Throughout my three years of teaching (two with Teach for America) I thought I wanted to go back to school and become a school administrator. Yet the more time I spent in the education sector, the more I realized its flaws and barriers to equitable change. I decided to forgo these plans and instead pursue an MPP with a focus on education and social policy.
Also, my own K-12 experiences led me to take an interest in education policy. When I was in elementary school, my school district had a “gifted” program where students took an aptitude exam that placed them in accelerated courses. These students were tracked throughout K-12 and were pushed towards AP courses in high school. Although I was selected, I noticed a stark lack of POC students in the gifted program. Thus, I heard racist jokes and experienced microaggressions. I personally saw and felt the effects of racial inequity in education. I believe my education at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy will provide me with the skills to partner with equity advocates to bring innovation to our systems and institutions.
I appreciate Sanford’s policy generalist approach. I can explore multiple policy fields through my coursework, events, and networking. I appreciate that I can seek advice from individuals to inform my own career path post-graduation. I’ve especially enjoyed talking to and learning from peers with different work and education experiences.
I am grateful for the community I have found here at Sanford. It’s been great to have friends that care about me as a person and my well-being. Through dinners and social gatherings, I’ve spent my time laughing and enjoying everyone’s uniqueness. I am also proud of my ability to not let school overwhelm me. I do things to take care of myself like implementing no work times throughout the day. I am committing to focus on self-care this semester.
– Tim Lindsey (MPP ‘23) is from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Tim loves to read, talk with friends and family, write, and listen to music (Hip Hop, Rap, and Gospel). #HumansofDukeSanford #MPP #gradschool All this month, our stories are focused on Sanford’s Black population in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth