The WSP was an exciting and rewarding experience that broadened my career horizons and provided me with once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I will never forget. If you are given the opportunity to participate, don't pass it up.
I grew up in Acworth, Georgia and graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School in 2005. I participated in the WSP during my last semester of undergrad, and graduated with a degree in political science in 2009. After moving to Atlanta to work in a law firm as a document clerk for a year, I came back to Athens for law school. I received my JD and passed the Georgia Bar in 2013.
August 2009; May 2013
B.A. in Political Science; Juris Doctor
Why I went:
DC is the perfect place for a political science major (or anyone interested in working in government) to get the experience and exposure necessary to land an interesting and rewarding job. It’s an exciting place to spend a semester (my semester was particularly exciting because of the 2009 Inauguration and administration change) and offers an array of fun things for young people to do.
Favorite spot to visit:
Jefferson Memorial, or M Street in Georgetown
Most memorable day:
Touring CIA Headquarters
Why I'm glad I went:
The WSP was an experience unlike any other. Anyone interested in government (even on a state and local level) needs to do this program. The WSP helped immensely in sharpening the focus of my educational and career goals, and provided the means for me to go about achieving those goals. The work experience was invaluable. I loved the weekly seminars that took us to different parts of the city, always presented interesting material, and helped us to branch out and make connections with those in the UGA alumni network in DC. I made some great friends and had some really fun times. I currently work for a committee of the Georgia House of Representatives, and run into friends from the WSP in the halls of the Capitol all the time.