The Washington Center



Home Institution: University of South Florida

Internship Site: Rock Creek Nature Center

Program: Science, Technology, and Society

The Washington Center: A Look Back

Monday, May 07, 2012

The Washington Center: A Look Back   The Washington Center is without a doubt an excellent opportunity for anyone who has a chance to attend. It is worth noting, however, that not all experiences are going to be the same. What follows is a critical review of TWC from the perspective of both a STS program student and now, former intern.  

Greetings! This post is for all the interns making their way here in the coming summer and fall semesters. I, like so many of you, came here from a suburb, and never having lived in a city before, was immediately thrown into the deep end (metaphorically speaking). I very quickly had to learn the comings and goings – what to see, eat, and do – in order to make the most of my time here. What follows are a few brief lists that should help you make a seamless transition to the urban lifestyle.   Sights to See

Almost Over, But Not Done Yet

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We may only have a little over a week left of our internships, but I’m still making the most of my time here in the district. I have several things on my “To Do in DC” bucket list still yet to cross off, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying.  

Good News & Goodbyes & Good Food

Monday, April 16, 2012

Time is quickly running out for us here at The Washington Center. In a few short weeks, we return to our previous lives, and for some of us, myself included, that means graduation. I’m looking forward to putting all the papers and the commuting to class behind me, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to miss the people. I’ve made a lot of friends back home at USF (and a couple new ones here at TWC), so it will be hard to say goodbye.

Guest Blog Post

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

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!)    

Moving Forward

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Is it April already? Where does the time keep going? Only a handful of weeks left and it seems as though there’s still so much left to do and to see. Work has been especially busy, as we recently lost one of our detail employees, several have been out sick, and two are now reporting directly to the Old Stone House in Georgetown. All in all, the Nature Center is starting to feel a bit… barren. Last Thursday, for example, it was just myself and one other ranger tasked with giving formal presentations to two separate school groups around the fourth grade level.

Braving the City That Never Sleeps

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

If there’s one thing I can say about Washington, it that it’s so conveniently located. You’re only a train or bus ride away from all kinds of major cities, from Baltimore, to Philadelphia, to New York. This past week I seized that opportunity and boarded a bus bound for NYC. I only had twelve hours to explore, give or take, and I was determined to make them count. Thankfully an old high school friend of mine was currently living in Brooklyn, and offered to show me the sights. What was in store was certainly going to be a long day, but also a very memorable one.  

The Colors of Spring

Monday, March 26, 2012

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the DC cherry blossoms, I decided to take some photos highlighting the emerging colors of the District's flora. For this post, I'm going to let the pictures do the talking.        

Getting a Feel for History

Monday, March 19, 2012

The weeks keep flying by. Here it is approaching the end of March and I still feel that there is so much left to see and accomplish. I wish there were more hours in the day!   Work This past week at work was uncharacteristically busy. On Wednesday, I finally managed to begin training on the horses at our stables. The goal is to create a ranger-led trail program. If all goes well, we should be able to begin by the end of April.    

Half Way There

Monday, March 12, 2012

Can you believe it’s March already? It seems as though this semester is flying by. If you ask me, I think it has to do with working all week. Somehow, it distorts the passage of time. By Friday, you’re so exhausted that you can’t help but ask yourself where the week went. Speaking of exhausted, I had the misfortune of falling asleep on the Metro last week while coming home.

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