Featured Alum: Teagan Bothun

Teagan Bothun graduated from UW-Green Bay in May of 2019. She double-majored in Democracy and Justice Studies and Political Science. Teagan now works as a Customer Specialist Lead at Schneider.

Why did you decide to major in DJS and Political Science? I decided to major in DJS and Political Science for a few reasons. First, while I was in attendance at UW-Whitewater doing my general education I took a few classes that touched on past and present inequalities that many face in our country. Second, I have always found our government and politics to be interesting, I wanted to learn more about it and I wanted to use that knowledge to make a difference in our world. Lastly, I believe that every person should be informed of the systems that are created to represent them.

What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of the people I met and the connections I made while in school. I certainly could have gone to an online school and taken similar courses but the smaller moments and the interactions I had at both UW-W and UW-GB could not have been replicated by an online school and those connections are what I cherish and remember most. The people I met, for better and worse, helped me become who I am today. I am really proud of that and truly grateful for it.

What is an important goal or accomplishment you are currently working on? I’m actually focusing on my other loves at the moment. I have always enjoyed coming up with and writing stories so right now I’m working on harnessing those thoughts and ideas into a book series that I hope to get published when I’m done with it. I’m also looking into opening a bookstore with two of my close friends.

What do you do for fun? As previously mentioned, I love stories. So I spend a lot of time reading books, watching tv shows or movies, and writing. But I also enjoy spending time with my friends so I’m often making plans with friends, classmates, and professors.

What else do you want people to know about you? After I graduated in May, I moved into working with the City of Green Bay Mayor’s Office in addition to my full-time job at Schneider. The past four months have taught me so much about the inner workings of local government and helped me understand the impact that the smallest of things have on the world. But it also helped me figure out what is and isn’t for me. Sometimes I get so caught up in my checklists of experiences that I forget to live them, my time at UW-GB has helped me figure out how to be cognizant of that and I’m forever grateful for it.

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