Erin Steglich is a first-year Bush School Student who previously received her Bachelor’s in Agricultural Leadership and Development and Agricultural Science from Texas A&M. She is pursuing her Master’s in Public Service and Administration with a concentration in Public Policy Analysis.
Howdy. My name is Erin Steglich and I am a Master of Public Service and Administration in the Class of 2024 on the Public Policy Analysis track. Before attending the Bush school, I received my Bachelor’s of Agricultural Leadership and Development in Agricultural Science from Texas A&M University and have previously done internships with the National Association of Wheat Growers and Winfield United.
Why did you choose to attend the Bush School?
I chose to attend the Bush School for numerous different reasons. One of the main reasons was the financial assistance that I was able to receive from the Bush school, because without it I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford to pursue a master’s degree at the university. Additionally, I really loved that I could gain a diverse background of experiences and really benefit from the experiences of a diverse array of professionals and students as well. I would tell prospective students that they should attend the Bush School because it will really broaden your horizons and allow you to reach new heights that you haven’t been able to see before.
What did you appreciate most about your first semester?
Probably the best thing about my first semester was the support that I received from faculty and staff at the Bush School. All of my professors were very open and honest with us in their communications. They were also so excited to have us in class and to really gain our perspective on a variety of topics. So it really helped to personalize the experience for me in all of the classes that I took.
Tell me about an experience that inspired you to choose public service.
The most influential experience for me in choosing to pursue public service was the internship I did with the National Association of Wheat Growers in Washington, D.C. With this experience, I was able to interact with congressional members and their staff to really have a greater understanding of the legislative process, as well as the background of how to influence public policy at a national level.
What would you tell a younger version of yourself applying to the Bush School?
I would tell a younger version of myself applying to the Bush School that you shouldn’t be worried about what other people are majoring in or what they are studying, because the experiences that you have gained and the passion that you have is enough to get you into the Bush School and to succeed in your studies.