Paul Leeker, from Colwich, enjoyed his professors in the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs and their assistance in preparing him for a career as a public administrator.
Paul is one of more than 3,500 students eligible for spring 2021 graduation. Learn more about his time at Wichita State and what is next for the grad.
What degree did you earn?
My degree is a Master's of Public Administration.
What is your hometown?
What led you to Wichita State to begin?
I was attracted to the fact that Wichita State is the only urban research university in the state of Kansas. I enjoy the vibrancy and uniqueness of the students at Wichita State.
How are you feeling leading up to graduation?
I am excited to be started in my career as a public administrator. I am also feeling thankful for how supportive Wichita State University has been over the pandemic. That support helped me make it through my final year of graduate school.
What has been your most helpful learning experience while a student at Wichita State?
Hands down, the most helpful learning experience I had while a student at Wichita State was the exposure to highly skilled, passionate and engaged professors who truly care about their students.
What was been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I experienced as a student was the transition to remote learning brought on by the pandemic. I was able to overcome that struggle with the help of my cohort and the faculty and staff of the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to work in public administration - hopefully at Sedgwick County.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your time at Wichita State or your post-graduation plans?
The pandemic has shown me how important it is to be flexible and to lean on support systems. No one could have made it through this pandemic without others.
What advice would you give other Wichita State students?
I would encourage other Wichita State students to appreciate the unique opportunities they have. Take the time to get to know your fellow students and your campus. This is a wonderful community to be a part of.