Guest Blog Post
Greetings, fellow interns, TWC staff, Washingtonians, random Facebook friends, and that guy we all like to talk about but never want to hang out with. (You know who you are)! This special mid-week blog is brought to you buy my friend Lea, who, after much coercion, bribery, and begging had consented to providing me with a guest blog. I assumed you were all getting tired of my pedantic ramblings and might enjoy a change from the norm. Enjoy! (And don't forget to leave her some nice comments!)
Hi there! I am Josh’s guest blogger for the week. My name is Lea Park-Kim, and I am so happy to share a little bit about me and my life in Washington D.C. with you all.
First of all, I want to tell you something about me. I am from San Diego and am a student of the University of San Diego. I love spending time on the beach, running, travelling, and baseball. This is a picture of the Pacific Beach on Christmas Eve. I like running along the boardwalk or along the water here.
I love running and one of my favorite moments in D.C. has been running the 40th Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race last Sunday. It was truly a blast! The beautiful course followed the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King memorial, and the Potomac River.
I also love baseball and I am so excited for the regular season to kick off! I already have done the site visit. I am a loyal San Diego Padres fan and have been lucky enough to watch them play already at the Spring Training this year in Arizona.
I am currently interning for American Councils for International Education. My department deals with foreign exchange students who come to the United States usually for a full academic year, host families who open their houses and hearts to these students, and local coordinators who help us place the exchange students to host families and help both parties throughout the year. This is my desk.
I really enjoy my work. I am an international relations major at the University of San Diego, and learning more about countries that Americans have not historically understood such as Yemen, Serbia, Russia, Nigeria, Indonesia, etc. has been the greatest learning experience I have gained here in Washington D.C. I am currently working on reading the applications of 2012-2013 finalists and making one-page profiles of each student for host families and local coordinators to look at.
When I am not working, I enjoy exploring Washington D.C. One of my favorite sites includes the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I believe it is the tallest building in Washington D.C.
Also, Ford’s Theater has taught me so much about the life of President Lincoln and the D.C. of the 1800’s.
I love finding local cafés and reading some books or working on my papers (and there are many papers to be written). Here are some cafes I visited during some mellow weekends. My boss at American Councils for International Education recommended Big Bear Café, and coincidentally it was in walking distance from my yoga class. The next one, Filter, is in a vibrant neighborhood of Dupont Circle, and I visited the place with my roommate, Megan, soon after our life in D.C. started.
As I have mentioned, I love running, and I decide to spread my love for running with other people. I joined Girls on the Run, an organization that educates young girls to develop healthy life styles and self-respect through running. The 12-week program concludes with a 5k race at the end of the season. I am a coach for the Jewish Primary Day School’s Girls on the Run team, and I have been in love with the program and all the girls ever since the season started.
I hope you all have a chance visit our beautiful Capitol sometime soon. I am excited to finish up my last couple of months here in Washington D.C., and I am thankful that I was able to gain new perspectives and exciting experiences through my adventures! I would like to conclude this post with a quote from one of my favorite books:
“It's such a shame to waste time. We always think we have so much of it.”
― Mitch Albom, For One More Day