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Home Institution: ITESM - Guadalajara (Mexico)

Internship Site: National Defense University - Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies

Program: International Affairs

Becoming a TWC Alum

Monday, May 12, 2014

Concluding my internship did not mean the end of my TWC experience, as the last couple of days had great adventures in store. During my last weekend, I ventured out to Old Town Alexandria, where I finally completed my 'DC bucket list.' It was a great place to walk around, do some window-shopping, and get great snacks and souvenirs. While a nice trip outdoors was an excellent idea to enjoy the warm spring weather, the continued revisions of my final portfolio kept calling me back indoors.

My week of official farewells at my internship site began with constant deadlines and revisions, not to mention the due date of my final portfolio for TWC. NDU treated us to the international fellows appreciation luncheon during our last week of the internship. There, I sampled food and interacted with people from all across the globe. It was, as events at NDU always proved to be, an amazing learning experience.    

This will effectively be my last full week at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. Despite trying to keep them updated on my whereabouts, I find myself constantly answering the simple question my family and loved ones periodically ask me -- “what exactly are you doing in Washington?” Apart from my TWC obligations: class, international affairs programming, my civic engagement project and the never ending list of events that take place at the RAF, my internship site is where most of the action takes place.

Female Empowerment

Thursday, April 24, 2014

As the weeks tick away and with the end of the semester looming on the horizon, it’s absolutely crucial for me to make the most out of my time in Washington, D.C. This may seem like an easy task, but with assignments due left and right, it ends up proving to be a challenge. I want to take a shift from writing about my travels and focus on a project I have been working on in my academic course, which is one of the components of The Washington Center program. In my case, I’m taking 21st Century U.S. Foreign Policy: Dynamics of Change.

I constantly find myself star struck while living in Washington, D.C., given my encounters with individuals and leaders from all areas, which includes prominent members of the military and politicians. This time, however, the encounter was quite different. While catching a glimpse of a celebrity at any event is an exciting prospect, these individuals are world leaders and I would be crazy to miss an event that would feature the UN Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank.

I love adventuring outside DC, which should come as no surprise after my blog post last week. But let me first give you a recap of my workweek. I find NDU to be very rewarding with all that I have learned so far. The interns at CHDS this week were lucky to have a small session on Cyberspace from one of the professors at the center, giving us first-hand knowledge and the opportunity to ask as many curious questions as we wanted. The day continued with a trip to the International Spy Museum and it finished off with a fantastic dinner in Chinatown.

New York Travels

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

One of the perks of living in Washington, D.C. is undoubtedly its geographical location. Don’t get me wrong, D.C. has many things to offer but there are times when getting out of the nation’s capital is a refreshing change of scenery. Some people find comfort and de-stress by exploring the serenity of nature’s wonders and landscapes; on the other hand, I find it by adventuring in big and busy cities. This weekend I visited one of the cities I personally consider one of the best cities in the world: New York City.

Controlled Chaos

Monday, March 24, 2014

Every week at TWC is challenging and adventurous. But have you ever had some weeks where it seemed like absolutely everything happened at the same time? That is how I characterize my week; here is a taste of just how busy it was. The workweek began on Tuesday with my first scheduled informational interview. One of the assignments we receive as TWC students is to conduct informational interviews that will help us with networking skills and give us an opportunity to get insider information on the career paths we hope to pursue.

After a long-awaited couple of weeks, the day finally came around where I was scheduled to shadow the President of the National Defense University, Major General Gregg Martin. I received an estimated schedule of his activities just a day prior and his day looked absolutely packed. I woke up excited, but to be perfectly honest, I did not know what to expect.

Spring in Sight

Monday, March 10, 2014

This week started yet again with the menace of an unrelenting winter. A huge snowstorm threatened to hit by Sunday afternoon and all the forecasts were right: rain eventually turned to snow and the snow kept falling for hours on end.

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