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DC Semester Q and A

Adam G. Bowling
Fall 2012

Incredible internships. Incredible friends. Incredible memories.

Brief bio:

I am a senior from Powder Springs, Georgia and study Environmental Health in the College of Public Health. While a student at UGA, I have been fortunate to study abroad twice in order to study the use of traditional medicines in China as well as sustainable development and access to healthcare services in Australia. I am very involved on campus and served as a member of the Arch Society.

Expected graduation:

May 2013

Degree objective:

B.S. Environmental Health

Why I went:

I believe that the Washington Semester Program is a unique opportunity to combine academic coursework and work experience, in one of the world’s premier cities. The program provides an incredible opportunity to see how the government really operates. As a student in the College of Public Health, an internship was required for graduation and I wanted to use the opportunity to gain experience in the field of environmental policy. Finally, I had not visited D.C. before and was excited to spend the semester in such an exciting community with other motivated students.

Favorite spot to visit:

Favorite DC spot… What a tough question!  I loved getting to explore DC during the semester.  Nights walking the National Mall with friends, Chinatown, seeing the Nationals play baseball, church and brunch on Sunday mornings, National Botanic Garden, food trucks at Farragut Square, Eastern Market, and more tours and museums than you could ever imagine.

Most memorable day:

Late one night, my supervisor at work took me and two other interns on a tour of the West Wing of the White House. It was completely surreal to walk through places like the Rose Garden, Roosevelt Room, and the Oval Office (though we didn’t step inside the last one).

Why I'm glad I went:

I absolutely loved my time in DC. The internship experience was incredible and I consider it to be one of my most valuable learning experiences in college. I made many wonderful friendships and lasting memories. This program was also one of the first times that I began to interact with UGA alumni on a regular basis and it was cool to see how much the “Bulldawg Nation” means to everyone.

Where I interned:

White House Council on Environmental Quality

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