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.