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Barclay S Hendrix
Fall 2008

Participating in the WSP provided such a great opportunity to get to know our nation's capital. I left D.C. with a better understanding of how our government functions, a renewed sense of purpose in my academic pursuits, and new friendships and connections that remain today.

Brief bio:

I was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia.  After graduating from Brookstone School in 2006, I headed up to the Classic City for undergrad where I majored in Economics and Political Science.  I wasn’t quite ready to leave Athens, so I stuck around for law school.  After graduating in 2013, I moved back to Columbus to begin a two-year federal clerkship in the Middle District of Georgia.

Expected graduation:

May 2010

Degree objective:

B. A. Economics, B.A. Political Science

Why I went:

I’ve always been interested in politics and policy, and wanted the opportunity to spend a semester getting an up-close look at our political system in action.

Favorite spot to visit:

I loved walking past the Supreme Court on the way to work on the Hill everyday.  And you can’t beat going for a jog around the Mall!  I also loved studying and paper-writing in the Library of Congress.

Most memorable day:

The Fall ‘08 WSP crew had the distinction of being in our nation’s capital when all heck broke loose in the economy, so to speak. I’ll always remember being in my Congressman’s office on September 29, 2008, watching the house vote on the bailout on TV. As it became clear that the bill wouldn’t be getting enough votes to pass, the market started tanking. At the end of the day, it would be the worst single-day drop in Dow Jones history. The interplay of that failed vote and its impact on the market was fascinating to me, so I headed back to Athens and added an Economics major in hopes of grasping some better understanding of what had happened.

Why I'm glad I went:

Participating in the WSP provided such a great opportunity to get to know our nation’s capital.  And to do so with a group of fellow Dawgs who became close friends just made it that much better.  We had such a great time living, working, and playing on Capitol Hill together. I left D.C. with a better understanding of how our government functions, a renewed sense of purpose in my academic pursuits, and new friendships and connections that remain today.  

Where I interned:

Office of Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

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