Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies, UW-Madison, May 2012
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health - Carbone Cancer Center
How have your La Follette School courses and/or experiences contributed to meeting your career goals?
So far I’ve used skills from public personnel management, cost-benefit analysis, and public management the most. My job focuses on interpersonal relationships with a smaller data analysis component so the quantitative skills are not as necessary. Communicating complex topics simply to both expert and non-expert audiences is crucial.
Most challenging experience at the La Follette School
Deciding which electives to pick was always a challenge. There are so many interesting courses in the La Follette School and elsewhere in the UW that picking just a few was difficult.
Most rewarding experience at the La Follette School
Working with real world clients in the Capstone and Program Evaluation courses was a highlight of the program for me. Often in our courses, we deal with ideal scenarios: we have an ideal data set, the goals and milestones are clear, etc. However, real world clients do not have ideal scenarios, or sometimes even a clear idea of how to measure success or completion, and working with this group is refreshing. These projects, and the organizational challenges of meeting with different stakeholders and delivering a rigorous, but ultimately useful, product is both practical and challenging which I found to be very rewarding.
Why would you recommend the La Follette School to a prospective student?
World-class faculty, an intimate cohort, and a broad university to cater to practically any policy interest. Develop a PhD program so I can come back.
Why an MPA?
As an undergraduate, I knew I wanted to be involved in the political process but did not want to just go work my way up the Hill. After doing project management work for a few years, I determined that my own particular skillset was more suited to political management focused on policy.
Why the La Follette School?
All the above. Primarily, though, it was a reputation for excellence, recommendations from alumni who were personal friends, and my own proximity having lived in the Madison area since 2008.
As an undergrad, I was vice-chair of Associated Students of Madison (ASM), UW-Madison’s student government organization. While at La Follette, I was on the staff of the Badger Herald, one of UW-Madison’s student newspapers. I’m also an amateur Tolkien scholar.