Will Green


Political Science, Economics


Public Policy Analysis Certificate

Prairie Village, KS

Why you chose your major

I have always been interested in "how the world works"- current events, politics, social behavior, etc. I initially chose political science because I had taken AP Government in high school and developed a penchant for the subject. I was not able to take economics in high school and had been given the clear from my academic advisor to take macroeconomics my second semester of freshman year. I wound up loving the subject and have stuck with it ever since. I discovered the Public Policy Analysis Certificate through my political science career planning course freshman year. I had an interest in public policy, decided to take one of the core courses for the certificate the fall semester of my sophomore year, loved it, and added the certificate to my degree plan.

Favorite and/or most impactful course

POLS250 with Dr. Hibbing. Ironically enough, POLS250 does not lie in my political science concentration. However, the niche nature of the course (genetics, the brains, and politics) appealed to me, and Dr. Hibbing essentially pioneered the study. There are few academic opportunities one could wish to experience more than being taught a subject by someone who was instrumental in its founding. The course was outstanding; It sparked my curiosity and further reassured me in my decision to come to UNL. It also was the first course that required me to write a research paper, an essential skill to learn in college and one I will likely use in my later career.

Research or internship experience

I currently serve as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. In this position, I assist staff members on a variety of policy projects (local, state, and federal). Not only has the position given me empirical work experience, it has also taught me the subtle nuances of office culture: how to dress properly, how to navigate Microsoft Teams, how to effectively make connections.

Other involvement

University Singers, Voting Ambassadors

Why you chose Nebraska

I decided to come to Nebraska because it fit every major tenet I was looking for in a college. I knew I wanted to come to a bigger school, and when I toured Nebraska, I felt that both the faculty and student body were incredibly welcoming and were willing to help me with anything I needed. I also felt that Nebraska could provide me opportunities that would help advance my career goals. After applying, I received scholarships that made my attendance feasible, and I knew that Nebraska was where I wanted to be.

Student Ambassadors group

Student Ambassadors are undergraduate students who talk to prospective students, parents, alumni, and the general public about the college.