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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

The D.C. You Probably Don't Know About

Thursday, October 17, 2013

There are two parts of D.C. -- the destinations highlighted on every tour map and then what many who were born and raised in D.C. like to refer to as "the real D.C.," east of the Anacostia River. For those only passing through, they may not know that this part of D.C. exists. But for those who have moved to D.C. for work or school, it's the part of the city where they dare not go. But I find myself somewhere in-between.

I would be lying if I said I did not think that one day I thought I would attend an extravagant event, such as the Washington Center 2013 Global Leaders Gala. Well, at least one day I hoped I would. Tonight, as cliché as it might sound, I had a glimpse into the woman I strive to become and the life I hope to live. I cannot begin to explain the radiance that filled the room tonight.  

That Monday seemed like any other day. My roommates and I prepared for our days much like we always do, with music playing, breakfast cooking and laughter going on. However, this particular morning was much different than any I ever experienced in D.C. I sat in my morning session at the World Bank listening diligently to the speaker. But there was a gloom hanging over the room as the cell phones of individuals to the left and right of me lit up with text messages and phone calls.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My eyes glimmered like Cinderella at the ball as her gown grazed across the moonlit floor. She knew that this was the event of her life, and I knew this was the moment that defined mine. My heart started to swell with joy as I realize that I am in the city I've dreamed of, the city that encompasses the movers and shakers of the world. I prepared for my first interactions with D.C. similarly to an anxious girl on her first date with the star quarterback of her high school football team. I meticulously researched council members, D.C.



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