Student Spotlight: Abby Wichlacz

Abby Wichlacz. Wearing glasses, long necklace, and burnt-orange turtleneck.

Abby Wichlacz is a junior double-majoring in political science and sociology of law, criminology, & justice. Read their Student Spotlight Q&A to learn more about them and their experiences as a political science student.

What is your hometown?

West Bend, WI.

Why did you choose to major in political science?

I’ve always had a passion for politics and social change! I love learning about history and societal structures and political science is a great combination of the two!

What has been your favorite political science course at UMN?

POL 4891: The Politics of Nuclear Weapons.

How are you involved on campus?

I am the Co-Communications Director of the Undergraduate Political Science Association (UPSA) and I work at the UMN Bookstore!

What is your favorite part of the political science department?

The faculty and staff! I’ve met so many amazing instructors and staff members through the department who have all helped me become a stronger political scientist!

What do you hope to do after graduation? How has studying political science prepared you?

I hope to attend graduate school and receive a PhD in sociology! Political science has helped me develop stronger reading and writing skills, along with a greater ability to critically engage with others and the world around me.

What advice would you give to prospective political science students?

Take your time to figure things out! Education isn’t a race—if you aren’t sure what you want to do during or after school, explore your options. Everyone acts like they have everything figured out already, but that’s not quite true.

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