Michael Weaver, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Michael WeaverWhat brought you to UW–Madison?

I am a recent graduate of Kentucky State University, an HBCU (Historically Black College / University), where I received my BA in Music and served as the student government president and a student regent. Serving in this and several other leadership capacities led to my passion for higher education. My background as a Black, first-generation student guided me to pursuing a degree in educational leadership and policy analysis.

"My background as a Black, first-generation student guided me to pursuing a degree in educational leadership and policy analysis."

How do you feel going into fall semester?

Going into the fall semester, there are many emotions that I and other students are feeling. Nervous, overwhelmed, and unsure are just some of the emotions, but most of all, the feeling of excitement takes over all the negative feelings. I am confident that this will be one of the best semesters for all students in regard to innovation and creativity.

What will your focus be this semester?

My focus this semester is to really lock in academically and give it my all. Research isn’t a strength currently, but I’m looking to make it a strength by the end of the semester.

"With dreams and aspirations of becoming a student affairs professional, Madison is the best place for me to learn and start my career."

What are your career plans after graduation?

Upon graduation, there is a very strong possibility that I will continue my education here at UW–Madison and pursue a doctoral degree in the ELPA program. With dreams and aspirations of becoming a student affairs professional, Madison is the best place for me to learn and start my career.

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