by Mary David Miller

Business suits, coffee, and a view of the Lincoln Memorial is what University of West Georgia alumna Cassidy Whittle’s summer consisted of after receiving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as an intern at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.

Cassidy WhittleEach student follows a unique path of discovery at UWG. By doing so, students find out more about themselves and who they want to become and what direction they want to take their careers. Whittle ‘16 is an example of one alumna who is flourishing as a young professional. 

After graduation, Whittle was one out of the 18 interns picked from the hundreds of applicants for the Hudson Institute Political Studies Summer Fellowship, a six-week learning experience offered to top undergraduates in political theory and practice. An experience designed to broaden and deepen their understanding of public policy and American political principles, the fellowship provided Whittle new experiences and pushed her outside her comfort zone.

While Whittle was a student at UWG, she spent her free time involved in campus organizations and Greek Life. She joined the Sigma Kappa sorority, where she was involved in leadership as vice president of alumni relations.

Prior to that, Whittle had not thought of taking on leadership roles, but once she started, she continued to venture out and join more organizations. She served as senator and publicity coordinator for UWG’s Student Government Association and worked as news editor at The West Georgian.

“Dr. John Sewell actually recruited me from an advising appointment, and even though I had zero relevant experience, he believed in me and gave me a shot as news editor,” Whittle said.

Eventually, she moved up to editor-in-chief. Whittle is proud of her accomplishments and how much she had learned since being recruited by Sewell.  All of these experiences influenced her potential and opportunities in the professional world.

“Getting involved in organizations is probably the best way to make connections and learn about new opportunities around campus,” Whittle said.

Whittle double majored in foreign language and literatures with a concentration in German and mass communications with a concentration in convergence journalism. She was also awarded the Gordon R. Watson Award from the mass communications department.

“I treasure the relationships with professors and friendships I found at UWG more than anything,” Whittle said. “The smaller student population allowed me to develop closer relationships with professors as well as see more familiar faces around campus, which made it easier to make friends.”

Armed with these quality experiences from her time spent at UWG, Whittle says she is prepared to take on the world.

Posted on October 21, 2016