Packing up...

Packing up...

Goodbyes are always bittersweet. On the one hand I am glad to go home and back to my family and friends, but on the other hand I am really going to miss DC and the friends I made here. I am a rather nostalgic person and feel kind of sad when I do things for the last time. The other day I was looking out my window and realized it was probably one of the last times I would look out at the building across the street, and it made me feel sad. You should know that this is not a particulary pretty building. And that is how I am with most things: the last time I walked past the Corner Bakery near my internship, the last time I had Chipotle, the last time I went to Dunkin Donuts, the list goes on and on. In the light of my ridiculous nostalgia, I decided to dedicate this blog to last things I did with TWC.

 

My last postgraduate program meeting:

Last Monday, we had our last meeting with our awesome program advisor, Jackie Banks.  It was the last time we were all together in the same room because some of us would not make it to the commencement ceremony.  At the time, I didn't really realize it was the last time we would all be together.  I was too busy stressing out about the presentation I had to give on the Millenium Development goals to notice.  It was probably for the best; I wouldn't have given a very good presentation otherwise.

 

Last class:

On Tuesday I had the last class of my academic course.  This was the last time I had to hurry after work to make my way to the RAF.  I have to admit that this was more a relief than anything else.  I enjoyed the course, but after interning the entire day, going to class wasn't exactly the first thing I want to do.  Especially if you stayed up late the night before to watch Game of Thrones...  Aline, a girl in my class, brought a notebook for all of us to write something in, so she could remember us later.  All in all it was a pretty good class.  Everybody was very relaxed, and the last presentations were very interesting.  I am definitely going to miss some of my classmates, especially my fellow Belgian, Sarah (she laso happens to have the same name).  She was a lot of fun and always shared her Oreos with me during class.  If there is one thing you need to know about me, it's that I love Oreos.  You could say she found the way to my heart.

 

Last time volunteering:

This Saturday I volunteered for the last time with my civic engagement project, and I think this might have been the most fun event I have attended with TWC.  Along with some other girls in my civic engagement project, I volunteered during the Youth Pride Day.  This was a mini festival for the young LGBT community in DC.  The event took place in DuPont Circle and we got to help out DC Center under a brilliant sun, while listening to great music.  If any of you consider doing the LGBTQA civic engagement project next spring, I can definitely recommend this event as an amazing volunteer opportunity. Afterwards we went out for brunch in the neighborhood and watched the Kentucky Derby at a local bar.

 

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