The DC Semester program gave me clarity on what and where I need to be to jumpstart my career- it's now evident that this is the hub for opportunity and growth.
I’m a recent graduate looking to make an impact in the environmental or public health realm. Although I dislike roller coasters, I adore adrenaline, adventure, all things food related, and animals. I’m a huge environmentalist and I’m constantly on the search for how to reduce my carbon footprint even in the smallest, most trifling ways.
Bachelor of Arts
Why I went:
I wanted to do something that would set me apart from other political science majors. I learn the most when I’m completely out of my comfort zone and in a new setting. D.C. wasn’t any sort of culture shock, but it placed me in a place where everyone was very civically engaged and that was the environment I was looking for all along.
Favorite spot to visit:
The steps of the U.S. Supreme Court and the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol! I’m in absolute awe when I think of the amount of history, court cases and politicians that set foot on the same ground.
Most memorable day:
The most memorable day was actually the day I moved out of Delta Hall. It had snowed and before I departed, a few of us decided to walk to the Capitol. Everything was blanketed in snow; we had a snowball fight on Capitol grounds and grabbed coffee at a local spot right after to warm up. It was a great way to close my time with the Washington Semester Program with some of the best people.
Why I'm glad I went:
Previously in my international affairs courses, I felt like I knew so little relative to my peers. Spending a semester in D.C. not only provided me with a valuable and meaningful experience, but everything I learned was relevant and applicable. I got out of my comfort zone and met new people I likely wouldn’t have met otherwise. My internship was a phenomenal experience and showed me another issue area I’m passionate abuot.