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DC Semester Q and A

Arianna Jain
Fall 2016

The Washington Semester Program was the paramount to my academic experience at UGA. In four months, I learned more about my chosen career path than I ever could have in a classroom.

Brief bio:

I am a rising senior at UGA in the Terry College of Business. I am passionate about the public education system, and hope to utilize my background in economics in the field of public policymaking. After graduation, I would like to get more experience in public policy and education policy before attending law school.

Expected graduation:

May 2018

Degree objective:

International Business and Economics BBA

Why I went:

I knew that the Washington Semester Program would be a great way for me to get comfortable in Washington DC, and to discover if I was equipped for the career path I am progressing towards. My time in DC was very reassuring, and has gotten me very excited to work in public policy after graduation.

Favorite spot to visit:

I loved walking through the Capitol Hill neighborhood on my way to and from work every day. The homes were beautiful and the streets were quiet, and I loved how separate it felt from the fast-paced parts of the city.

Most memorable day:

I will never forget our tour of the Capitol. I had never been inside the Capitol before, and not only was I stunned by how beautiful it was, but I was starstruck by the newly elected congress members who were touring the Capitol as well. We also ran into Paul Ryan!

Why I'm glad I went:

The Washington Semester Program helped me uncover my strengths in the workplace, and has given me experience and skills that will be useful in future jobs. I also built a network in DC that will be great to have when I return to DC later in my career.

Where I interned:

U.S. Department of Education

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