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DC Semester Q and A

Adam James Veale
Fall 2016

People always talk about meeting their lifelong friends in college. That didn't happen for me until I participated in the Washington Semester Program, and I can truly say the friends I made while in DC are friends that I will have for a lifetime. I can think of no other UGA program that gives students such an immersive and hands-on experience, where they not only live and study, but also work (really hard, I might add!) in a new city for a semester. You'll leave the Washington Semester Program feeling like you've truly become a DC resident, and you'll likely want to come back for more.

Brief bio:

I’m a self-avowed political nerd; I love any and everything that has to do with politics and government. I spent my penultimate semester of undergrad in Washington, DC, and it changed my life. I’m a proud UGA graduate who is currently making plans to move permanently to DC and start my professional career.

Expected graduation:

May 2017

Degree objective:

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Why I went:

I knew I wanted to get more hands on experience working in government. I did some work with the local government in Athens and at the state Capitol in Atlanta, but I wanted something more. DC was the natural next step for me.

Favorite spot to visit:

The Jefferson Memorial. It’s a really unique memorial; it contains one of my favorite quotes ever and provides an awesome view of the White House from across the tidal basin.

Most memorable day:

November 8th, 2016. Early in the day, I got to meet President Obama in the East Room of the White House. There was such a mysterious energy in the city going home that night. Watching the results for such an unprecedented election was a memory I won’t soon forget.

Why I'm glad I went:

The DC semester changed my life in the most wonderful of ways. It was the first time I lived outside of Georgia, and I fell in love with the city. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do after graduation, but I knew after my semester in DC that I wanted to move back as soon as possible. I was exposed to art, culture, and experiences that I couldn’t replicate in any other city in America.

Where I interned:

White House

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