Moving In, Meeting Friends, Making Plans: Fall 2014 Interns Arrive

Moving In, Meeting Friends, Making Plans: Fall 2014 Interns Arrive

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Christian Holm
August 29, 2014

Hundreds of new faces poured into TWC residential facilities on Wednesday, Aug. 27, bringing with them their belongings and hopes for an unforgettable semester. Nearly 450 students from dozens of countries compose one of the biggest and most diverse classes in The Washington Center’s history.

 

As they checked into the Residential and Academic Facility and a nearby apartment building in the NoMa neighborhood, the fall interns eagerly posted news of their arrival and shared photos of their living spaces and new roommates via social media. During one of their first meetings as the fall 2014 cohort, Kevin Nunley, managing director of TWC’s academic internship programs, encouraged the crowd to – yes – take a selfie and post it to their favorite social media platform using the hashtag #twcfall14. He encouraged them to share their goals and what they hope to accomplish this semester through the social media “thunderclap.” Alumni and TWC staff took part as well to celebrate the official beginning of the term.

 

Walking through the halls of the RAF and Flats130, students enjoyed seeing their posts pop up in real-time through TWC’s social media tagboard, which aggregated all items tagged with #twcfall14. (See the TWC experience through students’ eyes all semester by following the tagboard.) Interns settling into their new homes away from home enjoyed a special surprise from a TWC alumna. Thanks to Kelly Schwaberow ‘07, a field marketing specialist for Red Bull, each apartment received a complimentary package of the energy drink to help kick their first week of work off right. As they placed hangers laden with suits in closets and toiletries in the bathrooms, interns spoke about looking forward to new friendships, adventures and personal growth over the next three months.

 

“All of my roommates are completely different, and I will get the chance to experience many new things while living with them,” says Nancy Valev (Institution: Emerson College, Mass.; Internship: PBS). “I also love our accommodations, the rooms are beautiful.”

 

Orientation began on Aug. 28, when students met their academic program advisors, civic engagement project leaders and career services staff. Before the interns met with their separate groups, Nunley reminded each that a successful semester begins with the right focus.

 

“It doesn’t cost anything to have a good attitude,” he said. “It’s simply a mindset.”

 

Additional orientation events scheduled include walking tours of trendy D.C. neighborhoods and numerous Labor Day events around Washington.

 

Click here to view photos from the Orientation ceremony.

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