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DC Semester Q and A

Catie Henderson
Spring 2012

The DC Semester ignited a desire to really pursue my passions.

Brief bio:

I graduated from UGA in December 2012 with a degree in Philosophy, emphasis in Environmental Ethics. I spent 3+ years interning in non-profits and have since segued into the corporate world.

Expected graduation:

December 2012

Degree objective:


Why I went:

The Washington Semester Program afforded me the opportunity to experience the nation’s capital in a unique and professionally rewarding way. I was able to work within an incredible organization, gain an invaluable skill set, and, most importantly, establish a lifelong network of friends and supporters.

Favorite spot to visit:

I personally enjoyed the Thomas Jefferson Memorial—the springtime Cherry Blossoms are an absolute must-see. I will never get over how incredible it was to walk past the Capitol and Supreme Court on my way back to the Congressional everyday.

Most memorable day:

Everyday provided a unique experience, but the orientation scavenger hunt was the most memorable. Establishing a rapport with your fellow Dawgs by exploring and navigating D.C. is great fun.

Why I'm glad I went:

I had the opportunity to work with some of the most exceptional, radically inspirational and talented individuals. The devotion and willpower that it takes to wake up everyday and urge others to help change the world is remarkable. I am unquestionably proud of where I interned. Not only was it a highly rewarding and profoundly moving experience but I felt as if I had become an integral part of a family through initiation into the D.C. environmental advocacy community. I am truly grateful for taking part in the program and would urge anyone who is ambitious and recognizes their passions to consider taking part in the program as well.

Where I interned:


Washington Semester | 114 New College | Athens, GA 30602 | Phone:706-542-3450 | Fax:706-542-0544 | dcsem@uga.edu
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