News: Student Profiles
The analytical skills-based approach to teaching in coordination with the small class sizes have been hugely beneficial to my personal and professional career goals.
The La Follette School’s strong emphasis on development of analytical skills has made me a more intelligent consumer of information and increased my ability to use data to create evidence-based narratives framing public policy issues and solutions.
The people at La Follette really make a difference. Each student I have met at this school exudes a level of friendship and willingness to help that you would be hard pressed to find at other schools, especially grad programs. La Follette captures everything amazing about UW-Madison with the added benefit of an exceptional policy school based in a state capital.
Before graduate school, I had no background in political science, economics, or policy so the La Follette School has been influential on my academic path and incredibly helpful to me. I gained a foundation of coursework in areas such as economics and statistics and expanded my skill set through courses such as Policy Analysis and Cost-Benefit Analysis.
I definitely try to use my education and experiences to benefit those who don’t have the opportunity to attend college. I am a vessel of knowledge that can leave the campus and bring with me the ideas I have learned during my time on campus.
Not everyone has access to the same level of opportunity as I do, and that needs changing. A world with more equality of opportunity is attainable, and public policy is the key. I want my career goals to align with that broader notion, which starts with service to the underserved.
La Follette School alumni have been extremely helpful as mentors and prospective employers during my time here.
Nonpartisanship is essential to communicating impartial information to policymakers. It is essential to a functioning democracy. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have opinions—but when I put on my professional cap, they matter less than providing nonpartisan service to the public.
When considering La Follette, know that you will not be “just another face in the crowd.” The faculty and staff truly know your name and face, and you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other students.
I previously was an English teacher in South Korea, and I also worked for an international development organization in Washington, D.C. Pursuing a master’s degree in public affairs was the next logical step in developing myself professionally and seeking opportunities with more responsibilities.