Is it really over?

Is it really over?

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.

Before the Washington Center I felt like I reached stagnation in my life. I was extremely involved on my campus all four years of college. I've held leadership positions such as Board of Directors of Associated Students and president of the Residence Hall Association, but I was looking for an opportunity much different than those with which I was accustomed. When I decided to take an extra year to complete a second degree I knew that the experience I was looking would be best obtained off-campus. At this point in my life, I've never been away from home for an extended period of time, let alone on the east coast -- and a semester in D.C. was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to push myself to my limits and test drive my abilities in the real world. From this experience I have learned so much about myself and my career goals.

 

You have witnessed my journey through my blog, but I've only shared with you half of my experience. You've heard about events such as my journey to New York and my Cinderella evening at the TWC Global Leaders Gala. But I've failed to mention my adventures in Chinatown, filled with street performers and oddly enough a marathon of men running in red dresses and heels. Or my programming events at distinguished organizations like the World Bank and my trip to the Fredrick Douglass home. I'm sure I didn't mention the time I met the Mayor of D.C. or the candidate forums and debates I've attended. I've seen, learned and been a part of so much here it seems nearly impossible to capture it all in words or photos.

 

My First NBA Game

 

Islamic Republic of Pakistan Embassy

 

Big chair located in Ward 8.

 

Chinatown!


Best Chinese Food in D.C.

 

My experience in D.C. has come to an end but I want to leave some parting words for future interns. You're in for a journey of a lifetime so take advantage of EVERY opportunity presented to you. Step outside of your comfort zone and try food you never thought you'd like, go to every museum and most importantly make as many connections as possible with your peers, TWC staff and coworkers at your internship. It is crucial that you come into this experience with an open mind. Be like a handful of clay: malleable, open and receptive to change, but most importantly capable of it. This experience has the ability to change your life, but it can only do so if you allow it to happen. I'm sure you will miss your family and friends back home and feel like you're missing out. But don't miss out on this experience wishing your days here away, because it will go faster than you think and you don't want to have any regrets. I'm confident that your experience at The Washington Center will have an equally important impact on your personal and professional life as it did mine, so I hope you're ready.

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