As far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with how and why organizations make the decisions they do. As an undergraduate student government leader, I worked extensively within my university’s shared governance process.
Manman Ding, MIPA, EAP
“In Cost-Benefit Analysis (PA 881), our team — three fantastic students plus me — is working for La Crosse County to address its shortage of childcare providers.”
Ethan Dickler, MPA
I worked in student government as an undergraduate and loved the policy making process. It was the highlight of my freshman year and I knew I wanted to pursue it as a career.
Austin Fraley, MIPA
“The La Follette School is great at providing connections with alumni who can give you great advice about what courses to take, what the ups and downs of their jobs are like, and just give you great guidance all around.”
Neil Janes – MIPA, MS URPL, BESR certificate
“Academically and professionally, I sought a challenging program that was a catalyst in its field. I was drawn to the prestige, longevity, and history of the La Follette School.”
Kao Lee Yang, MPA, PhD in Neuroscience
I intended to pursue a career as a psychologist. However, my grandmother passed away from dementia, and that changed my career trajectory. I wanted to learn more about dementia and how scientific knowledge of dementia could impact policies and practices that affect people living with the illness.
Nova Tebbe, MPA, MPH, Energy Analysis and Policy Certificate
“I went to a small school for my undergraduate studies, and I wanted to keep this tight-knit community while also having the resources of a large and world-renowned research university.”
Molly Gallagher, MPA
Several years of working in classrooms, research labs, and other educational arenas shaped my understanding of the shortcomings within education systems. This motivated me to improve learning outcomes for populations left at the margins of education.
Christine Welcher, MIPA
During my time working with small-scale and beginning farmers, I began to realize how the lack of portable benefits packages and incentives to save for retirement would affect not only a large and under-represented group of workers, but ultimately the U.S. economy.
Hayley Barwick, MPA
My most rewarding experience has been getting to know the community. My classmates have unique life experiences they bring to the classroom, which make discussions engaging.