January 04, 2016
Public policy major Sage Weikel '16 hopes to someday help people who have just had the worst day of their lives.
"I want to give back to all of the communities that are threatened by the wide range of disasters that could happen at any moment," Weikel says. "I have tremendous patience, know how to stay calm, and can communicate well, which are all imperative to success in emergency management."
That's why Weikel, who plans to work for the government, chose to major in public policy with a focus on public administration and nonprofit management.
"It is important to know why, how and for what purpose policies are created, especially as they relate to the nonprofits that are involved in disaster relief," says the native of Pipersville, Pa.
Weikel says he appreciates the support and mentorship he has received from Susquehanna's professors.
"I have never had a professor that has ever turned me away when I had a question. As long as you're polite and cordial with them, then they will treat you with the same level of respect," he says.
He has received personal guidance from Assistant Professor of Political Science Nicholas Clark, who helped him meet graduation requirements on time, and Associate Professor of Political Science Michele DeMary who helped him clarify his goals outside of the classroom.
"She guided me toward internships and other opportunities that were specific to my interest, and always encouraged me to get my foot in the door whenever possible," he says.
After graduation, Weikel plans to pursue a master's degree in emergency management.