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Off-Campus Study

Notes from Abroad: Elizabeth in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Ludowise ’19 is a Communications major with a minor in Political Science studying in Washington, D.C.

Program Name and Location: The Washington Center, Washington D.C.

Having never lived in a city before, moving to Washington D.C. for the semester was a major transition. Learning how how to navigate the metro system, budgeting and where the local hospital is have been just a few challenges I faced the first few weeks in D.C. Living in a city like D.C. has helped me to appreciate the public transportation system especially when you have to navigate it on crutches. In my first few weeks at my internship in the Department of Justice, I fell and badly injured my ankle which resulted in being put into a boot for the first half of my semester. That experience on it’s own has helped me to grow as a person.

The Washington Center has helped to provide me a chance to dive into a work environment that is meant to develop my skills and work on developing new ones inside and outside the classroom. A big component of the program is helping us prepare for life after college. Some ways they are helping to prepare us is, working on networking, encouraging us to explore and providing opportunities to go to panel’s, lectures and events related to our fields of study or interest. Something that I have enjoyed is the opportunity to network with alumni of Lake Forest College. The Washington Center is focused on helping us to develop and build strong professional skills to aid us after college. I believe that it is important to reach out to people that have been in my shoes in the past and who are able to help offer advice. Talking with a few alumni has helped me to figure out what I may or may not want to do after graduation. The experiences of talking with a few I have reached out too is helping me to plan out a future career path.

The scholarship I received helped me to afford to study abroad this semester, without it I would have had to withdrew my application because of the cost of living in a city. Without this experience. I would have not been able to meet people who are as focused on their future career paths. I’ve been grateful for the opportunity this experience has provided me such as being able to work in the federal government and get hand’s on experience and exposure in a field I am hoping to enter one day. As a communications and Politics double major my internship at the DOJ is giving me a chance to use skills I’ve developed in both my majors to contribute at my internship. Without the donations towards the scholarship I received, I would not have had the experiences I have that are helping me to learn and grow. These are skills and ideas that I am looking forward to bringing back to LFC when I return to campus. For now, I am looking forward to the next half of my semester in Washington D.C.