The Washington Center



Home Institution: Monmouth University, New Jersey

Internship Site: Genocide Watch

Program: International Affairs Program

It's Time To Begin...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Isn't it? See what I did there?... took a contemporary song lyric (Imagine Dragons) and made it fit my life experiences at this point in time. That never gets old - even with a college degree in hand. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, a college degree in hand! I probably mentioned it sometime along the way in my multitude of blogged adventures. My semester in Washington, D.C. was, in fact, my last semester. I'm now in the process of trying to remember that life doesn't come in semesters, summers, and winter vacations anymore. It's just... well... life.  

As Promised

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen... the speech. I was nominated to speak at commencement and my audition was a speech. THE speech that I would give that day, were I to be selected. Obviously, from my last blog you know I wasn't, but this speech actually became the starting point for my capstone reflection paper that every TWC-er must write at the end of the semester. You look back on your semester and think, "Wow!" But I'll let you read about it... here we go!   THE Speech

It's the Little Things in Life

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I'm a big believer that it's the little moments in life that can make or break an experience. Looking back on my semester - which ended less than one week ago - there are so many little moments that have become so important to my TWC experience. And that's what this blog is all about. I've kept track of these moments throughout the past 15 weeks and I'm going to share a number of them with you guys.   Night In. Yes... I Have Those!

That is what one of the two student speakers, Jocelyn McCown, said to the crowd as she addressed us at The Washington Center Commencement on Monday. It's our final Monday in Washington as part of the program, and it's weird... I don't know whether to be happy or sad... excited or nervous. So I'm actually just all of those things at once! It was a good experience to sit through commencement, though. We got to hear from some notable people and even our peers. It was a last moment of inspiration as we head into our last week in D.C.  

Girl Rising

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

If you read my blog called "World Bank Chillin!" you'll remember I was super thrilled to visit the World Bank during a Monday programming session. You'll also remember I was super motivated by a video we saw that Nike put out promoting education for girls. If you had time to check out Nike's campaign, you'll know the benefits the organization claims that educating girls has on the world.

World Bank Chillin!

Monday, April 22, 2013

^ The text on the Snapchat I sent to ALL of my friends last Monday as I took a seat in the basement auditorium of the World Bank. I can't include the picture itself because, you know, it's Snapchat and the pictures aren't permanent. But that's probably lucky for you... I looked like a kid on Christmas! A doofy kid on Christmas.  

On Friday, April 12th I had the opportunity to meet with my Congressman, Representative Rob Andrews, just to chat and talk public policy. Another great part of The Washington Center's program is a Public Policy Dialogue on Capitol Hill that all TWC students participate in. James Liska - who is the coordinator for these visits - schedules all of the students a visit on the Hill (and I have to say... props to him!

Jersey Spring's Got Nothing on D.C.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I won't lie, I've never been the biggest fan of spring; the warm, humid days that make me icky on my way to work, the pollen that literally collects on every surface throughout the whole season, and the bugs that come out of hiding (ew, forecasts for cicadas this year...I don't even want to go there!). I'm a December baby, so I've always been more about the fall and winter weather. But, I had never experienced spring in D.C. While those things that make me dislike spring still exist in D.C., the beauty of this city far outweighs the negatives.  

You Had How Many!?

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Only three! Well, four if you count the last one as two considering how big it is... no worries, ladies and gents, I'm talking about cupcakes! Well, in that case you might want to worry because I probably ate my whole weekend's worth of calories in one afternoon. And I shamelessly didn't work out at all that day! Last Saturday my little sister, Erin, and dear friend, Sarah, came to visit me here in Washington, D.C. With all of the infamously good cupcake places around, we decided to do a cupcake tour!   Stop 1: Georgetown Cupcakes in Bethesda

It's Not So Different Afterall

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Disclaimer: I'm about to get partially sappy on you. Originally, I saw this post coming at the end of my time in D.C. However, it's the mid-point of my semester and it's crunch time for my class, internship, programming, post-graduation plans, etc. So I've been thinking a lot recently about my time in D.C. up to this point, and... well... here goes! I've realized that it's not so different than Monmouth [home] like I thought it'd be.   The Gym Stilllllll Taunts Me

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