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How did WMP change your life?

It’s like the secret brotherhood at AU. I got to know a lot of people on campus through the program.
Your  Future. Your  Washington Mentorship.

William Erickson, WMP Alum 2009

Name
William Erickson

Where’s home?
San Diego

What is/was your major?
I have a double major in Philosophy as well as Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG)

What school do/did you attend?
The School of Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences

What are you passionate about/interested in?
Games, philosophy, business

Your career ambition?
Philosopher

What are you doing now?
I have a part time job at school and I own my own small business.

Why did you choose WMP?
I wanted to be in D.C. and I was attracted to AU’s campus and the internship, I was working with the FBI at the time and really wanted to continue.

Where was your internship and what do you do there?
My internship was with the FBI and I can’t tell you what I did there. (Not because they’ll kill me, but I would like to stay out of federal prison).

Favorite experience in the program?
The FBI academy at Quantico, I went with one of my professor’s other classes. Also, for the Introduction to Systems of Justice course we went to the DEA headquarters, and that was awesome.

What do you love about your Seminar?
The site visits were awesome. I’ve been to the State Department (twice), Voice of America, the DEA, the FBI, Arlington county Jail, and of course Capital Hill.

What is the most favorite part of your week at Washington Mentorship?
My favorite part of the week was the seminar/ site visit/ speaker days. If we didn’t go somewhere awesome we got to listen to someone awesome.

What do you want the world to know about WMP?
There is no better way to get to know D.C. than as a freshman through the WMP. It is the way to wake up after high school and realize what you can do in the world.

Favorite course of study?
Philosophy. People ask me, “Why a philosophy major? You can’t do anything with it,” but philosophy extends more than people realize, it is the core of every belief, and every action.

What do/did you do for fun in D.C. and on the weekends?
Shop in Pentagon or Columbia Heights, hit up the movies in Bethesda or Chinatown, and the museums every once in a while. Not to mention AU has awesome events that go on, we had 30 seconds to mars and cee lo green come this year.

Who is/has been the biggest influence on your WMP experience so far?
My professors were the biggest influence on my experience. They were both awesome, and I learned so much from both of them.

Favorite quote?
"Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey - reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived. After all, Number One, we're only mortal." – Captain Picard