Jennifer Beltran stands in front of green leafy tree
Jennifer Beltran MPP answers questions about her student experience.

What is your favorite thing about your experience at HKS?

My favorite thing about HKS so far has been the fact that there is always something exciting going on. Whether it’s an interesting speaker in the Forum, a roundtable discussion, study group, or a student caucus meeting, there is always something extremely worthwhile to participate in that enhances the student experience.

How would you describe your community at HKS?

I see my community at HKS as everchanging, but as a fellow with the Center for Public Leadership, I feel most grounded in my CPL community and especially with the U.S. Latino Leadership cohort. Being a CPL fellow has not only provided me with mentorship, a supportive home base, and leadership training, but also with connection beyond these formal interactions. It has felt like having a family away from home that I can turn to for advice, reflection, and many laughs.

What advice do you have for prospective students considering HKS?

Don’t be intimidated! There is a very supportive community at HKS, and you have important perspectives to offer. I have found it helpful to stay grounded in my “why,” so I would encourage prospective students to do the same.

Quick questions

  • Favorite class: SUP-208: Unequal Opportunities, Unequal Outcomes
  • Favorite study spot: Law School library
  • Favorite restaurant near campus: Alden & Harlow (sit down), Clover (fast casual)
  • One bucket list item you want to accomplish before graduating: Attend a Harvard trek with my friends
  • Biggest surprise at HKS: How unpretentious most people are
  • Favorite guest speaker: Ukraine President Zelenskyy
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