Bethany Erika Lange
NETWORKING. Enough said.
I grew up in Atlanta and attended the magnet program at Chamblee High School. I was that kid that got “Most likely to be the first woman president” in 7th grade. Seriously, I have the certificate to prove it. But because of my intense study of German (13 years and counting) and this globalized world we live in nowadays, I ended up picking International relations instead of political science. I have since narrowed my interest to focus on nuclear (non)proliferation and strategic trade controls. Outside of academia, I was in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and on the executive board of FOOTSTEPS while at UGA.
BA German, BA International Affairs
Why I went:
I’ve always (since 6th grade) known I would end up in DC. I figured it would be a good idea to get more of a feel for living in the city. Also, more importantly, GREAT for networking!
Favorite spot to visit:
My favorite DC spot was actually the Capitol (because it still felt THAT cool to go to work there everyday—especially Russell Senate building—the best)! And in my free time, my favorite spot was often M Street. Great shopping on the weekends and perfect for people watching.
Most memorable day:
2 quick memorable experiences: The first was somehow managing to get into the press area for Sec. Clinton’s media brief following a Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Egypt’s uprising. It makes the news we read everyday more real to be a part of it. It was thrilling to stand feet away from Sec. Clinton (and manage to get in the background of The Hill’s picture of the day!) A second memorable part of DC was running the National Mall. Do it and do it often—even if you’re more of a walker. There is nothing quite like surrounding yourself with such history and beauty.
Why I'm glad I went:
Besides the excellent stamp of experience on my resume, working in DC allowed be to better understand the culture of the city. I feel as though when I make my return to begin my career, I will already be part of the “in-group.” And I had a fantastic time! One of my best semesters at UGA by far.