Major: Economics and Applied Mathematics with a certificate in German
Why did you join WUD’s Society and Politics?
I joined WUD SoPo my freshman year since I had Wednesday nights off and not much else on my plate. Eventually it went on to become a place where I could learn what my peers think about the world, what perspectives this campus has and just somewhere to take my mind off school. It was also the 2016 presidential election season so SoPo became a safe haven for me and others to talk about reactions and sentiments about the results while learning to be respectful of all opinions.
I really fell in love with this idea of SoPo being a place to foster discussion and get people talking about the world around them. Even though the name suggests politics, most of our discussions boil down to philosophy and social values students have on this campus and how they use this to make sense of society. Not only did I enjoy these conversations, but I also wanted to create them and lead a group that thrived on diversity of thought, background, and experiences. I felt like I could enact change and that’s what made me stay.
Everything! WUD is special to me because it has allowed me view this campus as my own and somewhere I could make lasting change. Not to mention all the amazingly talented individuals I have met through this journey who make me live in the present and excited for the future.
WUD to me is a social classroom. Every day I do something WUD related, I am learning. Whether it is learning how to communicate with different kinds of people over different mediums of communication or whether it is learning how to set up an A/V display on a projector to learning how I can be a better person and leader, each day is new and full of growth. It is also a place that lets me make mistakes and see what I can improve about myself, my surroundings, and my campus.
Do it! There is no other organization on campus that can provide this kind of exposure and develop such important interpersonal skills. Positions that are held by students in WUD are full-time jobs held by older and experienced professionals outside. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to test and grow yourself!
My favorite place in the Union are the steps by the waters of Lake Mendota. You can sit there only in the summer, but the view is priceless at any time.