Meet Arman Golrokhian: dual-degree graduate student - Master of Public Policy and Master of Science, Class of 2015
Fields of study: Sustainable Systems and Environmental Policy and Planning
What brought you to SNRE?
As an undergrad, I majored in mechanical engineering, where I deepened my understanding of energy, power and transportation systems. In the process I realized that although mechanical engineering provides me the strong basis for systematic and analytical thinking, it is not enough for satisfying my aspirations and career goals in the long term; I wanted to have a greater impact on a global scale through an interdisciplinary approach on the cutting edge topics such as climate change. So when it was time to choose a grad school, I found that SNRE has everything I want out of my experience as a grad student and even offers more. It is the best venue for me to achieve my long-term career goals.
What’s it like to be an international student at SNRE?
For me as Iranian student, it was a surprisingly smooth transition. SNRE is one of the most diverse schools on campus. It is very supportive of and welcoming to international students. I did have to get used to another language and a very different culture, but the faculty, staff, and other students all help international students mesh and understand what is expected. On top of all these, as a dual degree student, I always feel that SNRE is my home base.
What has been your most valuable SNRE experience?
Hands down, my most valuable experience was traveling to Peru for the 20th Conference of Parties. It was a brilliant experience for students to be in these high level meetings, where governments from all around the world convene every year to talk about and make decisions on climate change. Environmental policy is one of the fields I really want to work in after I graduate. Being at the conference, I learned so much about that career path and the skills it requires. Then I determined how I could take the right courses to have the skill set that's aligned with what I want to do in the future.