Ciao D.C.

Ciao D.C.

Washington, D.C. is kind of like stepping into a hot tub—it’s hot, unpredictable and a little overwhelming at first, but it gradually becomes more enjoyable as you settle in. As I stepped off the little propeller jet in Baltimore, I was not expecting to be hit by such a sudden wave of humidity. I can honestly say that the D.C. outdoors feels like a hot yoga studio most of the time. Despite the mugginess, the lovely land of D.C. is enchanting, and I fall in love with it more and more every day.

Anyway, before I get ahead of myself, I feel like you, my soon-to-be devoted reader, should get to know me a little bit before I reveal all my personal stories. My name is Katherine and I’m a student from the University of Alberta in Canada. Geographically speaking, I’m America’s friendly neighbor up North. My hobbies include (but are not limited to): eating goldfish crackers, reading random facts on Wikipedia and watching Leonardo Dicaprio movies. I also really like producing videos, which actually brings me to why I’m here at The Washington Center in the first place.


Just sittin' in D.C

I get really excited sometimes...especially in D.C


Aside from being an English major at the University of Alberta, I also work at their student newspaper as the Multimedia Editor. In the few years that I’ve been involved in the student newspaper (a.k.a The Gateway), I’ve had the chance to interview some of my idols, take home countless free CDs and run around with microphones and cameras. From working at the paper, I discovered my love for videography, photography and writing. Below is a multimedia compilation video that I produced at the end of the school year. Basically, it highlights all of the hilarious multimedia moments from the 2012/2013 publishing year. I couldn’t choose just one video, but I would highly recommend checking out our YouTube channel for some guaranteed laughs.


The Gateway Multimedia Compilation Video



The First Day

Encountering other anxious college interns at orientation was strangely comforting, but to be honest, by the time I sat down all I wanted was some sleep and food. In Edmonton, I had gotten up at 3a.m. to catch my flight, and I wasn’t too thrilled to be awake by the time I got to D.C. Though I felt like a zombie during the majority of the orientation, I stuck it out. When it was over, my roommates and I ventured off into D.C. to get some bedding and food, but there were some unexpected surprises along the way. When I stepped outside, it was very dark. You know what likes to come out at night in this city? Cockroaches. Some people reading this may not think cockroaches are a big deal, but seeing cockroaches for the very first time was not part of my plan for the night. They like to walk fast down the sidewalks and scare unsuspecting Canadians like myself. Being the naïve foreigner that I am, I wore flip-flops. I squealed all the way to the grocery store. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to wear shoes at night from now on.


The Internship


My internship is amazing. I work as the video intern for Keppler Speakers Bureau in Arlington, Virginia.


That's me

My computer at Keppler


Keppler is the go-to company that provides world-class speakers for events across the country. The speakers range from celebrities to business moguls. Some notable speakers on their roster include: Frank Abignale (subject of the film and book Catch Me if you Can), Captain Jim Lovell (Apollo 13 Commander) and Ellen DeGeneres… to name a few. Here’s yet another video to get you more acquainted:



Every day in D.C. is so eventful! Whether I’m at my internship or exploring the city, I always have some type of story to tell at the end of the day. In fact, I have too many stories to fit into this one blog post for now, so I’ll have to fill you in next time!


Sayonara for now,


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