News: Student Profiles
The work at the La Follette School really connects you to a lot of community members, especially through projects with external clients.
What I like most about my classes is that they are made up of close-knit, hands-on groups of students where the work is closely or directly related to real-world circumstances.
The La Follette School has a been a great academic complement to the law program and has provided me with insights in cost-benefit analysis, policymaking, public budgeting, and economics that my fellow law students don’t currently have. I feel that on top of painting a clearer picture of how well-run governments function, the La Follette School makes me highly marketable and grants me invaluable skills.
I have developed a stronger understanding through my coursework of the inner workings of US government, our global energy systems, and new statistical tools. I’ve also learned a lot outside of class, specifically from some casual conversations I’ve had about politics with members of my cohort. More broadly, the program has helped me identify areas of politics I want more knowledge and experience in, which has guided the work projects I’ve focused on and the political books I’ve read recently.
To me, the idea of studying policy is more than theoretical knowledge. It’s learning how to make good decisions that help people. Everything I’ve learned, from policy options for increasing access to school lunches to the importance of environmental justice, is something that I’ll take out of class and apply to real-world situations.
I was part of the first graduating class of Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy students, which allowed me to take classes from La Follette faculty, including Lindsay Jacobs and Geoffrey Wallace. Developing these relationships, as well as the small cohort size drew me to the La Follette School. As someone interested in environmental policy, I was also drawn to the research and work of Greg Nemet and Manuel Teodoro.
At the La Follette School, you are going to find a ton of very good people – staff and faculty members trying to help you along with a whole community trying to improve this world.
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.
Coming from a political science background, the La Follette School made me realize that there is more to policy than partisan debate and antics. We look at a policy from an objective point of view and review the evidence in front of us to make the judgment call if the policy is “good” or not.