headshot of Ruibi WangWhat does your role as an Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid entail?

I engage in student recruitment, offer comprehensive guidance throughout the admissions process, and provide counseling about financial aid considerations. I work primarily with students applying to and enrolled in the two-year Master in Public Administration (MPA) Program and Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) Program. 

Tell us a little bit more about your background.

I am originally from China and came to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in higher education. As a former international student myself, I’m particularly passionate about assisting international students as they navigate the educational system in the U.S.

Prior to my role here at HKS, I worked as an international student advisor for several years and transitioned into a role as an admissions counselor four years ago. 

Why are you passionate about your career in higher education?

I see education as a powerful tool for personal and societal growth and want to contribute to students' academic, intellectual, and personal development. I find it deeply rewarding to see students succeed and achieve their goals.

What’s your favorite thing about the Kennedy School?

The people! Our faculty, staff, fellows, and students are all passionate about making a positive impact on society through public service. They seek to address pressing social, economic, and political challenges to create a better world. It's an inspiring place to work. 

What’s one piece of advice you have for prospective students?

Don't hesitate to reach out to the Admissions & Financial Aid team if you have any questions or doubts. We are here to support you through the process! 

What’s one thing in the Boston/Cambridge area a student should do during their time at HKS?

Make a visit to the Freedom Trail, which is a historic path that takes you on a journey through Boston's rich history and stops at significant landmarks from the American Revolution.

What’s the best lunch spot in Harvard Square?

Waku Waku for delicious ramen!

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