Twin Brothers from Westfield State University Learn History by Living in History

Twin Brothers from Westfield State University Learn History by Living in History

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Jennifer Kolb
September 11, 2014

Westfield State University bolsters The Washington Center every semester with a motivated cohort of students who come here to leave their mark in DC. Westfield had us seeing double this summer when two of these students, twin brothers John and Patrick Bartel, arrived in Washington to pursue their careers in education.


John and Patrick are aspiring history teachers who saw the nation’s capital as the perfect backdrop for cultivating their interest in history by living in it every day. The brothers learned about TWC through a Westfield peer as they hiked through the Himalayas in Nepal while on a school trip. Michaela Quimby ’13, who interned with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, raved about her experience at TWC and encouraged the brothers to apply. We caught up with the Bartel brothers for a retrospective on what TWC has taught them and how it helped them take the next step in their careers.


Tell us why your experience this summer was so important to your professional and personal development


Patrick: My experience has been extremely positive. I enjoyed living in a city for the first time in my life and I loved interning at The Land Trust Alliance; the people I worked with made the experience even better.


John: My experience this summer has been unlike anything else in my life. I interned at the Treasury Department and conducted historical research, a field I am very passionate about. My time at TWC enhanced my resume and facilitated the development of other skills, including interview skills, networking skills and working day to day in a professional environment.


Did a semester at TWC provide you with opportunities that otherwise would not have been available to you?


John: There is no way I would have been able to complete such an engaging internship anywhere else. I partook in high level meetings and was given real responsibilities at my internship, including a historical research project I worked on throughout the summer that I was able to take the lead on.


Has a semester in Washington prepared you for the professional world?


Patrick: I pride myself on professionalism and interning in Washington has enhanced my professional development as an individual, leaving me better prepared for the post-college world.


John: A semester in Washington completed my transition to becoming a responsible adult and now I can take on any challenge that comes my way.


How has TWC helped you accomplish your goals?


Patrick: I aspire to teach high school history and the academic experience I gained at TWC has definitely prepared me to do just that.


John: Spending a semester in Washington has reaffirmed my career goals, making it one of the most valuable things I took away from TWC.

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