During Spring 2019, I finished my Master’s in Public Administration degree at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. To do this, I had to take two final courses: PUBAFR 7900, the capstone paper, and PUBAFR 6890, a one-hour skills course on professional development.
The professional development course was extremely useful, taught by the career academic adviser at the Glenn College. In my opinion, it should become a regular offering at the college. The capstone paper almost killed me. Although I wrote about a topic I am extremely involved with — how cities can get to 100% renewable energy — the amount of rewriting and frankly unreasonable demands from the professor almost led me to withdraw from the course. But after encouragement from my Glenn College advisor, I stayed in, earning barely enough points to pass with a B, but I did get the B.
In May the Glenn College held a pre-graduation ceremony in which it gave out awards to graduating students. I won the award for exemplary community service.