There at the Start
Six students attended the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. These students were chosen to be a part of a two-week program hosted by The Washington Center, which brought together 400 students from 46 schools around the country. They participated in a series of discussions, site visits, guest lectures, as well as inauguration events and the ceremony itself.
“Never coming to this great city prior to this experience, the Washington Center provided me with an opportunity to not only experience the city but become fully engulfed in the political process,” said student Dylan Shirley.
BSU has a longstanding relationship with The Washington Center, sending students each semester to Washington for internships and other learning opportunities. In 2012, the center honored BSU with Public University of the Year award.
Mike Smith, president of the center, said the students benefitted from having direct access to a historical event.
“The Washington Center gives students the opportunity for a front row seat while at the same time learning about the transition of political power from today’s political leaders and journalists,” he said.
Mr. Shirley, along with Alexandra Sousa, Zohaa Basra, Elena Smith, Devin Armstrong and Matthew Medeiros were chosen by Dr. George Serra to represent the university at the seminar. The trip was funded by the Bridgewater Alumni Association, The Office of External Affairs and The Center for Legislative Studies.
“It’s hard to express how indebted I feel to the BSU Alumni Association and Dr. Serra for choosing me for this experience,” said Mr. Medeiros. (Story by Shawn Finn ’13, Office of University Advancement; photos courtesy of The Washington Center)