Lucas Rivers

教育经历

Columbia University

硕士 | Public Administration

Lucas正在纽约哥伦比亚大学攻读公共管理硕士学位。在他教授英语、在大学招生办公室工作、为70多个国家的社会企业家提供咨询的过程中,Lucas指导了超过100名学生。他还曾在越南的一些顶尖高中教授写作与批判性思考,并因此获得了2016年度富布赖特奖学金。在他的帮助下,获得诸如斯坦福大学、史密斯大学、布林茅尔学院等名校奖学金的学生不计其数。Lucas在联合学院获得了政治学及中文的文学士学位。闲暇时,他喜欢在纽约的大街小巷尝试各种食物。

Q:  你为什么对你的学术领域充满热情?你是在什么时候,如何发现你对这 门学科的热爱的?  
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I grew up in a small and economically disadvantaged town in rural America. I saw my academic career as an opportunity to explore the underlying systems and issues affecting communities like my hometown across the world. For me, the public sector – nonprofits, government agencies, and social enterprises – and the interactions it has with the private sector hold the solutions to many of these problems. Reinventing the public sector as a dynamic and innovative means for addressing some the world’s most pressing problems is my goal. But this wasn’t always the case. As an undergraduate, I focused primarily on international relations and the geopolitical trends behind economic, political, and social developments. But as a Program Manager at a global nonprofit called The Resolution Project, I discovered the unique opportunity to leverage private sector insights in a public sector environment through social entrepreneurship. This has guided me and my ambitions at Columbia University, focusing primarily on learning about impact investing and social impact consulting in order to turn back to my home community in hopes of addressing and solving issues of depleting economic and social capital.

  
Q:  对一个想在你的领域取得硕士学位的学生,你最好的三个建议是什么? 如果他们正准备转到你这一领域呢?  
A:

My top recommendations for a student targeting a masters in applied social sciences like international development or peacebuilding are:

  1. Find your professional focus in the broad sphere of public affairs MPA students study a vast array of topics – from impact investing to humanitarian relief, from state formation to environmental policy. This makes sense – the public sector is huge! But in order to make the best of your masters experience, you need to know what issues within the public sector you are passionate about. Otherwise, you will spend your entire degree exploring all the public sector has to offer without truly gaining expertise in one specific issue.
  2. Understand the public sector in the geography you intend to work in The public sector will likely look different depending on which country or region you work in. A Brazilian government agency is going to operate differently than a Chinese one, for example. Many MPA programs will offer the opportunity to focus on a specific region that you want to gain experience in, which will allow you to translate the skills gained in a masters program to whichever location you hope to work in after school.
  3. Gain experience in quantitative subjects and foreign languages An MPA program involves a lot of classes in economics, mathematics, and foreign language. Make sure you’re comfortable taking classes in each of these subjects, and try and gain some experience prior to starting your masters. For example, take an online course that provides introductory knowledge about statistics or calculus before stepping foot on campus.
  
Q:  学生们有哪些渠道来自学你的专业?  
A:

The public sector is everywhere around us. With that in mind, I recommend taking a few moments each day to reach news articles related to government issues, global affairs, and public policy. News outlets like the Economist, New York Times, or Foreign Affairs are common, but any news outlet will help gain insights on issues related to the public sector. Don’t underestimate the power of local news outlets too!

  
Q:  如何向招生官员展示申请者的实力,你的建议是什么?  
A:

You must show Admissions Officers that you are more than grades and test scores. So much emphasis and focus goes into getting top scores on standardized tests like the SAT or GRE, but Admissions Officers care more about the type of person you are, what makes you tick, and how you will contribute to a diverse and vibrant student community. This means you must showcase your personality through your personal statement, but that you must also choose recommenders who know you best and can comment on both your work ethic and character. Recommendations are incredibly important for providing verification to admissions officers that they should admit you, so be sure to choose your recommenders wisely and provide them all the important information necessary for writing a stellar recommendation!

  
Q:  当申请你的专业时,有哪些要注意避免的陷阱或失误?  
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The biggest mistake an applicant can make is to try to ignore a weak part of their application. One bad semester or a bad mark in one class will not prevent you from entering grad school. However, if you ignore it or don’t address it in a personal statement, the admissions committee is going to be very suspicious. Instead, you should provide reasoning and explanations for why that weak part in your application exists with honesty and transparency!

  
Q:  你为什么申请你的大学和专业?你还被其他哪些学校和专业录取了?  
A:

Columbia University has a global reputation, especially in the public sector world. Not only are professors and classes some of the best in the world, but the connections the school has to prestigious organizations, companies, and agencies are unmatched. Since Columbia is in New York City, many Columbia students have the opportunity to have internships at the United Nations, on Wall Street, or with world-renowned nonprofits. Especially students aiming to work in the private sector following graduation will find the alumni network and career services at Columbia incredibly helpful. I also applied to New York University’s MPA-MBA dual degree. Although I was accepted, I found the reputation, connections, and campus culture Columbia had to be more suitable for my personality and ambitions!

  
Q:  在你的领域,毕业后常见的职业道路是哪些?  
A:

Many graduates from the social sciences move onto careers in public policy analysis, either within government or with foundations and think-tanks. There are many opportunities for international careers in project management, fieldwork and consulting with intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations or with NGOs. Graduates can also take up social scientific careers in research and teaching. And some graduates create their own social entrepreneurships or consulting companies.

  
Q:  你最喜欢校园文化的哪些方面?哪些方面让你惊喜?如果可以的话,你 会改变哪一个?  
A:

Cambridge University is very well-resourced – its main library has more than 8 million books! It also has a really international student body. Cambridge city which surrounds the university is really special, with so much history and charm. Though growing rapidly, it still retains a small-town feel with its quiet corners, quirky lanes and riverside parks. Cambridge offers some of the most beautiful medieval colleges you can find in Europe. And campus life is never boring: there always a hundred different things to do on any night of the week: whether that’s meeting friends at a pub, seeing a concert or play, attending a debate, listening to one of the world’s most famous people give a guest lecture, seeing a film, going dancing or eating out in Cambridge’s many restaurants. And there are so many university clubs and societies that you can take part in. There’s really something for everyone!

  
Q:  你最喜欢母校的哪个趣事?有什么特别的活动、传统或传奇故事吗?  
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Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities and has 98 Nobel laureates to its credit! During my time at Cambridge I really enjoyed all the dress-up dinners and parties, especially the May Balls at the end of exams in June. During the year it's fun to attend Formal Hall at the different colleges – these are the formal dinners where students wear the university’s famous black gowns and eat and drink their way through multiple courses. Other great Cambridge traditions are music and rowing. Cambridge is home to world famous choirs and the Cambridge University Boat Club which competes each year against Oxford.

  
Q:  你在大学里是怎样度过暑假的?对充实暑假生活有什么建议?  
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As a PhD student I didn't really get summer vacation, since research at that level is full-time. Nevertheless, I did get to enjoy traveling around Europe during my studies. There are several low-cost airlines that fly from London with amazing deals that students can take advantage of. Tired of studying? Sunny beaches are only a short flight away!

  
Q:  是什么让你微笑?给我们更多分享一下你最喜欢的爱好吧。  
A:

Getting to know people and helping them succeed is one of my favorite things to do! Really!

  
Q:  为什么很高兴能辅导达雁的学生?  
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Over the years I have had excellent mentors, without whom I wouldn't have known how to achieve my aspirations. I'm so grateful for all the support they offered me. I'd like to pay it forward by helping others become successful too!