News: Student Profiles
Several years of working in classrooms, research labs, and other educational arenas shaped my understanding of the shortcomings within education systems. This motivated me to improve learning outcomes for populations left at the margins of education.
During my time working with small-scale and beginning farmers, I began to realize how the lack of portable benefits packages and incentives to save for retirement would affect not only a large and under-represented group of workers, but ultimately the U.S. economy.
The La Follette School provides a robust independent study structure that allows you to pair personal interests and experiences with real-world clients that make the classroom material that much more enriching.
My most rewarding experience has been getting to know the community. My classmates have unique life experiences they bring to the classroom, which make discussions engaging.
I began the year working with Professor Greg Nemt to prepare content for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report. Since then, I’ve worked on research for projects on policies related to technological innovation, low energy demand, and carbon removal.
It was during my time as a resource navigator that I became passionate about helping refugees. I had always known that I wanted to “do good,” but I felt through helping recent immigrants and refugees that I had found my calling. I grew frustrated at the bureaucratic challenges my patients faced, and I knew a MIPA degree was right for me.
I recommend (that prospective students choose their) courses carefully and ask for plenty of advice from faculty, alumni, etc. You may realize you could use certain kinds of skills for your future career, and if you learn about them early, you can pick appropriate courses. You have only four semesters at the La Follette School, so every course counts.
I have been an active volunteer since I went to college, and I am always willing to help others and try to solve social issues such as lack of education in rural areas, poor living conditions in orphanages, severe air pollution, and so on.
Helping officials in Brown County determine if removal of harmful blue green algae in Green Bay would have net costs or benefits really felt like an apt application of the Wisconsin Idea. Helping to determine if the water quality could be improved would have a direct impact on many Wisconsinites.
I was drawn to UW–Madison because of my respect for the history of social change and challenge driven by students and select faculty, from the Civil Rights Movement era and beyond—Chicanx students, Black American students, environmental justice advocates, workers’ rights advocates, and allies who have driven change locally and nationally.