Deshae Wise, class of 2023 Master of Public Service & Administration Candidate, discusses her experience at the Bush School. Deshae is in the Public Management track with a concentration in State and Local Government.
Interviewer: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Deshae: My name is Deshae Wise. I’m a second-year student at the Bush School doing the MPSA program. I’ll be graduating in 2023. I’m doing the Public Management track with a concentration in State and Local Government. Before the Bush School I went to UC Berkeley and I graduated there in 2021 studying Business Administration.
Interview: Why did you choose the Bush School?
Deshae: Like I said, my undergrad was in Business Administration and I have some experience doing some marketing and administrative work with a small nonprofit and I also have had experience working at a large finance firm doing commercial banking and those experiences both work together to really show how much interest I had in doing social impact work. And so, because of track, I had the opportunity to do a graduate transfer and I found that the master’s program here was the perfect fit.
Interviewer: What does Black History Month mean to you?
Deshae: Black History Month to me means honoring the legacy of black people, black activists, all the people that have come before me and who are currently working to improve the culture.
Interviewer: What are you hoping to do in the future?
Deshae: This past summer, I interned at a company called Baker Tilly doing public sector consulting and I love the firm, I love the work, really being able to explore a lot of different avenues and just learn about so many different things. And so, after my career as a professional track athlete, I am hoping to continue on with that same line of work.
Interviewer: What does Black History Month mean for the Bush School/ for Texas A&M and what would you like your peers to know/hear?
Deshae: Black History Month to both the Bush School and Texas A&M means recognizing the contributions that black people have made to the school. I would really encourage my peers to learn about noteworthy black people who have impacted both society and our school and really just be open and willing to learn from those around you.
Interviewer: What are the highlights of your time at the Bush School?
Deshae: I would say my best memories at the Bush School has really just been getting to know my peers. Texas A&M is a huge university, my undergrad was a huge university and so being in this really small intimate cohort with people who have a really similar mindset has been super enjoyable. And it’s really exciting to see all the different passions and interests that relate to the public sector and the public service that everybody is getting involved in.