This experience will change the rest of my life. There is no better way to live, work, and take classes in such a great city. DC has been the highlight of my college career, no doubt.
I am an International Affairs major from Roswell, GA. While in DC in spring of 2014, I interned for Senator Johnny Isakson with the press and scheduling team. My time with the Washington Semester Program was one of the best experiences of my college career.
Why I went:
Interning in Washington, DC has always been a goal of mine. Even though I love UGA, I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had to explore the world outside of Athens. Spending an entire semester in DC has opened my eyes to so many opportunities and a professional network that I would not have otherwise. I learned so much and gained priceless real world experience.
Favorite spot to visit:
The Lincoln Memorial is my favorite spot in DC. If I ever had free time, I would run to the memorial and sit on the steps. Even though it was always crowded with tourists, I love looking out on the National Mall from there. Also, anywhere in Georgetown is awesome.
Most memorable day:
I was lucky to have a very cool internship where every day was truly exciting. I was able to attend exclusive events with the Senator and Press Secretary many times. I will never forget the countless trips we made to the Senate Recording Studio or the time when I accompanied Senator Isakson for an interview about President Obama’s State of the Union address in the Russell Rotunda.
Why I'm glad I went:
Going to DC for a semester pushed me very far out of my comfort zone. I met so many people, learned about myself, made great professional contacts, got a glimpse of the real world, and got to live in the greatest city ever. After coming home and preparing for one more year of classes, I am confident that this experience will be a huge help with my job search after graduation.