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Sara

Sara

Home Institution: Villanova University

Internship Site: IMGE

Program: Media and Communication

The End--Part 2

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

So tomorrow I will be back at my school again for senior year. I miss Washington so much. You've been listening to me blab all summer long, so I will try and keep this last blog short and sweet :).

The End -- Part 1

Thursday, August 22, 2013

So my last day happened. So incredibly sad. This truly has been a life changing experience for me. On the last day we went to George Washington's estate at Mount Vernon. Washington lived at Mount Vernon, Virginia with his wife and her children until he died. I went with my friends Natasha, Claire (a fellow TWC student!) and Caroline. We drove to Mount Vernon and got lost on the way, but it was a happy accident because we wound up on King St. in Alexandria where I worked all summer -- so I got to show my friends where I was everyday from 9-5.

Commencement

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

So yesterday was commencement at TWC! Congratulations everybody! Commencement was about an hour long. There were four different student speakers, and they were all wonderful. It was so encouraging to see my fellow students bravely stand up in front of 500 people and talk openly and honestly about the transformative experience they have had at The Washington Center. Each one of their speeches resonated with me in a different way.  

Family visits!

Monday, July 29, 2013

So today my family came to visit! I'm from Philadelphia, so it's only a three hour drive. They got here around 1:30 p.m. and stayed till about 6. It was a little rushed, but my father had to get home at a reasonable hour so he wouldn't be too tired for work tomorrow. I've been looking forward to their visit all week and I was so happy when I saw their car. They were starving so after a quick tour of my room we went to lunch. I took them to Johnny Rockets in Golden Triangle because it's a short walk from my apartment.  

Samaritan Inns

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A week ago I completed my second civic engagement project at Samaritan Inns. Samaritan Inns is a program that houses those recovering from addiction for a thirty-day period and attempts to get them back on their feet through providing them with support and a strict routine. We were told that we were going to be making the residents dinner, so we went to the grocery store near NoMa, which was a very short walk away, and bought the ingredients. We had a group of one boy and four girls. We decided to make chicken, scalloped potatoes, a salad and a fruit salad.

It's Been A While

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

It's been a while since my last entry, so I guess I will just talk about what's been going on recently. The first thing that comes to mind is the weather. It has been crazy hot here in D.C. I didn't realize what a difference moving two hours south would make. I don't mind heat generally, but I have a 10-minute walk to the Metro and a fifteen-minute walk to work. In June I didn't mind so much, but in July has become the worst part of my day.  

A Day in the Life

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Today is Tuesday, July 9th and it is 6:00p. I have about an hour in between the time I finish work and the time I go to tonight's civic engagement event at RAF, and what better way to spend my time than blogging! I cannot think of a specific topic I want to write about today, so I suppose I will just write about my day. Today I woke up at 6:30a. I like to have about an hour to get ready in the morning because I think it is important to look nice for work.

Civic Engagement

Sunday, July 07, 2013

This past Wednesday I completed the first portion of my on-site civic engagement duties. Civic engagement is a mini ten-hour community service project/seminar run through TWC. On the first day of orientation, each student chooses a civic engagement project. I chose "Homelessness." The other projects include Veterans, Animal Welfare, Torture Abolition, Immigration and others. I chose Homelessness because living in Washington, D.C., homelessness is a problem that is impossible to ignore. There are homeless people in every neighborhood in D.C.

Balancing Act

Friday, June 28, 2013

Living in a new city is great because things that usually would seem mundane are suddenly exciting. I love waking up in the morning because each day at my internship involves new work; I don't stay on one project for more than two or three days. I enjoy the walk to the metro station, because the tree lined sidewalks are unfamiliar and the faces all seem fresh. The same goes for the walk to my office. A mile walk in the heat sounds awful, but the streets of Alexandria, Virginia are some of the oldest in the country.

First Week

Thursday, June 06, 2013

I arrived in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 29 and today is Tuesday, June 4 so tomorrow I will have been here for a week! In that time I have already taken the wrong Metro, gone shopping and out to dinner in Georgetown, gone shopping in Friendshi



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