News: Student Profiles
The experience I have gained from this real-world work is invaluable and makes me feel more prepared to secure work after graduation.
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.
After every single course I have taken through the La Follette School thus far, I have been able to apply my new knowledge directly to my daily work. I have already improved as a legislative staffer immensely, and it is all thanks to graduate school at the La Follette School of Public Affairs.
I want to be an advocate for my kids at the state and federal government level. I want to advocate for racial integration in public schools along with other much-needed, wide-spread educational policy change.
All of my La Follette coursework so far has been very useful for gaining a more complete understanding of the policy-making process and methods for analyzing and comparing policy options.
Even as an out-of-state student, I was aware of the La Follette School’s glowing reputation and the high quality of public administration research conducted here, so I was particularly interested in learning from some true experts.
As a public school teacher, I became frustrated with how much policy constrained my work in the classroom and decided to work toward giving teachers a voice to advocate for their students’ needs. I want to work to close the divide between best practices and actual practices in the field of education.
My time at La Follette has helped expose to me a wide variety of policy interests—our small community has students and professionals interested in everything, whether it’s health policy or issues in international finance.
Graduate school has been incredible in helping me find new areas of interest and connecting me with professionals and peers who have been instrumental in setting me on a path that I am confident about.
Rourke O’Brien’s course on Inequality, Race and Public Policy helped me develop an understanding of the policy-making process and how it is impacted by social factors. Mark Copelovitch’s course on International Governance also helped me learn about policy-making in intergovernmental institutions.