Margaret Darling

Luther students share their experiences about their Washington Semester.

I wanted to live in Washington D.C. during the exciting months leading up to the 2010 elections. For that reason, I chose to spend the fall semester in D.C. through the Lutheran College Washington Semester program. In addition to enrolling in night classes, I worked at the U.S. Department of Education, where I worked alongside editorial staff to help facilitate publication of all department materials. While there, I was able to meet Secretary Arne Duncan and brush shoulders with him during a department-wide basketball tournament. 

When not working or taking classes, I explored the rich history and culture of the city. With many friends interning with the Smithsonian Museums, I toured many of the downtown museums.

I lived with three fun-loving, talented women from schools in Pennsylvania and California. I also went to a handful of Washington Nationals games, sampled numerous restaurants and different foods, and even rode along with an on-duty police officer in the 6th District. 

I thoroughly enjoyed living in a city with a vibrant political climate full of passionate individuals.

The semester provided a fantastic opportunity for me to work in Washington D.C. and helped me learn more about the world of public policy and establishing connections for finding employment in Washington after graduation.

Margaret Darling