The Washington Center



Home Institution: University of South Florida

Internship Site: Rock Creek Nature Center

Program: Science, Technology, and Society

Keeping Busy (Or At Least Trying To)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hello again, Washingtonians! It's been two weeks since my last post, so I daresay that I'm overdue. Unfortunately, like Kaitlyn, my activities have gotten to the point where they're now routine, and the "newness" and excitement of everything has worn off. Keeping that in mind, finding suitable blogging material has been more difficult to come by. Regardless, I think you'll find this post enjoyable.   Work

Playing the Tourist

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hello again! As I read over the various happenings from my other blog-mates, I can't help but feel a tad bit dismayed at their more active internships, at least when compared to my own. If I had one major critique from working at Rock Creek, it would be the very slow nature of the work. I spend the majority of my day in front of a computer screen developing a presentation that will eventually be displayed in our exhibit area. The progress of my project is perpetually hampered by the fact we only have one computer that is capable of producing the type of product I wish to create.

Experiencing History

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Rock Creek Park has played host to many guests throughout its tenure as the district’s largest preserve. Perhaps none is more remembered and beloved than Theodore Roosevelt. In his autobiography he remarked, "When our children were little, we were for several winters in Washington, and each Sunday afternoon the whole family spent in Rock Creek Park, which was then very real country indeed." (1)

The Adjustment Period

Monday, January 30, 2012

The transition from a relatively quiet suburban lifestyle to an altogether independent urban environment has been unique, to say the least. Aside from the obvious learning curve indicative of my transplant status, there have been several subtle nuances to metropolitan living that you simply don’t notice until you experience it. For example, while the Metro is easy enough to master – from its schedule to its direction – there is no way to prepare for the way people will force themselves past you to board or exit, or even along the escalators.

The Road To Washington

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It would be safe to say that the idea of an internship was something I had never considered before, let alone one in Washington, DC. Yet that is exactly what was proposed to me when I visited my advisor in the early weeks of the fall 2011 semester. I was set to graduate with a degree in American Studies - an interdisciplinary field of study equal parts history, humanities, and anthropology - but with no clue as to what type of a career I wanted.

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