News: Student Profiles
I definitely try to use my education and experiences to benefit those who don’t have the opportunity to attend college. I am a vessel of knowledge that can leave the campus and bring with me the ideas I have learned during my time on campus.
Not everyone has access to the same level of opportunity as I do, and that needs changing. A world with more equality of opportunity is attainable, and public policy is the key. I want my career goals to align with that broader notion, which starts with service to the underserved.
La Follette School alumni have been extremely helpful as mentors and prospective employers during my time here.
Nonpartisanship is essential to communicating impartial information to policymakers. It is essential to a functioning democracy. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have opinions—but when I put on my professional cap, they matter less than providing nonpartisan service to the public.
When considering La Follette, know that you will not be “just another face in the crowd.” The faculty and staff truly know your name and face, and you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other students.
I previously was an English teacher in South Korea, and I also worked for an international development organization in Washington, D.C. Pursuing a master’s degree in public affairs was the next logical step in developing myself professionally and seeking opportunities with more responsibilities.
The La Follette School has helped me explore options. I learned about nonprofit work during my summer internship with Health Access Connect and during the La Follette in D.C. career development trip, I saw what private sector and consulting work might be like.
During my undergraduate studies, I worked at a municipal consulting firm (Center for Government Research), that worked with local communities to improve government services. I enjoyed the work as well as knowing that we were improving people’s lives. I determined that a public affairs degree would give me the skills that I’d need to pursue that line of work as a career.
Before coming to La Follette, I spent three years living and working in New York City as a home visitor, providing services to Spanish-speaking immigrant families and subsequently as a resource development associate at a nonprofit organization in the New York Housing Authority’s Queensbridge Houses.