Laura Arline Bayne
DC Semester helped me get the most out of my time in Washington- it went far beyond the professional experience to a life experience.
I am a Political Science and International Affairs graduate from the School of Public and International Affairs. I was given the opportunity the fall of my senior year to be the National Security and Foreign Policy Fellow for Senator Chambliss. Two years after graduation I am back in Athens, married to a great man, leading my sorority alumnae chapter, and working at a law firm.
Political Science, International Affairs
Why I went:
I have always been interested in politics, and once offered the Fellowship for Senator Chambliss’ office I knew I wanted to join the DC Semester program. Immediately upon arriving it was clear I had made the right decision- the curriculum and opportunities were amazing.
Favorite spot to visit:
Eastern Market on a Saturday morning, or H street when they have a farmer’s market. Both are eclectic experiences and get you into the more unique areas of Washington.
Most memorable day:
My husband came to visit me in D.C. when we were dating and we started with a trip up the Washington monument, I gave him a personal Capitol Tour, and I was even given some tickets to the garden tour at the White House. We topped it all off with my favorite place in Chinatown- Matchbox.
My second most memorable day was when I sat in on a live debate between Senator Liberman and Senator Chambliss on PBS Newshour.
Why I'm glad I went:
I learned so much as to how a Congressional office works, and I loved the opportunities to sit on historically significant votes. I enjoyed the freedom to explore the city.