This week we talked with Laura Pontari for our profile series Fellow Spotlights. We discussed what was appealing to her about joining the Spencer Frye Fellowship Program, what her best experience has been so far, and what some of Laura’s favorite things about Athens are.
Spanish, Political Science, Economics
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
Staff writer for The Chapel Bell: A Positive Press Publication, member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, tutor for Whatever It Takes UGA, World Ambassador, team leader for UGA HERO
What interested you most about the Spencer Frye Fellowship Program?
I loved the fact that I would be able to visit the State House with Representative Frye in the Spring and to research the policies he would be voting on. It is an amazing opportunity to be involved firsthand in the legislative process and gain a greater understanding of the inner workings of the government.
What have you learned from your time as a Fellow?
I’ve learned a lot about how campaigning works and the ways that politicians interact with their constituency.
What are your future goals?
After graduation I hope to attend law school, and I would love to work in politics in the future.
What do you love most about Athens?
I love that Athens is so full of life. There’s always something to do, whether it’s a farmer’s market or festival, or a night out. I’ve lived here for two years and am still discovering new restaurants, coffee shops, and things to see.
What’s been the best experience so far?
It’s been really cool to talk to people in the community and hear their concerns. We’ve been going door to door and have gotten such a positive response from the constituents.
Favorite Athens hang out?
I love the botanical gardens. There’s nothing better than passing a lazy afternoon reading or writing in the botanical gardens.
Favorite local musician/band?
I listened to Neutral Milk Hotel and a lot of the Elephant 6 bands before I even knew what Athens was, so I try and see them whenever they come into town.
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