Chris Prosch is a senior from Estelline, S.D. majoring in political science and communication studies.
Morgan Matzen: What are your career goals?
Chris Prosch: I want to own my own business and be a politician.
MM: What kind of business do you want to own?
CP: My own equity firm specializing mostly in investments.
MM: What got you interested in that?
CP: Money. I want to provide for my family though, honestly.
MM: What kind of politician do you want to be? What do you want to run for?
CP: U.S. Congress to start out.
MM: What got you interested in politics?
CP: I wanted to be a lawyer at first, but then I realized that this country has an overabundance of lawyers. The national average that a lawyer makes is $60,000 from what I’ve read, and that wasn’t good enough for me. I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I want to make more money than that. I want to be a politician just for the simple fact of genuinely educating and helping people who don’t understand certain policy issues. I want to help them see beyond the biased media so they can research on their own.
MM: What do you like to do with your time?
CP: Researching, mostly. I love writing papers just so I can become more well-informed on topics in my interests. Obviously Netflix is also a priority, although it probably shouldn’t be.
MM: Have you had any internships or any experience with politics?
CP: I’ve campaigned with several state-level politicians. The Noem campaign, Thune campaign and I was an intern at the United Nations for a while.
MM: What did you do there?
CP: I was an intern for the Iraqi Emission to the UN. Basically, I met with the Iraqi Ambassador to the UN a couple times, that was kind of cool. I met with his people and they basically told me to go to the UN and go to these meetings on their behalf and take notes for them and report back to them what specific interests of those meetings would affect the country of Iraq. It was very interesting. I learned a great difference between the religion of Islam and the difference between Sunnis and Shia. Most Americans don’t really understand that because, again, the media portrays Islam as a negative evil. I’m not saying I’m pro or against, I’m just saying people should take the time to learn the difference. It’s kind of like Protestants and Catholics.