MA, International Development
Tell us about yourself:
I have always really liked world culture and I actually thought about med school,
but then after taking chemistry I decided I would study what doctors are doing. Then
I went to Peace Corps as a health advisor, and in honing my interests, I realized
I like health and water issues, water politics. I found myself drawn to more of the
business aspects of non-profits in general. My skill set and my personality really
aligned better with the organizational side. So in deciding to pursue that track,
I wanted a grad program that would make me qualified for a lot of things and allow
me to figure it out as I went along. I have really enjoyed the program. I feel like
I have gotten exactly what I wanted out of it. For me, I came out of undergrad feeling
like I wasn't an expert in anything. I just knew I would go back to school. What I
really wanted was a program with enough variety and flexibility to be able to back
and forth with different things, but be able to hone myself into something narrower
as the year went on.
What brought you to the Josef Korbel School?
I served in Peace Corps in Jamaica and I was looking at the list of Fellows program
schools and Denver came up. It's far from home, which was interesting. I am from Nashville,
TN and I had never lived out of the southeast. Really, something just clicked about
the program when reading the information. I came and visited, and I liked how this
was under the radar a little bit, yet still a great quality school. Korbel is not
flashy. It is a really solid program that is a functional degree. The culture here
is great. I never recycled before Peace Corps, I really just got a lot more into active,
natural, healthy living. So when I was looking at prospective schools I wanted to
be in a city and community that would help me foster those lifestyles living in the
U.S. I knew I would need a bit of help because I would be going through transition.
Denver is that perfect place to really encourage you to keep that up: health-conscious,
waste resistant people. I really found that aligned with what I wanted my life to
Read the full interview with Josef Korbel School student Jesse Hunter.