Student Profiles: Sam Polstein

Sam Polstein

“My UW–Madison education has taught me that great opportunities are out there, but you have to work hard to find them — and then prove yourself when they are given to you.” — Sam Polstein

Sam, a UW-Madison sophomore, has taken part in experiences both inside and outside the classroom while pursuing a major in political science.

When asked to name his most memorable class, Sam chooses Political Science 181, Topics in Political Analysis taught by Professor Booth Fowler, saying that it opened his mind to ways to think about politics and the world in general.

Sam traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby the Wisconsin congressional delegation on the merits of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which expanded federal Pell Grants. While in the nation’s capital, he attended lobbying meetings with then Representative Steve Kagen and then Representative David Obey’s chief of staff. Sam viewed the meetings as an opportunity to advocate on behalf of a bill with the very people who could bring about change.

Sam believes that his education at UW-Madison includes learning real-world skills that cannot be learned at other institutions. He is gaining leadership skills and strengthening a desire to influence changes in the world.

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