I was attracted to the La Follette School because of its expertise in social policy, small class size, flexible courses structure, and family-like atmosphere.
The client-based project aspect of many courses has helped me develop better communication, time management, and team-working skills.
I am a project assistant for Professor Menzie Chinn, former senior economist with the White House Council of Economic Advisers. I was drawn to this position because of my strong interest in Professor Chinn’s research in international trade. We are doing research on the topic of elasticity of demand for US imports and exports.
The abundance of networking opportunities has allowed me to speak with professionals about their careers to determine if it is something I might enjoy, and a few conversations I’ve had have resulted in internship offers.
Graduate school is a time to explore! It is not necessary to start (or end!) school with a clearly defined career goal. The skills you’ll develop during your time at La Follette will be applicable in many fields.
The experience I have gained from this real-world work is invaluable and makes me feel more prepared to secure work after graduation.
On one of my first days in the program, a faculty member told our cohort, “If you’re interested in making money, you’re in the wrong program. We’re in the business of making the world a better place.” From that moment, I knew I made the right choice.
After every single course I have taken through the La Follette School thus far, I have been able to apply my new knowledge directly to my daily work. I have already improved as a legislative staffer immensely, and it is all thanks to graduate school at the La Follette School of Public Affairs.