The DC Semester made me realize that my dreams could eventually become a reality.
I am a Biology & International Affairs major at the University of Georgia. I am pre-med and will be applying to medical school. I participated in the program during Spring 2012 and interned at the State Department in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and at the American Institute for Cancer Research. I somehow ended up with two internships which was interesting to say the least. My career interests center around global health and health policy.
Why I went:
I really wanted to intern at the State Department and the Washington Semester Program seemed to be the perfect way to do that while still getting class credit. It turns out the program completely changed my life, and I am so glad that I applied.
Favorite spot to visit:
Dupont Circle & Founding Farmers
Most memorable day:
Every day was memorable. Seriously, I know that sounds so cliche but every single day in D.C. was beyond anything I ever imagined. But, if I have to pick one day, I would say the day I walked into work and my boss asked me to go to a high-level meeting with representatives from the UN, USAID, and the CDC, or the day my office sent me to the Foreign Service Institute to take a class—both of those days were pretty awesome.
Why I'm glad I went:
It was the best four months of my life. I have never been so intellectually stimulated as I was during my time in D.C. It was the first time in my life that I felt like I could actually make a difference and function in the real world.