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Home Institution: University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Internship Site: U.S. Department of Justice

Program: Law & Criminal Justice

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Saturday, December 21, 2013

“It's funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.” -Steve Maraboli    

Last Chances

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I realize that all semester I have claimed to have crazy-busy weeks, and this has been true. My semester in D.C., interning, sight-seeing, entertaining visitors, volunteering, studying, and attending programming, has me asking myself at the end of each week: "how in the world did I survive?" This past week was my last in D.C. and it just wouldn't be right if it weren't as busy-- or even more so-- than the other fourteen. Let me begin to give an overview of this last week, and some insight into how exactly you finish an experience like this one.  

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful

Monday, December 02, 2013

One thing's for sure -- I won't be doing that again. This week's bus adventure was more than I could handle. On Tuesday evening, I made my way from downtown over to Union Station. I was still three hours early even after I ate dinner. Killing the time, I sat in Starbucks and bummed off of their Wi-Fi for an hour. Then I grabbed a seat and read my kindle for another hour. When I was only one hour early, I decided to head upstairs and outside to the bus terminal. I went ahead and stood in line even though it wasn't time to board yet.

'Tis the Season to be Thankful

Monday, November 25, 2013

With Thanksgiving less than four days away, I can feel the holiday cheer almost anywhere I go. Here at TWC, all anyone has talked about today is what time their flight leaves, how long their drive is, or which train station they're getting into. It seems like everyone has mentally checkout out of their internships and classes, and are already on the journey home. However, there are quite a few interns who won't be travelling home for Thanksgiving and will spend it here, in the city, instead. Luckily for them, TWC is having a huge potluck dinner where everyone can bring their favorite dish!

Sometimes All You Need is Home

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I won't lie to you, leaving home isn't easy. When I chose to move to D.C., I chose to leave everything that I knew behind. I walked away from my entire comfort zone; I said good-bye to every familiar face and all of the places I knew. I left my friends, my family, and my university with hopes for amazing experiences and anticipation of incredible adventures.

Do What Moves You

Monday, November 04, 2013

The closer we get to the end of our time here in D.C., the faster every week ticks by. While I feel like I was just excited about October beginning, here I am in at the start of November. We have just a little over a month left, and everyone seems to be realizing that. This coming weekend I will be flying home to visit my Mom, and Thanksgiving weekend I will be taking a bus up to Connecticut to visit with my Dad. That means I only have three weekends left here in this city. Saying that feels so strange that I keep repeating it to myself.

So Much to Celebrate

Monday, October 28, 2013

There are so many perks to having visitors here in D.C. -- especially when it’s your family. This occasion usually guarantees a few things: you don’t feel homesick for about 60 hours straight, you can make no excuse not to get out and see the sights, and food—lots, and lots of good food. Lucky for me, on top of this visit was a second occasion—warranting presents, special dinners, and enough dessert for a month; this week was my 20th birthday! I am so happy that all of my family—both sides, could make it here this month to celebrate with me.

Sailing Through History

Saturday, October 19, 2013

October is always the best month of the year. The weather is perfect, the leaves burst with color, the candy is plentiful, the apple cider gets pressed and brought to the stores, the sweaters and scarves come out, and not to be forgotten—my birthday! Tack on the government shutting down, reopening, midterms, and two family visits—and this month’s calendar page is looking a little crazy!

Finding Yourself in Unexpected Ways

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Well, things haven’t changed TOO much since we last caught up. Congress still can’t come to any consensus to end this government shutdown and the affects are starting to be felt beyond those who are officially furloughed. Practically every federal intern here, with only a few exceptions, is out of an internship until the shutdown ends. I think what used to be a joking matter, or a mini-vacation most of us envied, is turning into a disheartening situation for the many interns here without sites.

It’s Monday afternoon, which marks the end of my weekend and the start of my crazy, non-stop week. I am still amazed every time I open my planner and check off everything I do throughout the week; it’s definitely been the craziest five weeks of my life. There are some mixed feelings around here as everyone at TWC talks about the possible government shut down tonight. Some of us will still intern this week, and some of us will not be allowed to report to work at all. There’s unease among some, while others make jokes about “shutdown parties”.

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