’21)

Evaewero French (MPA’21)

Full Name:  Evaewero French 
Age: 23 
Country:  Nigeria 
Degree Program:  Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Graduation Year: 2021

Why did you enroll at SPAA?
My motivation and passion for impacting my community and nation fueled my decision to enroll at SPAA. I wanted to learn the appropriate skills needed to create a lasting change and impact people's lives significantly.  

What do you hope to accomplish with your degree?
I hope that with this degree, I can contribute significantly to helping countries develop socially, politically, and economically, especially in Africa. I aspire to be involved in innovative research regarding developmental issues in Africa, especially issues bordering youth development, and finding viable solutions to these issues. I also envision working with international organizations and nonprofits globally in implementing strategies in raising youth consciousness and increasing youth participation in national development. 

Favorite SPAA memory?
Choosing a favorite SPAA memory is a challenging thing to do. Still, one of my favorite memories was serving as part of the inaugural cohort of SPAA Ambassadors alongside ten other phenomenal ladies. As a SPAA Ambassador, I was privileged to have hosted SPAA's first virtual alumni speed networking event and co-hosted the women's history month panel discussion.  

Biggest challenge(s)?
My biggest challenge was trying to fit into a new system at the beginning of my program after moving to the U.S. from Nigeria. The educational process was different from what I was used to, and at first I felt like a fish out of water. However, I quickly adjusted and met amazing people who helped me navigate the new environment.  

Next steps?
I will be starting a doctoral program in public policy in Fall 2021 and immersing myself in my research and policy analysis. Also, I will be continuing my current work with my nonprofit, Renaissance for Excellence Initiative, on youth development in Africa. 

Advice to incoming students? 
Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and take up opportunities. Find ways to get connected to SPAA and the general Rutgers-Newark community. Whenever it gets hard, remind yourself why you started the program in the first place and always remember that you can accomplish anything you set your heart to do.