A Balancing Act

A Balancing Act

They really aren't kidding when they tell you at the beginning how fast the semester is going to fly by, especially with all of the different aspects of the program and D.C. events jammed in. Of course me being me and enjoying being busy, I didn't think anything of it at first. Well, I'm realizing now that they were absolutely right.

 

Not that I'm complaining, quite the opposite actually. Busy as it has been everyday here, I've enjoyed every minute of it. I'm actually a little nervous I may get bored when I go back to school in Erie for the spring semester. This experience has definitely been a balancing act, though. Being in D.C. you can get a bit caught up with all of the social life and historic sites and such. I sometimes have to remind myself of what I'm here for in the first place. While this city is amazing and always offering new things to do and explore, I came here to get the whole experience which includes programming, networking, and learning.

 

This past week was a good opportunity to rebalance a little.  After working I was able to take some down time and get a handle on some homework for my class and get work done on my project for my International Affairs programming (I'm writing a foreign policy recommendation that I'll have to present to the students in my program at the end of the semester). I also attended a big networking event at TWC headquarters on Thursday called ConnectTWC. It was a great opportunity to talk to some D.C. professionals about their career path and how they ended up where they did. The only downside was that it was a little crowded so it was hard to get an individual conversation with any of the professionals.

 

After putting my time in working all week, the weekend was mine for the taking.  Friday night I went to a haunted trail in Maryland with the other interns in my office. It was way more involved than I was expecting, but it was awesome! It was carnival themed, so they had a bunch of games set up, with food stands and even a DJ. There were also four huge bonfires which was absolutely wonderful, seeing as it was a whopping 34 degrees. The trails were quite impressive, as well. They definitely went all out and the people working it were super into it, which made it more fun for everyone.  I continued the Halloween fun Saturday night and took a trip out to George Mason University to see my friend and go to a Halloween party. There never seems to be a shortage of things to do for Halloween!

 

Entrance to the trails at Markoff's Haunted Forest.

 

Berit, myself and Dale trying to keep warm by the massive bonfires.

 

To go along with the carnival theme, there were performers all over the place while we were waiting to enter the trail.  This guy was really impressive!

 

Me and Shelby before the Halloween party; I was a cowgirl and she was a Homecoming Queen.

 

On Sunday, Kierra, Anya and I had booked tickets for a segway tour of the city. I know, how nerdy right?  I'm the person that's always making fun of people on segways because they just look so funny. However, I must admit that I had a blast! The company we booked the tour with was called Segs in the City (best name ever!) and after a quick practice run, we were off to go sightseeing. We went all around the National Mall and Tidal Basin and learned a lot of historical facts. We were getting some pretty funny looks from people, but we didn't even care because we were having such a great time. I have now decided that I don't care how crazy they look, segways are awesome. I would definitely recommend trying them out if you ever get the chance. It just goes to show that D.C. is full of all kinds of new experiences, even ones you never thought you'd have.

 

Anya, Kierra and I on our awesome segways!

 

Just a little souvenir from our tour.

 

Now, with the weekend wrapping up, it's time to prepare for the upcoming week and my trip to Tennessee! We leave Wednesday and I'm super excited. I'll probably be doing homework during any downtime I can find, but it will be worth it. I never even imagined having such an opportunity through my internship when I applied for TWC. This whole semester has been full of great surprises.

 

So, it's time that I say goodbye for now. Next time you hear from me I'll be a cultured southerner (well, kind of)!

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