I was especially drawn to the Accelerated MPA program because it has allowed me to begin working on my master’s degree while finishing up my bachelor’s degree. The small class size has allowed me to meet some amazing people who have helped make virtual learning easier.
The La Follette School offers more freedom in course schedules by allowing students to take electives (even in other departments) rather than having our schedules structured for us. This was important for me because I wanted to keep up with my women’s studies background.
Before I started the program, my career goals were focused on working in or with a school district or advocacy organization to create and implement community-based, just policies. After taking Public Management with Professor Tana Johnson and Education Policy in Context and Action with Professor Annalee Good, I am considering work focused on program evaluation and participatory action research.
Having attended a small college for my undergraduate education, the La Follette School’s small class sizes and opportunities to get to know faculty well were a big reason I chose the program. The La Follette School has the same feel as a small school while providing access to the perks of a large university.
The classes, people, activities are pushing me out of my comfort zone and helping me discover my hidden potential. The qualitative interactions enabled me to gain a greater sense of self. Choosing the La Follette School has been one of the best decisions of my life!
The accelerated program was a perfect fit for me because I was initially excited to enter the job market with my undergraduate degree but unsure of what to do. The La Follette MPA program has offered so many new possibilities and has helped me narrow my path for a future career.
Mitch McFarlane, a student in the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program, will lead La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) for 2020-21. Graduate students elected McFarlane as vice president for the 2019-20 academic year and as president in spring 2020.
As the La Follette School’s Class of 2020 graduation speaker, Shireen Ohadi-Hamadani reflected on her grandmother’s life and envisioned a more just and equitable society. Ohadi-Hamadani said via video that she decided to attend the La Follette School to protect people like her grandmother.
Presidential knowledge paid off big time for Mitch’s Witches at the La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) Fall 2019 Trivia Fundraiser. By knowing the first president born in a completely independent United States, the team of first-year students took first place in the 12-team competition at Giant Jones Brewing on Wednesday, Oct. 30.