This week we talked with Andrew Stoehr for our profile series Fellow Spotlights. We discussed what was appealing to him about joining the Spencer Frye Fellowship Program, what his best experience has been so far, and what some of Andrew’s favorite things about Athens are.
Graduation Date: I will graduate in May 2017.
Major or Area of Study:I am a Pre-Law Psychology Major.
Hometown: Savannah, Georgia.
Community Campus Involvement: I am a part of the UGA Mock Trial team, a program that has earned a good amount of national respect. We go to numerous tournaments throughout the year in cities from Chicago to Orlando, and run two tournaments of our own in Atlanta. I also worked full-time as an intern at Georgia Victory last Fall, where I spent the semester canvassing and making phone calls for Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter.
What interested you most about the Spencer Frye Fellowship Program?
I joined this fellowship program because I was interested to see how the legislative process works.
What have you learned as a Fellow?
So far, I’ve learned that most of the policies that affect our day-to-day lives are decided at the state-level and that state legislators have to pay constant attention in order to stay on top of everything that’s going on. It is by no means an easy job.
What are your future goals?
My goal is to practice civil rights litigation. It may sound strange, but I feel more comfortable in a courtroom than most other places. From my experience with mock trial, I’ve found that litigation is definitely my calling, and civil rights is an issue that I am quite passionate about.
What do you love most about Athens?
For me, the best thing about Athens is that it’s compact. Everything is close together, and many of my favorite places are within walking distance. Not only does that save money on gas, but it also makes the city feel more like a community.
What’s been the best experience so far?
My best experience was the semester I spent canvassing. I got to meet and talk to so many new people in Athens and see parts of the city that I didn’t even know existed until then.
Favorite Athens hang-out?
My favorite hangout here is Transmet. I’ve shared so many memories there, and their pizza is pretty darn good too.
Favorite local band/musician?
I’d have to go with Reptar.
My favorite comedian is hands-down Jon Stewart. There wasn’t even a contest for that question.
Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
Nassau, Bahamas is the most interesting place I’ve been to. The local food is fantastic, and the culture is very entertaining.
If you could spend one day with anyone, who would it be and why?
If I could spend one day with anyone in the world, I would spend it with Barack Obama. That may sound cliché at first, but I would sincerely love to share an intelligent conversation and ask him serious questions about his experiences, advice he has to give, and how he views his legacy. Not to mention how much I would enjoy playing some 1-on-1 against the leader of the free world. There is little doubt in my mind that he would be a fun person to spend time with.
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