I Can't Wait to Retire!

I Can't Wait to Retire!

On my last day at my internship, USCHS hosted a luncheon in honor of one of its employees who was retiring after working there for 18 years. During the lunch, everyone went around and shared what a positive impact this woman had on the society and on all of their lives. Some laughed, some cried, and the honoree received several gifts. As I walked home after my last day, I couldn't help thinking to myself, "I can't wait until I retire!"

 

Now, I know this message isn't exactly the one that TWC would like its interns to take away from their experiences in Washington, so I'll try to qualify it a little bit: I can't wait to have such a productive, useful, helpful, and meaningful career that not only am I sad when I retire, but my colleagues are as well (so sad that they give everyone a free lunch). And, if it hadn't been for The Washington Center, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to work in such a supportive environment and catch a glimpse into how I want to shape my own career one day.

 

In my "practice blog" that I wrote to apply to become part of TWC's blog team, I gave myself a "To-Do" list of things to be completed over my winter vacation. I was finding it a little hard to stay motivated (and wake up before 10 a.m.) in my post-finals bliss. "What happened to the girl who, just one week ago, was tucked away in the library, elbow-deep in Robert Frost theory, an hour before her roommates even woke up?," I wrote. Now, on my fifth day back at home in Connecticut after my semester in D.C., I'm finding the same problem... although I should change "Robert Frost theory" to "fun facts about 1816." With so few time-sensitive commitments on my plate, I can't seem to resolve myself to complete any tasks--except for reading the fourth Game of Thrones book, which I told myself would be my reward to finishing the semester (and a much too distracting past-time to pursue in Washington).

 

But, much like my sample blog post, I do have a small number of things to do on my To-Do List. On Tuesday, I finally finished my independent study with Dickinson that I've been working on all semester (a final, 14-pager on Gertrude Stein's children's books written during World War II), which was a huge relief. Now, finishing unpacking is certainly on the top of my list, along with starting to work on the research I'll be doing with a professor at Dickinson. Long walks and extreme cuddles with my dog are an obvious given.

 

I am very happy to be home but sad to have left Washington. I loved living in the city, and my time with The Washington Center was exactly what I wanted out of my semester off-campus. I gained independence; applied my academic skills to a non-profit four days a week, which helped shape my post-grad career goals; cooked my own meals; took (and nearly mastered!) public transportation; and am now ready to go back to Dickinson in the fall feeling refreshed and revived. Thank you to all who helped make the past three-and-a-half-months a success! I will miss you, D.C.

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