BackgroundInterview Date:October 2019
Gender Identity: Male
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2019
High School Experience: Public high school in Wisconsin with a graduating class of about 400 students. There was a culture of going to college.
First-Generation College Student: Yes
Major: Political Science
Minors: History and Law & Justice double minor
Extracurricular Activities: I was a student-athlete in both the fall and spring. I was in Greek life, I joined Model United Nations and then [had a leadership position], I did Student Government until my sophomore year. I was part of a federally-funded program for first-generation students called TRIO. I got involved with the McNair Scholars program, which is another federally-funded program geared toward first-generation college students wanting to go to graduate school.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
The programs I was involved in as a first-generation student helped me quite a bit. The McNair Scholars program provided a lot of great experiences. Every summer I get to go study in a certain place and they give you a pretty generous stipend for it. Both times have been field research settings and it helped me develop my skills for graduate school. I had been involved with Model United Nations in high school, but being in a leadership role gave me a new perspective which helped with my leadership skills. Student Government can be a mess, but all of the positive and negative experiences I had there were valuable in their own way. That gave me some insight into how I feel about the actual government. The sports were valuable because they let me connect with people on campus. It’s a good setting to be involved with the community, there’s a sense of camaraderie, and I like to exercise and be competitive when I can.