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Navigating the New York City Externship Experience: A Series #1: Deciding if the NYC Externship is for You

Anlly Palacios is a second-year CIPA student who is concentrating her studies on Social Policy. If you wish to learn more about Anlly, you may read her bio here.


PADM 5110—Public Administration: My Favorite Class this Semester

Anlly Palacios is a second-year CIPA student who is concentrating her studies on Social Policy. (more…)

Working and studying at Cornell University

While I am a graduate student at CIPA, I also work part-time at the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) as a Graduate Programming Assistant (GPA). Naturally, balancing several professional roles can be an overwhelming experience; however, working at OADI has given me real-life experience in project management and has provided me valuable networking opportunities. In my current role, I work directly for the OADI Research Scholars Program, an initiative aimed to prepare first-year underrepresented undergraduates students in research, with the ultimate goal of preparing them to join doctoral programs once they graduate. (more…)

Best Places to eat on a grad student budget

Ithaca, like many college towns, is home to unique food experiences and adventures. From authentic Turkish food to the classic burger and fries, Ithaca has it all. However, what sets many of these hot spots apart is affordability. Most of us graduate students are on tight budgets as it is, but I am here to say you can enjoy a nice meal without breaking the bank. Below are some great places you can go to satisfy your taste buds. (more…)

Mann Library: Your home away from home for the next two years

As part of the College of Human Ecology school, most of the Public Administration classes are in the buildings located in the Ag Quad. Due to the fact that our department is located at the top of a very steep hill, many of the CIPA fellows (including myself) find it easier to stay around the Ag Quad in order to avoid climbing up the hill again. One of the most frequented places of the Ag Quad is the Mann Library, your home away from home for the next two years. (more…)

Student Clubs: What are they and where to find them

If you are like me, you also decided to start graduate school right after completing undergrad. You told yourself that you would no longer join student clubs or organizations and that your main focus was going to be school and work. However, the student leader in you becomes bored almost instantly, so you crave another responsibility to shoulder. Or maybe you are not like me. Maybe, it has been awhile since you have been on a busy university campus, and you want to experience something new and fun. Whatever the case may be, joining a student club is always a positive experience. There is no harm in joining a group of fellow students who are passionate about the same things you are. Student clubs will enrich your time at CIPA, and I am a strong believer that not only will you learn a thing or two, but you will make friendships that will last a lifetime (more…)

Anlly Palacios ’18: Reflection of the US Election

These last couple of weeks have been long for many us. In light of the election, I, among others, have had very daunting reactions to the results. Even now, I sometimes catch myself thinking about the unknown. What is going to happen to me, as not only a public servant, but as a woman of color? Or to my brother, a United States Marine? Or to my younger sister, a college-bound Latina? And to my parents, US-naturalized immigrants from Ecuador? As much as I try to stay hopeful and positive, my resolve continues to fracture by news articles documenting yet another hate crime. My cynicism grows with every misogynistic, homophobic, and ill-experienced person added to the President-Elect’s administration. As much as I try to stay calm, deep down I am so angry, I think of the unimaginable. (more…)

Anlly Palacios ’18: CIPA Concentration – Connecting Experience and Interests

Choosing a concentration can be especially challenging when you have varied interests. When I started the CIPA program, I was interested in either local government, non-profit management, or even working for an international development agency. Though I am still not sure which concentration I want to pick, I am tailoring my classes so that I can explore all of the concentration, in order to narrow down which concentration I ultimately want to pursue. This flexibility is one of the greatest things about CIPA. We are given ample time to test the waters before committing to a particular area of focus. In addition, what I have I come to realize while taking my classes is that, although they focus on different arenas of the public sector, the material and strategies are transferable, making them applicable to any career or sector. For example, Microeconomics is providing me another set of lens from which to view the public sector, a perspective I had otherwise not considered before coming into CIPA.   (more…)

Meet Anlly Palacios ’18

My name is Anlly (pronounced Ann-Lee) and I am a first-year CIPA student. I was born and raised in Queens, New York to Ecuadorian parents. I earned my B.A. in Sociology from Binghamton University, while completing a minor in Spanish. Before starting the MPA program here in Cornell University, I was a summer intern in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Currently, I work in the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI), where I am the Graduate Programming Assistant to the OADI Research Scholars Program. (more…)

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