To Start It All Off

To Start It All Off

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? This is like combining the friends you have political conversations with, go out with, study with, cook with, and lounge with into singular individuals. They want to do it all. They are all very intelligent, cultured, friendly, and all-out-enthusiastic. The Washington Center has really outpaced my expectations.

 

My flight across the USA


My Apartment First off, it’s huge. This is definitely not the normal college living. I have my space -- more than I probably need, and I feel comfortable in it. The internet is fast, which is always a worry for me, and we have a ton of channels on the TV. But honestly, I am not spending much of time using either of those devices because I am so busy doing other things. I spend most of my time in my friends’ apartment two floors down. It is the unofficial gathering spot. The door is always open and coming down to just hang out is highly encouraged.

 

The Program At first the way the class portion of this program was a little confusing. You don’t find out about times until a little late in the game. Also you have about four parts to it. First there is the program. I am in the Politics and Policy program. We meet once a week to go to seminars and speeches. This brings me to part two: your portfolio, which is technically part of your program. The portfolio is compilation of stuff that is supposed to basically prove that you are gaining professional qualities from this experience. It is exactly what you are thinking, a lot of…”reflection.” The third part is your class. I am in CSPAN’s Washington Classroom, which means I get filmed. I didn’t really expect that. The finally part is your civic engagement project. This is basically community service type activities. The idea is that well-rounded people do it all. It is a little overwhelming because you don’t really know what you are supposed to be doing at first. Also, it is a lot of time. Most the time is shoved into Mondays too. There are obvious pros and cons to this but from first glance it looks like a very long day. This is especially true if your internship wants you to come in that day. We will see how this all goes in the future.

 

Hanging out with some new friends!


Work I adore my job. I am interning at a lobbyist office called Whitmer and Worrall. I was really confident that I would like it when I chose it, but honestly, it is even better. I get to do a little bit of everything. They are really eager for me to learn about the firm and how everything works. I feel like I am actually doing valuable work and learning a lot. Some of my friends, on the other hand, don’t seem to be doing as much. I like going to work. I like the people I work with. I like that my time feels well used. I can already tell I am going to learn some valuable lessons.

 

Overall I am having a great time. I know that this a lot of explanation to take in, but right now that is mostly what I am doing; taking it all in. I still have to process my settings. I still don’t know exactly what’s in the ‘four quadrants of D.C.’ or my ‘for emergencies walking route home from work.’ I am only just starting to figure it all out, and I absolutely loving every moment of it. I can’t wait to see how it all goes and tell you all more.

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