News: Student Profiles
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.
I want to be an advocate for my kids at the state and federal government level. I want to advocate for racial integration in public schools along with other much-needed, wide-spread educational policy change.
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.
Even as an out-of-state student, I was aware of the La Follette School’s glowing reputation and the high quality of public administration research conducted here, so I was particularly interested in learning from some true experts.
As a public school teacher, I became frustrated with how much policy constrained my work in the classroom and decided to work toward giving teachers a voice to advocate for their students’ needs. I want to work to close the divide between best practices and actual practices in the field of education.
My time at La Follette has helped expose to me a wide variety of policy interests—our small community has students and professionals interested in everything, whether it’s health policy or issues in international finance.