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DC Semester Q and A

Torre Elisabeth Lavelle
Fall 2015

Take the leap and apply for a deep dive into DC! Plant one foot in learning about the city's history and the other in helping to craft the country's future.

Brief bio:

Throughout my time at UGA, I was involved in the Roosevelt Institute, a student-run think tank, and Campus Scouts, which runs Girl Scout troops in underserved areas of Athens. Research was been a critical component of my undergraduate career, having worked at the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, and Center for Geospatial Research. I also enjoyed my involvement with the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society and Palladia Women’s Leadership Society. I am now studying public policy as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Expected graduation:

May 2016

Degree objective:

B.S. Ecology

Why I went:

Although my degree is a bachelor in science, the semester in DC allowed me the opportunity to explore how climate and conservation policy is crafted in our nation’s capital. Getting to be in the same room as some of our government’s brightest leaders and policymakers in the lead-up to the UN Paris Climate Change Conference was truly an astounding experience.

Favorite spot to visit:

Busboys and Poets and exploring all of the different DC neighborhoods! Each has a unique flair that is all its own.

Most memorable day:

Any day spent with my incredible Delta Hall floormates. The students you are surrounded with during the semester will undoubtedly become some of your closest friends, and I am so thankful for the program that brought us together.

Why I'm glad I went:

This program is unlike any other. Delta Hall’s location and the people in it will make sure you experience DC for all it is worth. Look forward to one of the most meaningful and educative experiences of your undergraduate career.

Where I interned:

U.S. Department of State

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