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Lauren

Lauren

Home Institution: Texas Christian University

Internship Site: CBS News

Program: Media and Communications

Christmas in the Sun

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I have dreaded this day for the past month - writing my last blog entry for the Washington Center. I cannot believe it is over. I am so happy that I was able to write about my experience in D.C. It has been so much fun being able to share all of these moments with all of you! Thank you for reading. It is always so strange how fast the holidays go by... it went by faster than my semester at TWC (way too fast).

The Transition

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I love being home so far. It is very, very relaxing. I have been getting a lot of sleep (which is so nice) and spending as much time with my family as I can. I also have been hiking and enjoying the beautiful California weather. I am going to start playing tennis at our neighborhood courts because I am taking a tennis class next semester! :)

Farewell East Coast... Back to the West Coast!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The airport was packed early Saturday morning. I expected it would be because it is so close to Christmas and the holiday season. I always remember to check in online just to speed up the process! I am pretty used to flying back and forth since I do that between home (in California) and school (in Texas) frequently. Fortunately, this time I only had one overweight bag... better than usual. :) The airlines are so expensive nowadays so remember to pack lightly! I had shipped enough stuff back to school that I only ended up with two large suitcases on the flight back home.

Saying Goodbye

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I dreaded the last week of the semester as I started packing up boxes to send back to Texas. Those boxes sat empty in my room for a while because with every box I packed I felt like I was speeding up the inevitable. I have not felt this excited about a city in a very long time. I fell in love with D.C. quickly and unexpectedly. I knew that I would like it but I did not know that when I had to leave it would be so painful. But I found comfort in the fact that I will be back at the end of January and hopefully again after that!

Mom & Friends Visit D.C.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It is always nice having friends or family in a new city you are moving to! Ironically, a family that we know from my hometown was moving to Washington, D.C. around the same time that I was in August. The father of the family got a new position just outside of the city so they packed up and moved just before I did. I was excited to know someone here just in case. In Texas I have some family friends as well as the family that I nanny for.

My Trip to The Big Apple

Monday, December 03, 2012

I have wanted to make a trip to New York City since the beginning of the semester but time sure does fly by! Between a full time internship, classes and Washington Center assignments this semester has been so busy. Luckily, I completed my class work and my last TWC assignment (the portfolio) a week before my trip. I did not want to have to worry about finishing assignments and all that, especially since we are leaving soon. I am so sad it is almost over! Sadly, I have never been to New York until this past week. I loved every second of being in the city!

Coast to Coast

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

At the beginning of the semester we had the opportunity to put our names into a lottery for a Pentagon and/or White House tour. I emailed my name back to be put on the list but did not hear anything until later in the semester - I got on the list for the Pentagon tour! I was so excited; I guess I just figured since I never heard back right away that I was too late. But woo hoo! We met in the morning during the week. It was chilly outside! After Hurricane Sandy we have had cold, cold weather. I keep praying that it will snow!

The Post-Election Life

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

What an amazing time to be in Washington, D.C. I am so grateful to be here! I cannot seem to say it enough. While I am relieved that the election is over (no more political advertisements!), I am also really sad that the campaign is over! The past two-and-a-half months have been amazing working at a news organization during the campaign season. The city itself is so energetic. Everybody here is so motivated and passionate about what they do. I decided that I am going to move back here after graduation! I just cannot imagine being away from D.C. now that I have lived here.

Halloween & The Frankenstorm

Friday, November 02, 2012

Towards the end of the week before Sandy we had heard about the hurricane headed towards the east coast but we really had no idea just how bad it would be. One of my coworkers printed out this graphic of the hurricane's path and put it next to our campaign map of the U.S.! It looked like we were in the bull's-eye of the storm so everyone was a little bit concerned at this point. Luckily, the D.C. area did not get hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. However, other parts of Virginia and especially areas in New York and New Jersey were not as fortunate.

If you are thinking about interning the best piece of advice I can give you is to be proactive and do more than what is expected of you at your internship site. Look for opportunities to help out before work, after work and on the weekends. I promise that you will learn so much and gain some of the most valuable experience by putting your foot in as many doors as possible. I knew the presidential and vice presidential debate schedule because I had put it up on the white board in the office. I also worked a couple of the overnight shifts to help the team on debate nights.



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