News: Student Profiles
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.
I was initially drawn to the La Follette School by the Accelerated MPA Program, which allows me to complete my MPA degree requirements with only one additional year of graduate studies. After being accepted to the Accelerated Program, I met with the incredibly kind and accommodating faculty at the La Follette School and was blown away by the tightly knit academic community they have cultivated.
Working as a teacher in a tribal school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during the Standing Rock pipeline protests made me aware of the issues in intertribal relations, specifically the lack of concern from those in power of the issues facing Indian country. Seeing my community being ignored by government spurred me on to work in government to change this.
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.
I feel more confident that I have the skills and abilities to succeed post-graduation and to work toward a career in public policy that I enjoy and am able to contribute meaningfully to.
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!
When it came time to choose where to enroll, I was especially drawn to the School’s smaller cohorts, students’ experiences that I had read about in these profiles, and the funding opportunities.
I feel as though I am introduced to new ideas and policy areas that I had never even heard of every single week. As you take more classes, attend seminars, and talk with new people, you will begin to figure out what policy areas are best for you.