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Contact Admissions

In-Residence Degree Programs

Master of Public Service and Administration
Master of International Affairs

Bush School Admissions Office

(979) 862-3476
bushschooladmissions@tamu.edu

Contact Extended Education

Online & In-Residence Certificates

Advanced International Affairs
Homeland Security
Nonprofit Management

1-866-988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Capstone Experience with the Texas Legislature

May 09, 2017

As the daughter of two retired Army officers, I spent my childhood jumping around from state to state, which meant jumping from school to school. Drawing from my public education experiences, I am passionate about improving education from K-12 through higher education. Education is the gateway to social mobility and a tool to empower personal success. The place to profoundly impact education is at the state level, where policies largely determine the environment in which school districts operate. As an MPSA student concentrating in state and local government, as well as education policy, I had an exciting chance in spring 2017 to take all that I had learned at the Bush School to the Texas State Capitol to pursue my passion.

As a member of the 85th Texas Legislative Session capstone, I prepared ahead of time by taking extra classes in the fall, so that I could take one online class while working in Austin all spring. My fellow capstone members and I were in the hub of Texas state politics, individually placed in a legislator’s office, to analyze bills, conduct research, and communicate with constituents. We applied all that we had learned about the policymaking process to influence firsthand the creation of policy. The legislative capstone was an opportunity to gain valuable professional experiences and to acquire skills that are translatable to nearly all sectors of the workforce.

This capstone was one of many year-long opportunities presented to Bush School students to gain professional experience while completing coursework. While this was number one on my list, my colleagues chose other insightful options from clients that included the Texas State Comptroller, City of College Station, Houston FBI Field Office, Project ECHO at the U of New Mexico, The Aspen Institute, Texas Smart Schools, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Houston.


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Becky Calahan, MPSA ‘17