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.
My interest in policy stems from the idea that if you would like to see positive change, you need to take informed action.
Alum Sara Kock is back in her home state of South Dakota, where she is working as a management analyst for the Department of Education in Pierre.
When her second year as a teacher ended, Sara Kock left her South Dakota school district saying, "I have to do something more to help those children succeed." She came to the La Follette School the next fall to gain the technical skills she needs to inform education policy.
Two University of Wisconsin-Madison students, including one from the La Follette School of Public Affairs, were selected as a team finalist in the 2016 Policy Solutions Challenge USA competition.
Jason Fletcher, a professor of public affairs and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received an H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.
After a few years as a paralegal, Dan Marlin wasn't sure of his next career move, but he knew he didn't want to be a lawyer. "I didn't want to argue for a living," says the first-year public affairs student, "and I have always been intrigued by policy and politics."
I chose the La Follette School because it was highly ranked (particularly in social policy), affordable (particularly with the fellowship), practitioner-focused, and evidence-based.
Drew McDermott (MPA ’16) joined Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) as a business analyst on its Data Science team.