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DC Semester Q and A

Jordan Ashley Grandt
Fall 2017

My D.C. semester was the best four months of my time in college. I grew professionally, academically, and most importantly, personally. Going on this program was the best thing I ever did because I met some of the greatest people in my life all while experiencing everything D.C. has to offer.

Brief bio:

I am a senior at the University of Georgia studying International Affairs and Political Science. I’m originally from Canton, GA and Newnan, GA. While at UGA, I studied abroad at the University of Oxford during the Spring 2016 semester and I studied in Washington, D.C. for the Fall 2017 semester. When I’m not focusing on school, I enjoy choir, painting, and spending quality time with my friends and family.

Expected graduation:

May 2018

Degree objective:

B.A. in Political Science; B.A. in International Affairs

Why I went:

I decided to go to D.C. because I wanted to grow professionally. I had also grown tired of the classroom setting and needed something different to enhance my academic career. Interning full-time in D.C. seemed like the perfect fit for what I was looking for.

Favorite spot to visit:

My favorite spot in D.C. was the Wilson Center. I often had to go there to cover events for my job, and it was my favorite think tank to go to. It’s in a beautiful location and is such an appropriate tribute to our former president. The quotes of his engraved in the corridors are inspiring. It always made the work day better when I got to go there.

Most memorable day:

My most memorable day would have to be the night of our last presentations. After we were all finished presenting, people started to suggest that we go to Union Pub just down the street. What started out as a small group wanting to go ended up being the majority of us going together. It was as if we had come full circle; we ended up right back where we started except this time we had experienced so much together. It was such a bittersweet moment as we all reminisced on our time together before parting ways.  It was the last opportunity for us to all be together as a group, and the sense of friendship was undeniable.

Why I'm glad I went:

My semester in D.C. was the best semester of my college career. I had so much professional, academic, and personal growth while on this program that I would have never received in Athens. I finally found a more clear direction of what I want to do with my life, and I learned a lot about our country and our government. And while I am so incredibly thankful for all of the opportunities given to me from WSP and through living in D.C., it was the 31 other people that went on this journey with me that made it one of the most incredible and life changing experiences of my life. The monuments and museums and food and politicians and hustle and bustle of D.C. are unique and exciting, but nothing will ever compare to the lifelong friendships I made along the way. It seemed so unlikely that our large group, which had people coming from such different backgrounds with often complete opposite viewpoints on life and politics, would become such a close family. The simple moments of just being together are what I will cherish most.

Where I interned:

Kyle House Group

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