Ellyn A Echols
I loved my semester in DC for everything it taught me and for allowing me to fall in love with the city I still call home.
Ellyn Echols is a 2010 graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in International Affairs. After UGA, she spent a year in Cairo, Egypt with the American University in Cairo Presidential Fellows Program and got to watch the revolution unfold firsthand. After returning from Egypt, Ellyn moved to DC to work for AECOM International Development and now continues her work with them as the Program Support Manager for the USAID-funded Stability in Key Areas (SIKA) East program in Kabul.
Why I went:
I chose to spend a semester in DC to expand my post-graduation choices and figure out where exactly I might be able to apply my skill sets in the most productive and fulfilling way. I really wanted the opportunity to work in Congress and the WSP allowed me that plus so much more.
Favorite spot to visit:
Monuments on almost any day.
Most memorable day:
Running through the tunnels with my Congressman to the capital for votes.
Why I'm glad I went:
I learned so much about our government systems and the change that real Americans can make on a daily basis. I also learned what I did not want from a career and I think that was ultimately the most helpful lesson in deciding to take my career internationally.