USC Price School of Public Policy

Price Student Q&A: Andrew Philps

Hometown: Vancouver BC, Canada
Major: Public Policy, Public Policy and Law Track

Q. What inspired you to choose your major?

A. I chose the Public Policy major because of its intertwining of economic, environmental and heath policy learning while still allowing for broad learning in the areas of urban development and planning.

Q. What opportunities has Price afforded you?

A. In my first semester at Price I have been able to meet many other students and professors throughout Price by taking part in their many social events and discussions. As a result, I have made a lot of valuable connections within the Price community.

Q. What skills have you developed in your time at Price?

A. Through my different classes at Price, I have further developed many skills including working with a group on projects and presentations, as well as managing my time in order to be as successful as possible in my classes.

Q. Tell us about a memorable Price experience you’ve had.

A. When I first committed to coming to USC last spring, I was able to work closely with many people who worked here at Price in choosing my courses. Each person was whole heartedly invested in helping me set a strong foundation for my Price education.

Q. What class have you enjoyed most at Price and why?

A. PPD 225 has been my most enjoyable class thus far in Price, because it has shown me the basic intricacies of policy making while evaluating the effectiveness of such policies in society.

Q. What are your future career plans?

A. Although I am not yet completely sure what I would like to do for a career, I think that I may pursue graduate school in either Business or Law at some point.

Q. What is the best advice anyone has given to you regarding your education?

A. The best advice I received about my education was to study what interested me, but treat it like a job. This means approaching my education with the same attitude that I would for my job — putting in a full day’s work each day both in and outside of the classroom.