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Kwabena

Kwabena

Home Institution: Western Kentucky University

Internship Site: Innovation of Civic Participation

Program: International Affairs Program

Lasting Lessons

Friday, May 31, 2013

So, this is it—the final post. It has been a pleasure to blog about my experience in D.C. this spring semester. I won’t say it has been easy at times, but it has been one of many learning experiences I have had over the last four months. I’ll just wrap up by concluding my feelings about TWC programming, living and working in the District, and the people.  

Interview with Byeon Jin Jeong

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The below is an interview I conducted with fellow student Byeon Jin Jeong in late March. I was interested to hear his perspective as an international student living and working in D.C. As you'll find out Byeon has traveled a bit and probably has more experience with D.C. than I do.   Where are you from?Seoul, Republic of Korea   What school do you attend and what is your major?I study History at Korea University  

When am I ever going to use this?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Some people scoff at History, English, and other liberal arts majors for not having much “practical” use, compared to engineering and the physical sciences. Often I would hear this indelible question from my high school and sometimes college peers: “When am I ever going to need to know this?”  The truth is not everything I’ve learned in a classroom is applicable to practical matters, but there were several instances while working that I found myself using skills I had developed at my university. My most invaluable skills were concise writing, editing, and quick composition.  

Memorial and Museums Part 2

Monday, May 06, 2013

I know I had previously said that I couldn't find the pictures for part 1. Well, I actually forgot that I had saved them to my flash drive before handing my sister my camera. So here are the pictures:   The George Mason Memorial   The Lobsterman Tribute

Memorial and Museum Tour (Part 1)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

On some of the nicer days in D.C., I’ve taken trips to less touristy sights around town. I had pictures for these places; unfortunately, my sister, who borrowed my camera while she was visiting, left the camera at a family friend’s house.   I'm also having some technical difficulties with embedding a Google Map of all of these places, so you'll have to use this. A nice way to view the different locations!  

Housing

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

While TWC provides wonderful housing facilities at the RAF at NOMA in D.C. and RAF at Solaire in Silver Spring, MD, financial constraints caused me to find my own housing in D.C. I thought it would be easy: a decent sized city with plenty of interns and young professionals, how hard would it be to find housing? It’s actually a little harder than I thought.  

Perspectives

Saturday, April 06, 2013

I have a bad habit of inadvertently placing myself into awkward situations. During an extremely wintry day in my college town, I had tried to unlock my bike from the railing at a donut shop I had stopped at for breakfast. For some reason, my lock key didn’t work, so I had to disassemble the bike to pull it off the railing. To any observer, it would’ve looked as if I was stealing a bike. Thankfully, no one called the cops to report a bike theft.  

Missed Opportunities

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Three weeks ago I was at the National Portrait Gallery (part of the Smithsonian Art Museum). I had arrived after work to finish the first level of the right side of the museum as part of my “museums and memorials” (m&m) mission -- to see, in their entirety, as many museums and memorials as I can. That day was my second day in a week at the gallery. I passed an hour in the American Civil War section, glancing at early photographs of President Abraham Lincoln, portraits of several generals (my favorite being an imposing portrait of Ulysses S.

The Daily Grind

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A little over two weeks ago, I moved from Arlington, VA to a place north of Columbia Heights in D.C. Before then, I was couch-surfing at a friend's place in Arlington, Va.  While I appreciate my friend for accommodating me for so long, it is great to have an actual bed and some privacy; dressing/undressing in a living room can be very awkward. Now I can finally settle into D.C. My commute has cut down from a bloated hour transit to a slim 15-20 min bus ride and walk to work.

Lost in Space

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Hello everyone! My name is Kwabena Boateng. I’m a senior International Affairs and Chemistry student from Western Kentucky University. This semester I’ll be interning at a non-profit civic agency group called Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) and, when I’m not busy with work or participating in many activities with the Washington Center, I'll be traveling through D.C. and the surrounding area. Join me as I narrate my next three months in D.C., blemishes and all.   Serendipity



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