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Jasmine

Jasmine

Home Institution: San Diego State University

Internship Site: Jack Evans for D.C.

Program: Ford Motor Company Global Scholars

My Decision: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Thursday, January 02, 2014

They say you'll never forget your first love and I'm certain I'll never forget D.C. For those of you who have been following my blog, you know that I've been faced with deciding if I should remain in D.C. for the spring semester or return home to graduate from college. After a lot of uncertainty and contemplating I have decided to return to San Diego to complete my degrees. It wasn't an easy decision, and one that took me a long time to come to, but I've realized that there will be many more opportunities like this for me.

Is it really over?

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I can't believe it's been two weeks since I left DC! I remember stepping off the plane filled with excitement and drive to push myself to my limits and see what I'm capable of achieving. Now here I am; I've reached nearly every goal I set for myself to achieve while in D.C., but yet I feel like I still have unfinished business. It's bittersweet visiting family in Texas, who I haven't seen in nearly a year. Everyone wants to hear about my experience in the nation's capital, but the only words that seem to come to mind is amazing and eye-opening.

Thank You

Friday, December 13, 2013

I am honored to be considered a Ford Motor Company Global Scholar. Before this program I had little knowledge about international issues. I came to Washington, D.C. expecting to learn more about my nation and my role as an emerging leader in my country. However, I gained a new understanding about the world through the lecture series I've attended, my programming events at the World Bank, various nonprofits and the United Nations.

Not goodbye; rather 'see you later'

Friday, December 13, 2013

My ears went deaf as I walked up to the podium. I stood there for a moment, which felt like an eternity. I wanted to take in this amazing experience and exude every ounce of it in my words. I looked into the sea made up of 380 of my peers, along with faculty and honorable guests. I knew that everything I've done in the last four months had prepared me for the moment--prepared me to be the student speaker at the fall 2013 Commencement ceremony. My legs began to quiver but my adrenaline kicked in as I opened with:  

My first snow day!

Friday, December 13, 2013

If you know me then you know that I've never seen snow. It's not like I've never been anywhere where there should be snow, it just never snows when I get there. I guess you can call it unlucky -- or lucky depending on how you feel about snow. D.C. has held a lot of firsts for me. My first time on the east coast, my first Thanksgiving away from home and now my first snow experience. My roommates have been anticipating this moment ever since they found out I've never seen snow.

My family away from home

Friday, December 13, 2013

Good friends are hard to come by, but I struck gold with three amazing roommates who I'm blessed to call friends. I don't think my experience in D.C. would have been half as amazing without these amazing young women. Our days have been filled with ups and downs and through it all I'm glad to come home each day and know you three will be there, to hear my crazy stories and share a few as well. As the end of the semester creeps around the corner I begin to reflect on how amazing our time here has been. Kalee, Samantha (Sam) and Daniella (Dani) have been such a big part of my D.C.

Finding My Balance

Monday, November 18, 2013

Working on the campaign trail is everything I wanted from my internship experience... and a little bit more. My sole purpose in coming to D.C. was to get work experience and I definitely received that. There are pros and cons to the fast-paced campaign trail that gets my heart pumping and my insides dancing with excitement and then there are the days that beat me to the ground and leave me exhausted and lifeless. The average intern in The Washington Center only works Monday through Friday.

Hello New York

Monday, November 18, 2013

Right now I am fulfilling one of my dreams. I know this may sound silly, but as I sit uncomfortably on the packed megabus to New York, I can't help but feel overwhelming excitement. New York is the city that I have idolized since I was a young girl. The fashion, the glamour and nonstop pace of the city life is where I always thought I belonged. My three hour bus ride seems like an eternity as I shuffle around in my stiff seat. My body is tired but my mind is unwelcoming to the sleep that creeps up when my mind settles down enough to let it.

Opened Doors

Monday, November 18, 2013

My heart must have been pounding a million-miles-a-minute. I began to pace up and down my living room because today was the day. The day my seventeen classmates and I have been waiting and preparing all semester for. Today was Model United Nations -- a simulation of the United Nations efforts to reach diplomatic solutions to international issues. Thousands of students from all over the world poured into the nation's capital for this weekend long conference.

In Between Dreams

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lately, the weather in D.C. has been freezing. The icy touch of the frosty fall D.C. wind reminds me of all the reasons why I love my sunny city, San Diego. I mean really, what's not to love? From the most beautiful beaches and the most authentic, delicious, mouth-watering Mexican food you will ever eat... to the, yes, THE most amazing weather you could possibly experience. And that weather is not just temporary, but practically year-round. I'm serious -- year round! You can literally get a tan in the middle of winter, it's so good.



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