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.
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.
“Being able to bring together my experience working with renewable energy technologies and the policy lessons from the EAP Program will be incredibly valuable as I move forward in my career”
“I’ve been able to build more analytical and quantitative skills at La Follette and take energy-specific classes through the Energy Analysis & Policy program.”
It was during my time as a resource navigator that I became passionate about helping refugees. I had always known that I wanted to “do good,” but I felt through helping recent immigrants and refugees that I had found my calling. I grew frustrated at the bureaucratic challenges my patients faced, and I knew a MIPA degree was right for me.
I recommend (that prospective students choose their) courses carefully and ask for plenty of advice from faculty, alumni, etc. You may realize you could use certain kinds of skills for your future career, and if you learn about them early, you can pick appropriate courses. You have only four semesters at the La Follette School, so every course counts.
Hometown Bakersfield, CA Undergraduate education Bachelor’s degree in political science and ethnic studies, minor in law and society, University of California, San Diego Professional/research interests Community development, civic engagement, youth leadership, minoritized communities, workers’ rights, …
I have been an active volunteer since I went to college, and I am always willing to help others and try to solve social issues such as lack of education in rural areas, poor living conditions in orphanages, severe air pollution, and so on.
“I met with the incredibly kind and accommodating faculty at the La Follette School and was blown away by the tightly knit academic community they have cultivated.”
“The small class size has allowed me to meet some amazing people who have helped make virtual learning easier.”