Patrick Schmidt

Patrick Schmidt


Political Science


French, History, National Security Studies, and Public Policy Analysis Certificate

South St. Paul, MN

Why you chose your major

I have taken French since middle school and have always been interested in learning about history in order to apply what we've learned to the future. My political science major really only came into my life after I took International Relations (POLS 160) my freshman year, and I realized that a lot of the work I want to do involves traveling, facilitating diplomacy, and helping people through politics and policy.

Favorite and/or most impactful course

The class that has made the biggest impact on me is international relations (POLS 160). As I mentioned earlier it is what really drove me to become a political science major and pursue that career path. Along with being very interesting to me generally, it gave me a basis for many of the organizations that are influential in international diplomacy, and tied my interests in history, language, and national security altogether as well.

Research or internship experience

I have worked at the Nebraska Legislature for one legislative session and am currently working a second one as a Legislative Page. It is a great program that gives super interesting insight into how bills become laws and how a legislature functions on a day-to-day basis.

Nebraska's legislature is special in that it is the only unicameral, or one-house, non-partisan legislature in the country. Being able to help facilitate the creation of new policy to benefit Nebraskans in one of the most unique political environments in the country has been a tremendous learning and work opportunity for me.

Other involvement

Besides working as a legislative page, I am a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band Drumline. I play the cymbals, and am planning to take over as Cymbal Rank Leader in the fall for my final marching band season.

Why you chose Nebraska

I fell in love with campus when I first set foot on it, and I was lucky enough to go to a husker game on my first trip here. As an out-of-state student, that experience was a magical one, and I was hooked instantly!

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