Welcome to #twcfall15

Welcome to #twcfall15

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Christian Holm
September 01, 2015

Hundreds of energetic students arrived at the Residential and Academic Facility on Thursday as The Washington Center welcomed another distinguished cohort of interns to Washington, D.C.


As is tradition with every TWC orientation, students received a ceremonial welcome from TWC President Mike Smith, the internship advisors who placed students in their internships and the LEAD advisors that will guide them to success over the next 15 weeks.


Orientation week always brings an energetic and optimistic feel to TWC, with students and staff alike eager to start another semester and renew their commitment to experiential learning. One of those students is Michael Posso from the University of Liverpool, U.K. Posso is a first time visitor to the United States, journeying from the other side of the Atlantic for an internship with Christian Zapatka Architect LLC., an architecture firm.


“For me, coming to America is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Not only am I getting professional experience, but I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone and taking a big step in my life. This is such a great way to take advantage of my first visit to the U.S.”


Shannon Spada shares Posso’s passion for trying something new and getting an experience she wouldn’t otherwise have at a traditional college campus. Unlike Posso, she hails from a much closer home institution - Hofstra University, N.Y. - but opted for a semester in D.C. and an internship with the American Legislative Exchange Council to pursue something she’s been passionate about for a long time.


“I’ve been to D.C. a few times before for vacation and I’ve been sad to leave every time. I feel like I was missing out on something by not staying longer and being a part of something. Now I finally get to do that.”


Students will spend this upcoming weekend getting to know fellow interns, making their rounds to popular D.C. destinations - and of course - mentally preparing for a grueling 15 week immersion into the most powerful city in the world.


The Washignton Center thanks Southwest Airlines for making a generous donation of several ticket vouchers to fall students - making it possible for several students to travel to D.C. for their life changing semester.


To view photos from orientation, click here

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