What are your main academic/policy areas of interest and what led you to those interests?
The religious landscape has changed radically in the last 10 years. People give both their time and their finances to congregations very differently now. I chose nonprofit management originally because I know the congregations have a lot to learn from the nonprofit world. While I did expect to enjoy the program, I did not expect to love it as much as I do. I am now excited to take these skills and use them to continue to make the world a better place—whether that is through supporting congregations trying to bring more love into the world, or nonprofit organizations utilizing their resources for a cause.
Is there anything else you would like prospective students to know about you or your experience in the program?
One of the most interesting things about the O’Neill Online program is the people you meet. Certainly, the professors excel in their fields, which makes it all the more wonderful to learn from them. But my fellow classmates have amazed me. I can’t think of many other programs where I would be in class with nonprofit and government workers, a missionary in South Africa, a Peace Corps volunteer, an intelligence officer and other military folks stationed around the world. The students come from a diverse age range and life experience, and this deeply enriches the program.