Nathaniel L. Phillips
When you combine the reputation of University of Georgia, the devotion of the Washington Semester Program faculty and staff, and ability of the students who participate, you get an experience an experience that will long be forgotten.
After growing up just outside of Athens in Hartwell, Georgia, I only applied to one college, the University of Georiga. When I graduated from UGA in 2013 with a B.A. degree in Political Science and a minor in Geography, I attended law school on an academic scholarship. During law school, I had the pleasure of interning with Inglesby, Falligant, Horne, Courington & Chisholm, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Legal Division of the Georgia Insurance Department, the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, the Northern Judicial Circuit Superior Court, and the Bibb County Juvenile Court. After graduating from law school in 2013, I am now an attorney at the law firm of Bouhan Falligant in Savannah, Georgia.
May 2010, May 2013
Why I went:
During my freshman year, I participated in a study abroad and I knew that I wanted to spend another semester outside of Athens, Ga. After looking at the options available at UGA, I felt that a semester in D.C. with the Washington Semester Program was a perfect fit.
Favorite spot to visit:
Old Ebbitt Grill, bar none. Anytime I am back in D.C., I always have to eat at Old Ebbitts.
Most memorable day:
One day, an intern named Katy, who was a student at Johns Hopkins, and I decided to have dinner and attend the National Symphony Orchestra Opening Gala. I dressed in my finest work suit and she dressed in her finest work dress (hopefully, this give you a visual of how plain and grey we appeared). When we arrived at the Kennedy Center, all the men were dressed in black tie and all the women were dressed in full-length evening gowns. Let’s just say we looked slightly out of place, so we found our seats quickly.
Why I'm glad I went:
The experience. Our government is the most powerful in the world and its epicenter is in Washington, D.C. Being able to just be present in that city is something special, much less having an opportunity to work there.