Thursday, October 11, 2012

Paul Ryan College

The Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election, Paul Ryan, has undeniably a remarkable college education. Just in case you are curious about the specific details of Paul Ryan's college education, check out below...

Paul Ryan attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Janesville, where he played on the seventh-grade basketball team. Ryan attended Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, where he was elected president of his junior class, and thus became prom king. As class president Ryan was a representative of the student body on the school board. 

Following his sophomore year, Ryan took a job working the grill at McDonald's. He was on his high school's ski, track and varsity soccer teams and played basketball in a Catholic recreational league. He also participated in several academic and social clubs including the Model United Nations. Ryan and his family often went on hiking and skiing trips to the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

When he was 16 years old, Paul Ryan found his 55-year-old dad lying dead in bed of a heart attack. Following the passing of his father, Ryan's grandmother moved in with the family, and because she had Alzheimer's, Ryan helped care for her while his mother commuted to college in Madison, Wisconsin. After his dad's death Ryan received Social Security survivors benefits until his 18th birthday, which were saved up in order to pay for his college education.

It has to be noted that Ryan majored in economics and political science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he became interested in the writings of Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Milton Friedman. He often visited the office of libertarian professor Richard Hart to talk about the theories of these economists and of Ayn Rand. Hart introduced Ryan to the National Review and with Hart's recommendation Ryan began internship in the D.C. office of Wisconsin Senator Bob Kasten where he worked with Kasten's foreign affairs adviser. Ryan as well attended the Washington Semester program at American University. 

Ryan worked summers as a salesman for Oscar Mayer and once got to drive the Wienermobile. During college, Ryan was a member of the College Republicans and volunteered for the congressional campaign of John Boehner. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta social fraternity. Ryan received a B.A. in 1992 with a double major in economics and political science.

What do you think of Paul Ryan's college education?

Source: Wikipedia

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