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Diana

Diana

Home Institution: University of Washington - Seattle

Internship Site: Whitmer & Worrall

Program: Politics & Public Policy

Finally Home

Friday, December 13, 2013

I have arrived Seattle. I am home and happy; back in Washington State. I got off the plane, unpacked, and went to a UW football game. It was a great way to jump back into it. I missed all the people and places so much. My best friend picked me up from the airport. Driving past downtown made me realize the city was no longer just a nostalgic longing, but home again. My first week was full of happy run-ins and memories come back to life.

My Last Week

Friday, December 13, 2013

My last week in D.C. was a whirlwind. I had so many emotions going through me and so much to prepare for. In my mind, I had always thought of leaving in November. It did not occur to me that this was actually the first week of November. When Halloween hit, I thought I still had so much time. In reality, my days were numbered and home was just around the corner. The time had run its course faster than I could have ever expected.

The best part of my experience in D.C. has easily been my job. I work at a government relations and consulting firm. There are two partners, two principals, my supervisor, and an intern or two. The firm has diverse interests and is full of passionate people doing what they enjoy. My admiration for the firm stems from two areas -- the work we do and the lives my co-workers live. My job has allowed me to get to know clients, government officials, and my co-workers themselves. I can confidently say I have enjoyed every aspect of it.

Global Citizens Day

Thursday, November 21, 2013

There are some things I have learned to be great from this program -- the people who don’t know gangnam style, an elevator full of kids ready for another exploratory night out, the ones who will teach you their traditional chants and preferred drinks -- but most of all the people you will probably remember forever because of the impact they made on your life. You may not realize it now. This is just another program, another resume builder, another step to becoming great... but really these people you have met at TWC have made a lasting impression.  

Art

Friday, October 18, 2013

When I go places, some of my must-see sites are always museums. I love museums of all kinds. It is so interesting to see what others consider Important. Important enough at least to put it a place where thousands to millions of people might see it. My favorite kinds of museums are art museums. I could spend a lifetime in an art museum and not get bored. There are so many details to discover and absorb from a piece of artwork. Unfortunately for me, a lot of the museums have been closed recently because of the shutdown.

21 on the East Coast

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

So this weekend I turned twenty-one. I know, crazy. There is this long term build up about turning twenty-one and finally here I am; a real adult. It’s weird that one day I was too young to drink and the next, it was completely appropriate. Having all the perks really doesn’t seem too different. The most exciting part of being twenty-one is that I spent my birthday in New York City. Twenty-one and New York City is actually one of the best combinations I could possibly think conceive.  

A Weekend of Adventures

Monday, September 30, 2013

This weekend has to be one the better weekends I have had in D.C.

Finding Out the Meaning of Homesick

Monday, September 23, 2013

The worst part about being homesick is that you really don’t see it coming. Or, at least, I didn’t. When I went to college, I never got homesick and whenever I have done anything, I have never really longed for home. To be honest, I haven’t really left Washington State from more than three weeks since I was in fourth grade. Still, it came as a great surprise when I realized that I had been nonstop thinking, talking, and writing about things that happen in ‘my’ Washington.   The Beginning

Oh, The Things I Have Seen!

Monday, September 23, 2013

The craziest thing about being in Washington, D.C. is that there are literally twenty million pieces of history. Those places you see in movies, read about in books, and have big blown up pictures of, all come to life. It is so surreal to see how big the Lincoln Memorial is in real life and to see the Capitol building over the tree line.   The Guided Tour

To Start It All Off

Thursday, September 12, 2013

So I guess I am in D.C. now. My first week has been a whirlwind. I went to landmarks, my internship, restaurants, orientation, class, clubs, train stops, and other awe-inspiring places on a never-ending list. Everything is fresh and new here; even the grocery stores that carry very few of the brands I am used to from the west coast. I have met fantastic people. You know how most of your friends you can’t do absolutely everything with because some of your activities just aren’t for them?



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