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Megan C Smith
Spring 2015

The program has left me more open minded. I had no idea how much I'd love working in a law center — I thought it'd be awful and boring. And it was exactly the opposite. It's definitely broadened my idea of what my career might look like.

Brief bio:

My aspirations to be a veterinarian/choreographer to the stars didn’t pan out, so I figured I’d give writing a go. Besides being in love with writing copy, I found my adoration for the communicative arts. So I thought it might be a good idea to attend the second best journalism school in the country…conveniently located in my backyard.

Now, as a fourth-year magazine journalism student in the Grady School of Journalism, I am taking full advantage of what they have to offer. My passion as a writer has cultivated itself in the Chapel Bell: A Positive Press Publication at the University of Georgia. As a member — and current editor — of the writing team, I’m fortunate enough to publish happy, relevant articles that are changing the way we think about news.

I also love my work as a freelancer and subcontract writer for McRoberts Communication. I’ve been lucky enough to write for some remarkable clients like Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Strong4Life Campaign, the MARS company and Georgia Military College.

But most of all, I love traveling, cooking and adventuring.

Expected graduation:

May 2016

Degree objective:

Magazine Journalism

Why I went:

Who wouldn’t want to spend a semester in the most happening place in the country? I wanted to be part of a fast paced, diverse environment that would allow me to explore my interests and network in a city I’d like to grow old in.

Favorite spot to visit:

When it got a little warmer, my favorite thing to do was run from our house on the hill to the Washington Memorial at sunset. I’m not terribly athletic, so making the 5 mile round trip was definitely a feat. But that made it all the more special! Jog/running/struggling across the Mall and finally touching the stone of the Monument was borderline spiritual. I miss it all the time.

Most memorable day:

Betty Hudson — chief communications officer of the National Geographic Society — is the Beyonce of communications and my idol. She’s a Grady grad and works at Nat Geo’s headquarters in downtown DC. So when she came to speak to us about her career and the long road to her current position, it took all of my energy to curb my enthusiasm. She was witty and welcoming and

Why I'm glad I went:

I made the most incredible connections, professional and personal! I’m still in touch with my boss who sends me updates on the projects I started with them. I’m still close with my roommate who is now a graphic designer in New York City — she’ll be at my wedding next spring!

But I’m really glad I got a taste of “real life” before I graduate. I didn’t realize how much I’d love a full time work schedule; it was such a comfort to go through the steps of getting a job, working hard at the job and seeing the fruits of my labor.

Where I interned:

Smithsonian Institution

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