PSIA_Student_Lexi Whitney_Political Science_Study Abroad/Women’s Golf

PSIA_Student_Lexi Whitney_Political Science_Study Abroad/Women’s Golf


[Music playing] [Interviewer] Welcome to the
University of North Georgia Political Science
& International Affairs department’s
YouTube channel, where we present
interviews of our students,
past, present and future, to highlight their
accomplishments and insights. In the coming minutes
you’ll get to meet political science
major Alexis Whitney. Good morning Lexi. May
I call you Lexi?. [Alexis Whitney] Yes. Thank you for
having me. [Interviewer] To start off, please, tell us
a little about yourself. Who is
Lexi Whitney? [Lexi] So I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina.
I went to Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, and I’ve been
at UNG for four years now. Senior. Studying political science with a Spanish minor. So…that’s me. [Interviewer] What got you into
the world of politics? And what I mean is — Why
did you choose to seek a political science
degree? And perhaps more importantly,
why here at UNG? [Lexi] So, I graduated
in 2016 and that was an election
year, and I was pretty invested and just interested in
how it all works, so that got me
interested in politics. And from there I came to UNG pretty sure I wanted to do political science
but not totally sure. But when I was in the classroom my
professors were super involved
and interested in me and how I
was doing. And yeah — that sealed the deal, basically. [Interviewer] What brought you to UNG from Charlotte? [Lexi] Academically it
was a good fit but also athletically It
was a good fit because I was playing golf
and looking to play collegiate golf, so. [interviewer] Well, we’ll get back to
the golf side of your life. As part of your
Spanish minor you are required to complete a study abroad
program correct? {Lexi] Yes. [Interviewer] Can you tell
us a little bit about your experiences
this past summer? [Lexi] Yes. So, this past summer
I went to Spain. We studied for two weeks in Cuenca, which is just
south of Madrid. And then we did a
week at El Camino de Santiago, which
is in Galicia. And then we finished up
with another two weeks in Galicia and A Coruña. [Interviewer] Why Spain in
particular? [Lexi] The program was really a
good fit for me. I needed to take nine credit hours to complete my minor,
and they were offering nine credit hours and they were also
offering courses I was interested in. They had Spanish Conversation
and Spanish literature which I was also
very interested in. So…ya. [Interviewer] I understand
also that you spent some time this
past academic year in Washington DC.
[Lexi] Ya. [Interviewer] Why was that? [Lexi] So, I was chosen as the UNG’s Political Science department,
a kind of a delegate, to be a fellow for the
CSPC, which is the Center for the
Study of the Presidency and
Congress in DC, which is a, an organization that conducts a lot
of research just about the executive-
legislative processes. And I did a Fall
conference and we went and there
are a bunch of panelists and
speakers. We got to learn a lot. And then in the Spring we presented our own research that we had conducted
throughout the year. So…it was really cool. [Interviewer] When President Jacobs announced you had
been awarded, or selected as the
PSIA, actually as the UNG Fellow
[Lexi] Ya. [Interviewer] for the program, what did that mean to you? And what did the program mean to you in hindsight? [Lexi] I was really excited. I didn’t exactly
know what to expect. But I was really honored to be
chosen, selected. Especially because a lot of the Fellows are usually seniors or grad students and I was only a junior, so kind of gave me a little bit of a head start when it came to getting into the field that I’m
interested in. [Interviewer] Let’s switch out
of the classroom, to another very important part of Lexi’s life as
a Nighthawk. What do you do
when you aren’t studying? Because
obviously you do a fair amount of
studying to be awarded a fellowship
such as you were. [Lexi] So I am also a member of the women’s golf team. [Interviewer] Well I presume that keeps
you rather busy [Lexi] Yes. between the two, but… As a golfer you won a very prestigious
honor this past summer. Is that correct? [Lexi] Ya. This summer I was chosen by the WCGA, which is the Women’s Coach’s Golf
Association. And it was, I was selected to be an All-American
scholar. So it was pretty cool. [Interviewer] How special is that designation? [Lexi] Pretty special.
I was honored. It’s awarded to about a thousand
people every year. So. [Interviewer] Wow.
[Lexi] Ya. [Interviewer] Well I understand
you also won another academic
honor following last year’s academic year, your
sophomore year. And that was
courtesy of your 3.94 GPA, correct? [Lexi] Yes. I was chosen to be on the Peachbelt
Conferences’s All-Academic team. [Interviewer] Congratulations Lexi
on both awards. [Lexi] Thank you. [Interviewer] Obviously you are
successful as both a UNG golfer and as a poli-sci major. How do you balance your academic workload with your competition schedule? [Lexi] Primarily time management is a very important
part of my life. It’s also very
helpful to have UNG’s online program. I take about half
of my classes in person and the
other half online. So this upcoming weekend for example, I’ll
be in Dallas from Saturday until
Tuesday, but I’m only going to be missing two
classes in person, so I really won’t be
that far behind. [Interviewer] In closing Lexi,
what do you have to say to
our viewers who either prospective
students or perhaps even
former students? [Lexi] To prospective
students — one, if you’re looking at colleges I recommend you look at UNG.
It’s a great school. It’s a really good size. so your professors know who you are, they
care about you. The programs, especially the political
science department. My advisor always
is willing to meet with me and talk to me. She knows me by name. She knows my program, my needs, what I want to do. And just in general,
just make the most of your
college experience because mine’s coming
to a close and I’m kind of sad. And
former students — Please teach me how
to be a real world adult, because that
is coming up fast. So. Ya. [Interviewer] I’m sure you’ll do fine. Someone with the successes
you have had is not going to have
a major problem I’m sure. [Lexi] Thank you. [Interviewer] Thank you for your time Lexi. [Lexi] Thank you so much
for having me. [Interviewer] And all the best as you continue to #experiencemore, in both your classroom
activities and on the links, as a
Nighthawk. [Lexi] Thank you. [music playing]

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