Vandan P. Patel
People always talk about the Potomac fever, but you really don't understand it until you are actually there.
I am currently an International Affairs student at the University of Georgia. While in DC I interned at a policy consulting firm called the Kyle House Group. Through my internship I was able to do work with various topics such as malaria, nuclear energy, and refugee education.
Why I went:
A semester in Washington was a unique experience that would allow me to gain valuable hands on experience.
Favorite spot to visit:
My favorite DC spot is the Kogod Courtyard in the National Portrait Gallery. It is a beautiful and fairly quiet place to read, eat, or study.
Most memorable day:
There were so many memorable experiences during my time in Washington, from attending the Inauguration to meeting Corey Booker and Ashton Kutcher. The most memorable moment was when we were on our night tour of the Capitol with Congressman Doug Collins and we had the opportunity to meet Speaker Paul Ryan.
Why I'm glad I went:
This program allowed me to meet and become friends with 30 individuals that I would most likely have never crossed paths with in Athens. It also provided me with a hands on experience of how the political sphere actually functions.