Graduated in May 2009
Major: political science
Hometown: Menasha, WI
Currently: Business process analyst at Thrivent Financial
Alumna Rachel Nutini said she explored a lot of other majors before political science and said it was a journey to figure out what she wanted to get from college.
“I kind of discovered through time that what I actually wanted from college was not just money, but a real understanding of some part of the world, some part of how things work and to be able to have a framework for thinking about life and issues,” Nutini said. “I found that I really had a lot of ‘why?’ questions.”
Nutini said she had questions on why things are the way they are and why things happen and found that political science helped her answer those questions.
“I really found that political science fed that piece of me that really wanted to know why and wanted to think deeply about things,” Nutini said. “It also gave me some good tools for analysis and for finding the right questions to ask so that you can get down to the nitty gritty of what’s going on.”
Nutini described her courses in political science as mind-opening and transformative, and said her critical thinking was developed through her political science courses. “This major has equipped me for any kind of life that I choose to have, and it’s one of the few majors I think you will find that really expands your world and doesn’t contract it” Nutini said. “Politics is often about conflict and choices, and if you get to know about all those things and learn to deal with them, you can do anything you want.” The political science professors have an open door policy and welcome visits during office hours, according to Nutini.
“Professors are going to help shape you into a better writer, a more concise speaker,” Nutini said. “They’ll help you with anything from the formation of outlines to improving your writing--basically any type of skill that you need in any part of life.”