Home Institution: University of New Hampshire
Internship Site: National Defense University - Near East South Asia Center
Program: International Affairs
Well here we go, folks; it looks like we're coming to the end of the line. I'm finally back in New Hampshire enjoying the 75 degree weather, cool breeze, and the lush greenery that surounds me, but at the same time I'm missing DC terribly. I apologize to some of my more diligent readers for how late this blog is, but with all the craziness of moving out it took me a while to get back to blogging and I have only now just had some time to sit down and complete this final farewell.
So there's obviously tons of fun stuff to do in DC and what's great about being in the nation's capital is that about half of that fun stuff is free because it's a part of the Smithsonian Institution.
So I generally like to keep a cohesive theme in my blogs, but during my time in DC I've accumulated a lot of pictures that are cool but just completely unrelated to each other. I figured I couldn't keep them to myself so I hope you all enjoy!
One of the coolest things about being in D.C. is seeing and being able to visit all the embassies in town.
So it took me forever to get around to it, but finally (after three months of being in DC) I made my way to the Hill. One great thing about being in DC, and particularly The Washington Center, is that we have a very large Political Leadership Program. A number of the students in said program actually intern on the Hill for a Congressman/woman or Senator, and thus have easy access to the Capitol building at all times. So luckily for my friends and me, a couple of our staffer pals decided to take us on a little guided tour this past Saturday without having to wait in the rain for an hour.
Ever since our last seminar ended at NESA, the other interns and I have been spending most of our weeks going to the various think-tank events and academic seminars that DC has to offer. This however, would be entirely impossible if it wasn't for dc.linktank.com, a subscription-based website that posts tons of think-tank events and free seminars going on around the city.
So I know I said that I was done talking about the SES, but I found a couple more pictures from it that I figured I had to share. What can I say; I guess I’m just a liar. I also said that there were only a few things that were different from the last seminar and, while that’s true, I totally blanked about one of our nighttime events that took place at the St. Regents Hotel.
So after more than a month of back-to-back seminars at the NESA Center, my fellow interns and I finally have a nice break off. It seems to me that a lot of interns here at the Washington Center have an internship that requires a moderate amount of work on a daily basis but, for those future TWC kids out there reading this, this is not the case at the NESA Center.
I can't believe the Giants won the Super Bowl. To be honest, I still haven't really accepted that they won. I mean, did they really win? This whole week has been characterized by a depressing daily ritual where I google "Super Bowl 2012", see the score, swear, and then threaten to throw myself into a volcano. And you know what really sucks? Having a roommate who's a Giants fan.
So it probably (and by ‘probably’, I mean ‘definitely’) wasn’t a good idea to hold off on my first blog post until three weeks into my time in D.C., but as fate would have it, for the first week and a half I was here I didn’t feel like I had much to write about it, and obviously as soon as I did have stuff to write about I became far too busy to do so.