“Happy Friday, everyone! My name is Melitzi Torres and I am a current UEP graduate student at Brown. I was asked to share what a day in my life is like as a UEP student. Before I dive into that, I want to share a little about who I am and what brought me to this master’s program.
“I am a first-generation Latina college student, I go by the pronouns she/her/hers, and I love spending time with people I love. I grew up in Rhode Island, graduated from Brown (undergrad) in 2015, taught second grade for two years, and came back to Brown this past summer as a full-time graduate student. As a product of a public school system, as a first-gen Latina, as a former teacher, and as an advocate for educational equity, I knew I needed to be working in policy to make the difference I wanted to make. In undergrad, I had the opportunity to intern for a policy research and advocacy group, Rhode Island’s senate policy office, and a community partnership organization. These internships, along with my experience as a teacher, really fueled my drive to head into policy. After bouncing back and forth between three other master’s programs and the UEP program, I knew Brown was where my heart is. There’s truly no other place like Brown. #evertrue
“So much has changed from my life as a teacher. Part of the UEP experience is taking on an internship that would help prepare you for a future job placement. I am currently interning as a data analyst for the Gil and Jacki Cisneros Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. Through working remotely, I have learned that time management and clear communication are key to success in a position like mine. On any given weekday, I’ll wake up, drink my coffee #frenchpress while catching up on social media, and then I dive into work for a couple of hours before class. UEP classes are in the afternoon so I have the mornings to get work done for my internship and classes. Depending on how much work I have, I usually like to relax after class and explore Providence with friends.
“I hope this has been helpful to you as you decide on a master’s program. Please feel free to reach out with any questions–I’m one of the program’s ambassadors so I’m actually here to help in any way I can! You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on any social media platform @melitzitorres”