Jacob Balter isn’t a typical student, and he found his place in a university built for students just like him.
The University of Baltimore was such a good fit for him that he decided to stay here for graduate school after he earned his B.A. in Government and Public Policy (now called Politics, Policy and International Affairs) in fall 2016. He is currently pursuing his Master in Public Administration.
“I never fit into the classic mold of a college student,” he said. “I worked my way through undergrad. I’ve had ups and downs. I’ve absolutely needed second chances in my life. My success is attributed to the people and places that remained constant and held me up while I navigated the challenges or work, school, and life. Without my advisers, professors and network at UB, I would not have graduated from undergrad and been given the opportunity to succeed in the M.P.A. program.”
Also a UB Community Development Fellow, Balter has been working with Jubilee Arts’ Youth in Business program. There, he helps Baltimore City high school students operate a youth-owned cooperative arts-based business.
“UB is a mechanism for its students to make an impact in Baltimore,” he said, adding, “The connections and opportunities UB has afforded me has allowed me to make practical applications of what I learn in class in real projects, which make an impact in Baltimore.”