Home Institution: Wright State University Main Campus
Internship Site: Peace Corps
Program: International Affairs
There's a documentary film called 180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless. It's about a young man named Jeff Johnson who journeys from Ventura, California to Patagonia, Chile, retracing the 1968 route that Yvon Chouinard (founder of the Patagonia line) and Doug Tompkins (founder of The North Face line) took on their journey. Johnson decided to travel to Patagonia to accomplish his life goal of climbing the Corcovado Volcano and signed on with a small boat heading for Chile to complete his travels.
When I first read the e-mail containing the message, "Congratulations! You've been nominated to attend a discussion on Obama Administration sub-Saharan Africa Policy at The White House" my immediate thought was that I was obviously receiving spam. Someone must have found out about my massive crush on the Obama Administration and decided to play a cruel joke on me. The only thing that made me think otherwise was the fact that the e-mail came from someone at The Washington Center. Hmmm... Not Spam
It's a dog-eat-dog world for interns in D.C. With over 20,000 of us roaming the streets of Washington every summer it is essential to have your game face on at any given moment. For those of us looking for a job to replace our internship at its conclusion, we treat every person we meet as a potential contact or networking opportunity. With this in mind, I obviously can't give away all my secrets to success, so instead I will give you this handy guide on being the worst possible intern ever. Because remember folks, it's a dog-eat-dog world out there...
I can think of nothing I would rather do on the Fourth of July than listen to countless people sing me the "Firework" song by Katy Perry. WAIT. Yes I can. Spending it on the lawn at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with three of my favorite people, perhaps? After spending the entire day snoozing by the pool, my friends and I donned our best red, white, and blue outfits so as to properly wish the ole' U.S.A. a very happy birthday.
It's only fitting that the one weekend my mom drives 8 hours from Ohio to visit we end up spending three days like this... Power down in the greater D.C. area!
It's no secret that long distance friendships are tough. Finding the time to stay connected can be difficult and finding the time to visit can be even more difficult. So when my best friend from New York said he was coming to visit this past weekend I was ecstatic! Grant and I grew up together and have been best friends since 7th grade. We're pros at the long distance friendship since he went to Columbia College in Chicago and I stayed in Ohio. He then promptly moved to New York after graduation to work for Rachel Ray.
My ability to find humor in just about anything is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing for obvious reasons, but it also leads me to chuckle incessantly at things that probably aren't as funny in real life as they are in my head. For instance...
I was going to do a fun and exciting blog entry about fun and exciting things but I happen to be battling a head cold right now and it is also a rainy, dreary Tuesday so I will instead tell you about my weekend and how Germ-X has let me down.
If you've ever worked for the government or even had a conversation with a government employee you will relate all too well with these sentiments. I have a stack of papers on my desk that consists of nothing but a massive list of acronyms used on a daily basis in The Peace Corps. It's difficult to follow already and even more difficult if it's only your third day. For example, take this conversation that happened during a meeting today between two of my fellow coworkers:
Or at least that's what they told me! But after spending only three days scurrying around the city I am starting to think that these shoes were not, in fact, made for walking. Seeing as how I brought a ridiculous number of shoes with me to the city, I will just keep switching pairs until I find the most comfortable ones! I suppose I should start off with a brief intro about myself and what I'm doing here in Washington, D.C. for the summer. "Wait, your name is Katy Perry??"