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Victoria Penman-Lomeli

Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Hometown: Grosse Pointe, MI
Major: Economics
Concentration: Public Policy & Urban Affairs
Best Adjective to Describe You: Kind

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The best thing about being part of my department is the breadth of classes offered. Not many departments offer classes from such a variety of other departments. Being a part of the Public Policy concentration means being connected with, at least, four departments.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
My biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores getting connected to the Public Policy concentration is to not to get discouraged by the variety of classes offered. At first the requirements seem daunting, but they all intertwine well with each other.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The most valuable things I have learned at K are time management and the value of friendship. My years in university have been the most rewarding and the most stressful, but my friends have helped me tremendously through the process. Attending K has taught me to value my time with others, whether this includes close friends or complete strangers.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K has been Ethics because it taught me to think in a different way.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum/experienced breadth in your education?
Yes, I have taken advantage of the open curriculum in my education. I regularly take classes outside of my Economics major and Public Policy concentration. Attending K and working a part time job does not leave very much time for reading for pleasure, one of my favorite leisurely activities. For this reason, I enjoy taking English classes.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
The summer after my sophomore year I completed an internship at an urban farm. This urban farm was in Detroit, MI, about 15 minutes from my hometown. I did not have much farming experience before the internship, but I learned quickly on the job. My responsibilities included maintaining the land and directing the volunteer groups on daily tasks. I enjoyed the experience very much and gained friendships I still have till this day.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is about migrant workers in the agriculture sector.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
My current career aspirations after K is to work at an environmental non-profit. Overall, I hope to move outside of Michigan so I can experience a new state.

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