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Ashley Judd Is Going Back to School at UC Berkeley to Earn a PhD

by Antoinette Bueno 7:59 AM PDT, August 16, 2016
Playing Ashley Judd Is Going Back to School at UC Berkeley to Earn a PhD

Ashley Judd is in the pursuit of higher education.

The 48-year-old actress revealed she's attending UC Berkeley in the fall to earn a PhD in public policy during a Q&A on Facebook Live on Monday. Judd got her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 2009, and earned a Masters in public administration with an emphasis in gender equality from Harvard in 2010.

"Sometimes I'm really excited, sometimes I'm like, 'What have I gotten myself into?!' Judd jokes. "I'm very esteemed and honored that they accepted me. It's the number one public policy school in the United States. They only accept two or three students a year."

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Judd is clearly not taking the honor lightly, given that she beat out plenty of competition to attend the Goldman School of Public Policy.

"I intend to make the best of my time at Berkeley, and do some good thinking, some rigorous research and fill it with my typical heart and soul, and see how I can continue to do my little part to make the world a better place," she says.

On a lighter note, the Double Jeopardy actress is also looking forward to typical student life.

"Yes, I have a backpack, and yes, I have a locker, and you know I have my outfit for the first day of school picked out," Judd says, flashing a big grin. "I know where to get good coffee. I got a student handbook to read."

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Judd has long been involved in politics and humanitarian work. She represented Tennessee as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and in 2013, she drew headlines for her possible bid against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, though she eventually decided not to run.

Last March, Judd penned an essay about violence against women, and said she was a survivor of sexual assault, rape, and incest.

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