News: Accelerated Program
On one of my first days in the program, a faculty member told our cohort, “If you’re interested in making money, you’re in the wrong program. We’re in the business of making the world a better place.” From that moment, I knew I made the right choice.
The rigorous nature of the school and the natural competition with students taught me what it would take to succeed and make a difference in a professional environment.
First-year student Laura Bunn received a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to study Portuguese during the 2018–19 academic year at UW–Madison. Bunn, who is in the La Follette School's Accelerated Program, expects to receive her bachelor’s degree in international studies, journalism, and Spanish in May.
At the La Follette School, I learned how to work with and manage large data sets and manipulate them with statistics. I use those skills every day.
The Georgetown Public Policy Review recently published a paper written by La Follette School student Sam Alhadeff. He wrote the paper, Reforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), for the Introduction to Policy Analysis course (PA 873) taught by Professor Dave Weimer.
The people at La Follette really make a difference. Each student I have met at this school exudes a level of friendship and willingness to help that you would be hard pressed to find at other schools, especially grad programs. La Follette captures everything amazing about UW-Madison with the added benefit of an exceptional policy school based in a state capital.
My ultimate goal is to get to a position where I can move the needle on poverty policy.
All of La Follette’s pillars are exactly the skills I use to succeed every day at my job: critically analyzing both qualitative and quantitative information, using those analyses to draw verifiable conclusions, and succinctly communicating my ideas and conclusions via both verbal and written communication.
I hope to use the analytical and management skills I learn at La Follette to fight for opportunity and economic mobility.