Meet Jonathan Wood, Alumnus of Georgetown’s Semester in Washington, D.C. Program


Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Thomasville, Georgia and attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

What made you choose Georgetown’s Semester in Washington, D.C. Program?
It was a perfect opportunity for me to get my foot in the door in Washington, D.C., get a guaranteed internship, and get school credit while meeting a bunch of like-minded students.

What was your concentration area?
I took American/Domestic Politics with Bradley Blakeman and I'm still in contact him with today.

What did you like best?
The best part about SWP for me was the accessibility of the faculty. My class was small and my professor regularly gave me rides to the metro. The dean was also very committed to making sure she knew each one of us personally and made sure the experience was all it could be.

What have you been up to since?
I'm currently a student at Georgetown Law and will be working at a large law firm in New York City this summer [2014].

How did Georgetown's SWP prepare you for that role/challenge?
Thanks to SWP, I fell in love with the Georgetown community and got excited to come back. Professor Blakeman helped by writing one of my law school recommendations. Finally, the personal relationship I built with my fellow students could give me a leg up in the future.

What advice would you give to current SWP participants to help them get the most out of their experience?
Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone. Make sure to not only do something exciting for your internship, but that you take advantage of all the lectures, speakers and events throughout the D.C. area, even if it's something brand new. You'll be surprised at the ideas you pick up just from walking into a free panel discussion on a topic you'd never heard of before.

What was your favorite D.C. place to eat?
I loved the Russian cuisine at Mari Vanna on Connecticut Avenue or Granville Moore's on H Street.

… and to exercise?
I usually go to the Georgetown Law Fitness Center, but jogging on the Mall is great too.

… and to learn?
I go to the Georgetown Law Libraries, but when I have a little more time, I love to study in the National Gallery of Art.

… and to hang out?
Definitely try H St. NE. It's more laid-back and fun than the fast-paced club scenes in other parts of the city. It's perfect for spending an evening with friends over good food and drink.

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