Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Shanghai, China.
What made you choose Georgetown's Semester in Washington, D.C. Program?
When I first visited Georgetown in high school, I immediately fell in love with the beautiful campus but I ended up choosing Mount Holyoke College. While pursuing my second major in International Relations, I thought it would be fitting to come to Georgetown/D.C. to study American Politics.
What was your concentration area?
International Trade and Commerce & American Politics
What did you like best?
As Professor Sam Potolicchio once said, this program is “the marriage of theory and practice.” I love the fact that we were able to attend different events and lectures. During our semester, we visited the Congress with Congressman Hudnut, went to the Russian embassy for a lecture, attended a luncheon at the National Press Club with Janet Napolitano and paid a visit at one of the top lobbying firms. Additionally, I loved getting cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes with my fellow SWPers on Fridays since we were just half block away from the deliciousness.
What have you been up to since?
After the Georgetown semester, I returned to Mount Holyoke College for senior year. This coming summer, I will be joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York as a full-time analyst.
How did Georgetown's SWP prepare you for that role/challenge?
Georgetown’s SWP was a great transition for me from being a student to a young adult. The internship and the events that we attended helped us to think and act as professionals. In addition, we studied communication strategies for political figures during our academic seminar and those same strategies can be applied to own lives.
What advice would you give to current SWP participants to help them get the most out of their experience?
My advice to the current SWP participants is to really take the advantage of what D.C. presents. In the beginning, it might be a bit overwhelming since the program requires students to keep up with academic work while maintaining an internship. It will get easier once it becomes routine. You should try to attend as many events as possible, connect with local alums both from your home college and Georgetown University, and maintain good relationships with people at your internship site. You never know how these experiences may lead to the next opportunity in your life. In the meantime, you should fully utilize Georgetown resources: getting involved with student clubs on campus, going to basketball games, attending career information sessions and enjoying Georgetown traditions. Faculty members at the program are very helpful and are always willing to share their advice to you.
Favorite D.C. place to eat?
I went to Agora at Dupont Circle, Thunder Burger in Georgetown, Busboys and Poets on U Street and many more!
… to exercise?
I opted for the Georgetown University gym [Yates Field House].
… to learn?
I liked to study in Lauinger Library with a comforting Pygmalion from Georgetown’s Midnight Mug coffeehouse.
… to hang out?
Dupont Circle is the best place to hang out.
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