Hometown: Appleton, WI
Major: Political science
Minor: Religious studies
Junior David Bebeau said he remembers his first day of class standing out because of how Professor David Siemers showed that he values his students. “I could see that he actually cared about getting students interested in his field,” Bebeau said. “It was just something that you don’t experience that often. Teachers sometimes take a ‘let it be-laissez faire’ approach where teachers allow students to show up or not, he actually had a vested interest in his students and his subject, which I thought was very admirable.”
Although Bebeau transferred to UW-Madison, he struggled with the decision to transfer because he said there are unique, positive aspects to the political science program at UW Oshkosh. "In my experience, UW Oshkosh allowed for greater in-class discussion and individual attention," Bebeau said. "Additionally, exams are graded by the professor rather than a graduate student, so feedback is then more astute and useful. UW Oshkosh is also generally more privileged to have smaller class sizes and active interaction with instructor and peers.
Bebeau said that there are misconceptions about political science, and he thinks they are fallacies. “They imagine that politicians and political scientists are one and the same and they are all a corrupt bunch,” Bebeau said. “When all is said and done, I think political scientists really seek to understand the world around them, and they should get a little more credit for what they do.”