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DC Semester Q and A

Marlee Waxelbaum
Spring 2008

The UGA D.C. Semester program not only illuminated a path for me to pursue post graduation, but it also gave me the tools necessary to pursue that path.

Brief bio:

After graduation, I spent a year in DC working for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy in Washington, D.C. while trying to recreate the magic of our spring 2008 adventure. After that I spent three wonderful years at the University of Virginia School of Law before heading to Atlanta where I am currently an associate attorney at Troutman Sanders LLP.  

Expected graduation:

May 2009

Degree objective:

BA Political Science; BA International Affairs

Why I went:

When trying to determine what to do with degrees in international affairs and political science, I figured there was no better place to find some career options than D.C. The opportunities presented through my internship and the UGA D.C. Semester program not only illuminated a path for me to pursue post graduation, but it also gave me the tools necessary to pursue that path.

Favorite spot to visit:

The canals in Georgetown, the National Mall during the Kite Blossom Festival, Adams Morgan on Adams Morgan Day, the base of the Capital at night, the list could go on forever…

Most memorable day:

Sitting on the private Capital balcony of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, surrounded by the incredible friends I made on the Washington Semester Program and other UGA alumni, as I watched the sun set behind the Washington Monument. While this experience in and of itself was extraordinary, it came at the end of a week where I had been given a chance to shadow Senator Byron Dorgan (for whom I was interning), where I had incredible access to the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, and where I was personally introduced to Senator John Kerry and Senator Harry Reid, two men whom I admire greatly. I can’t begin to name all of the truly exceptional experiences I had on the Washington Semester Program, but that week certainly tops the list.

Why I'm glad I went:

All of the above? But truly, I wouldn’t be where I am today were it not for the experiences I had thanks to the Washington Semester Program.

Where I interned:

Washington Semester | 114 New College | Athens, GA 30602 | Phone:706-542-3450 | Fax:706-542-0544 | dcsem@uga.edu
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