Angela Filer's desire to create change by developing policies and programs that reduce social ills brought her to the La Follette School to earn a Master of Public Affairs degree.
The opportunity to choose classes and explore possible career paths prompted Diana Rosales Mitte to change her study-abroad semester into a three-year stay — and then to pursue a Master of International Public Affairs.
Ann Drazkowski wants to do something about the extreme inequality and poverty she has seen. The first-year student brings to La Follette School a blend of domestic and international experience in social policy.
Empathy in action — caring about other people and acting to help them in some way — draws Lacee Koplin to public service. "I volunteered at my local food pantry a lot while I was growing up, and that got me interested in social issues in a hands-on sense, but I felt like there was so much more I could do," the public affairs student says.
For Austin Frerick, education is the best way to improve society and the best way democracy can achieve equality. "As a first-generation college student, education has empowered me, and I want to make sure that others have the same opportunity," the first-year student says.