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DC Semester Q and A

Nylah D. Oliver
Spring 2015

There's simply no other place like the District of Columbia.

Brief bio:

I am a 3rd year, Honors student from Lithonia, GA. I’m heavily involved in on-campus organizations and in the community—holding positions as Assistant Director of Communication for Student Government Association, Treasurer of the Collegetown Gospel Choir, a B.E.S.T. Mentor, and I serve on the Programming Committee for the Honors Program Student Council. I’m currently interning with Watershed UGA as a Campaign and Communications intern and as a Studio Intern for the Ryan Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In my spare time, I enjoy singing with groups from my home church and spending quality time with family and friends. I’m striving to become a broadcaster and have hopes of hosting my own television show in the near future.

Expected graduation:

December 2016

Degree objective:

B.A. in Journalism

Why I went:

Choosing to live in Washington, D.C. for a semester put me in a place to gain the best experience in my field.  As a Digital and Broadcast Journalism student, I had endless opportunities at my finger tips! Anything that you can imagine learning about in class is what I was exposed to, but in a real-world setting. Interning with Voice of America in D.C. was also a great way to find out what I truly enjoyed doing. It was a great way for me to take on my dreams with full force! Spending a semester in Washington, D.C. gave me the chance to take full advantage of what the world has to offer. I built relationships and friendships with unforgettable people.
It is hard to express in so little words just how amazing my experience was.  All of the memories I made while being in the Washington Semester Program molded me into who I am at this moment. I no longer feel like a student who’s restrained to a classroom, but a fearless individual who will go after her dreams plus some and one who won’t dare allow anything to get in the way.  I chose to spend a semester in Washington, D.C. because I knew that an experience like that could never be duplicated and I couldn’t let go of an opportunity so great.

Favorite spot to visit:

Choosing just ONE DC spot to be my favorite is difficult. I’d have to say Good Stuff Eatery, Ted’s Bulletin, and Matchbox were my favorite places to eat. Yet, nothing beats the food trucks outside of L’Enfant Plaza.

My favorite place to relax was at the Navy Yard.

Most memorable day:

A day that I remember most vividly in DC was walking into L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station the day that one of the tunnels for the Westbound train began to smoke. I’ll never forget knowing that one of the anchors from Voice of America and one of my fellow interns was on that train. I watched as the train went into the tunnel of smoke and didn’t know what would happen. Of course I immediately left and decided to catch the train from Federal Center SW. It was cool seeing the story in the news that evening.

Why I'm glad I went:

Since returning from DC I’ve had tons of doors opened! I have gained internships and connections that I don’t think would’ve happened if I didn’t go to Washington or participate in the Washington Semester Program. I’ve had the privilege to attend a dinner with Senator Chambliss, speak for President Morehead on my experiences in DC, and more.

Where I interned:

Voice of America

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