Master of Public (MPA) program online student Veronica Frazier has long been passionate about public service, entering the world of politics and governmental campaigns soon after she completed her undergraduate studies.
The birth of her first child altered her career path, with Frazier becoming an entrepreneur to have more flexibility in raising her children. “I wanted to stay home and be there for my children during those early years, so I started a small business and owned and operated that for roughly six years. Then, once I was officially done with child-rearing and felt like they were at a good age, I decided to go back to school. I always wanted to re-enter politics and the nonprofit world or sector,” she explained.
Frazier chose Price’s MPA program both for its flexibility and because the program was “one of the best in the country” it would help her achieve her “vision of shooting for the stars.”
MPA Online Curriculum Aligns with Goals of Servicing Minority Women
Above all, Frazier, who graduates in May 2023, has appreciated how much knowledge she has gained on the myriad of intricate social issues that impact public policy in the United States, describing it as one of the biggest takeaways from the program.
Of course, for Frazier, being a single mother and a full-time student can be challenging. “It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it. My kids get to see me in class. They’re seeing me study, and they’re seeing me research and write and read all the time,” she said.
The challenges are worth it, as Frazier focuses on re-igniting her career in the nonprofit space. “I first wanted to get this degree because I’ve been trying to start a non-governmental organization (NGO) that utilizes private capital but is within sort of a collaborative space with micro-financing investors, all in hope of servicing minority women. The end goal has always been to do that,” she explained.
To learn more about Veronica Frazier and her experience in the USC MPA program online, read the full USC Online article.