The February student spotlight is on Daniel Schindler of Sussex. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, he moved to this area about two years ago and is a 2016 graduate of Hamilton High School. A political science major, Daniel is planning on a career in politics and is gaining valuable experience as Vice-President of the Student Government Association on campus. Daniel, who finds politics “extremely interesting and intricate,” is also running for Sussex village trustee and hopes to serve as President (of the United States) some day!
Name: Daniel Schindler
Major: Political Science
High School: Hamilton High School, 2016 Graduate
Career Goal: President of the United States of America (seriously)
Why did you choose your program/major? I chose to study political science, because I am pursuing a career in politics. I want to be able to serve the community and something more than just myself by making the places we live better places to be. I hope that one day I will be able to have a huge impact on the world around me and make our county a better place to be.
What surprised you most about UW-Waukesha when you arrived on campus? I was surprised by how close knit the campus really is, I walk down the hallways and I can’t go three feet without seeing someone that I know and have worked with before, it’s one of the best things about Waukesha.
Outside of being a college student, what takes up your free time? A lot of my free time is taken by the Student Government Association and work related to it. There is always something to be done in Student Government, and even if there isn’t there is something that we could make better or change on campus or in SGA itself. I also now work in Student Development, which takes up a lot of my free time between classes. It is really fun working with Sue Kalinka and Candy Decker in Student Development; you never know what excitement is in store when you walk in!
Favorite professor or staff member? My favorite staff member, while a hard choice, is Sue Kalinka. Sue is always willing to answer any questions anyone has and is very dedicated to UW-Waukesha. Her experience with student government and student development, are extremely helpful and appreciated by myself and many others. My favorite professor, would probably have to be Dylan Bennet. Bennet is a fantastic professor that creates excellent content in his courses as well as builds connections with his students. He has a great understanding of politics and creates an environment where people on both sides of the political aisle, or in the middle, can voice their opinions. I would recommend taking Bennet’s courses any day of the week, and he is someone I hold in high esteem.
What is your favorite class? My favorite classes are the political science classes that I have taken with Dylan Bennet, such as Intro to Politics and Terrorism. I love politics and its intricacies. The way the classes are structured and taught encourage lots of participation and individual research. Bennet teaches very well - even for someone who is well versed in politics - there is a lot to learn from him, and I highly respect him for it.
Plans after UW-Waukesha? After earning my Associate degree at UW-Waukesha I will be transferring to UW-Milwaukee to complete a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Following that, I will pursue a degree in law.
Advice for incoming UW-Waukesha students? Be present on campus, join a club, join an organization, work on campus. UW-Waukesha is a two year campus, if you come to school and just go to classes you can do that. But I did that before and only after joining clubs and being a part of the campus did I realize how much I regretted not joining sooner. Being part of something makes going to Waukesha a fantastic experience. Being a small campus it is so easy to get involved, so find something you’re interested in and join. If nothing interests you, then start a new club - but participate somehow.
If you don’t, you might just regret it.
Never forget what you’re working towards. Every paper, every homework assignment, every long night, every day, gets you one step closer to where you want to be. It doesn’t matter if you want to be a doctor, lawyer, accountant, or even the President, everyone of them started exactly where we are now, so make the most of it, and never forget the end goal, or else you might just lose out on it.
Additional Thoughts: Right now, SGA is one of my biggest priorities and takes a lot of my time up. It’s all worth it though and is great practice for my future career in politics. I hope to one day become the President of the United States of America, which is not a joke. I’m of the mindset that someone has to do it, so why can’t it be me? I find politics amazingly interesting and intricate, I love learning something new about the tiny things that people don’t think about when looking at politicians and what they actually do. I am currently running for Sussex village trustee and hope that my career will only go up from here