Discovering the Nooks and Crannies of D.C.

Lin-hsiu Huang discovering D.C. as an intern

Slipstream, Logan Circle. I could feel the espresso shot in my body; I just flew a red-eye from Utah, and it was still hard to grasp that I was in Washington, D.C.

I distinctly remember when I was in D.C. last spring; I biked around The National Mall, I engaged in politically-based activism, I allowed myself to meet people from all walks of life, and I told myself: “I want to intern in D.C. at some point in my undergraduate career.”

Here I am, a year later. I am here, and I am here to chase my dreams.

There are countless TV shows and movies based in the District. There’s quite a stereotype portrayed about what living in D.C. is like. Take House of Cards for example, do you think politicians are accurately depicted in the show?

Lin-hsiu visiting a museum.
Visiting a museum after returning to D.C. to intern.

I have only lived in D.C. for a week, and although a short week should not be huge indication, I think I am slowly dissolving, for myself, the myth that D.C. centers around corrupt politicians. This city is full of interesting and unique individuals -- and it is my responsibility, as someone who will be spending the next few months in D.C., to learn and listen.

I live in a generation of changes. I see them, I feel them, and I want to be part of this revolution. Luckily, being in D.C. makes that goal more accessible. Like a house of cards, our nation and capital city are built very meticulously. It falls over easily, yes; however, my United States of America is built on cards of love, diversity, acceptance, and inclusion.

It is terribly difficult not to associate the negativity that is covered in national media with the city. But let me tell you: D.C. is one of the most culturally rich and vibrant cities in the nation.    

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Visiting the Capitol Building
The Capitol Building on a crisp winter day.

D.C. is a special place. It is our nation’s capital; a lot of “government things” happen here, so naturally, it felt far too “concrete” for me the first few times I was here. Spring of 2017, however, I was here presenting my research and passion, talking to congressional members and other influencers, visiting so many corners of the city, and falling in love with the "concreteness.” I learned that I, too, have a voice. It is terribly difficult not to associate the negativity that is covered in national media with the city. But let me tell you: D.C. is one of the most culturally rich and vibrant cities in the nation.    

I am interning at a think-tank that sits perfectly downtown, and it has been one of the greatest learning opportunities I’ve ever had. My first week at The Future of Privacy Forum exceeded my expectations. My work was both creative and informative: re-designing the newsletter, one-pagers, and the organization’s Annual Report. On top of that, I am working on website analytics and updating the organization’s Privacy Calendar, Salesforce, and Media Mentions. I particularly enjoy the open office setting and the trust that’s given to me by my supervisors and colleagues.

Outside of work, I have been able to hit a few museums on my list – the Hirshhorn and Renwick Galleries being my favorites – and explored the authenticity of the city. I was even able to commute to the University of Maryland – College Park after work to practice Diabolo (Chinese yo-yo) for a performance that will take place at George Washington University around Lunar New Year.

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Lin-hsiu Huang is a passionate student, freelance artist, graphic designer, mentor, undergraduate research fellow, creator, and learner. Fond of typography, coffee, and art galleries. Lin is originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and she is seeking a dual degree in BFA Art/Design and BS Mathematics at Morehead State University.

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