For Melissa Berger, local trumps global. After completing a bachelor's degree in international political science, the La Follette student worked as a real estate agent and grounded herself in Madison and its myriad development and city management processes. "I find I enjoy making a local difference," she says.
The classmates and professors I’ve met are some of the smartest, most reflective, and most passionate people I have known.
For Xiaojia "Lydia" Bi, public service is about breaking down barriers, whether in helping people in developing countries or supporting sustainable wetland restoration in New Orleans.
Alisha Bower has a plan that will take her to Latin America and then bring her home to the United States, ultimately to run a farm. "I want to work in international agriculture development," the first-year student says, "then I will return to the U.S., put down roots and work on sustainable agriculture issues, eventually transitioning into farming myself."
After six years in the private sector, Claire Boyce knew she wanted to hone her management and analytical skills.
Pete Braden's life work is to bring an end to factory farming. "Industrial farms torture animals, destroy the land, spread disease and cause unnecessary human hunger," says the first-year La Follette School student.
La Follette School student Kayla Brenner is spending her summer convincing businesses to do more to improve the health of people in Wisconsin communities.
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.
The opportunity to blend interests in China's language, culture and socioeconomic problems brings student Emily Brunjes to the La Follette School of Public Affairs.
La Follette offers an accelerated program where undergraduates interested in public policy can start graduate courses during their senior year and finish both degrees in five years. This was a fantastic opportunity for me to participate in La Follette’s world-class program while saving a bit of money!