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Hadas Peles
Spring 2008

The Washington Semester Program opened my eyes to the many different people that play a part in making legislation and leading our country.

Brief bio:

I was born in the Middle East, grew up on the West Coast, educated in the South (go Dawgs!) and currently live in New England. The confluence of the places I’ve come from and people I’ve met have shaped my ideas about politics and my love for building relationships.

I studied Political Science and History at the University of Georgia. While a student, and since, I’ve worked with local, state, and federal government offices and campaigns.

While interning for Congressman Hank Johnson, I attended many meetings of the House Armed Services Committee. That, combined with having Dr. Loch Johnson as my mentor, made me especially interested in foreign policy and defense issues. This has informed my career path since participating in the Washington Semester Program.

Expected graduation:

May 2009

Degree objective:

Political Science, History minor

Why I went:

Favorite spot to visit:

The Eastern Market neighborhood. You never know who you’ll bump into—whether it’s local politicos, friends from college, interesting tourists… but one thing is for sure: the coffee and food are always right!

Most memorable day:

Why I'm glad I went:

I was interested in working on Capitol Hill to see, firsthand, how American policy is made. I thought it all took place inside briefing rooms and committee hearings. I’m glad I went because of the opportunity to interact with leaders, political staff, journalists, lobbyists and really a whole District of people that actually make up policy. The Washington Semester Program opened my eyes to the many different people that play a part in making legislation and leading our country.

Where I interned:

Office of Congressman Hank Johnson

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