Leah Badke

Leah Badke

Hometown:  Menomonee Falls, WI
College: Alverno College
Major:  Sociology
Minor:  Political Science

Why did you choose to attend Alverno College?
I chose Alverno for its welcoming environment and innovative feedback grading system. I also felt going to an all-women’s institution would be the best for my growth and to have a healthy environment to study with other women with similar goals as myself.

How has financial aid impacted your college experience?
Financial aid is the reason I can attend college. It has greatly relieved some of the stress that comes along with paying tuition and made my time in college much easier. It has given me the ability to focus on my academics and career building experiences.

What will a college degree mean to you?
A college degree would not only validate my hard work and effort but, as a first-generation college student, show my family that all the support they have given me has paid off.

Have you learned something during college you didn’t expect?
During my time at Alverno, I have discovered my passion for social change. This led me to my politics minor and my internship assisting with a reelection campaign. I was also a finalist for Alverno’s pick as a Newman Civic Fellow, which goes to one student who displays a commitment to public problem solving.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan on furthering my education in graduate school with a focus in political science. I will be attending a school in Wisconsin. I love Milwaukee and want to work to improve the quality of life for everyone in my community.

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