The Washington Center



Home Institution: Wake Forest University

Internship Site: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Program: Politics & Public Policy

Civic Engagement

Monday, May 05, 2014

One of the most rewarding parts of The Washington Center experience is the civic engagement project. This is an opportunity to work on a pressing issue of your choice - veterans, LGBTQ rights, animal welfare, and homelessness - and spend some free time throughout the semester attending educational meetings and direct service events in which you volunteer with organizations currently addressing the given issue.


Thursday, May 01, 2014

It's practically a law in DC that on any given Friday, in any given Hill office, someone is talking about going to a Nationals game over the weekend. Considering how ubiquitous the springtime pilgrimage to Nationals' Stadium has become, I was finally sated in my quest to take in a Nats game. Last Sunday I saw them play the Padres (at home, of course) with a bunch of friends from the RAF. It was still a bit chilly - characteristic of this sweltering season (sarcasm) - but it successfully hit all of the other requisites of a decent ballgame.

White House Gardens

Monday, April 28, 2014

Grabbing a few tickets to the White House's garden tour is a solid idea for students at TWC in the spring. When you're in DC, you get quickly accustomed to being around people, events, and institutions of power, but being a few feet away from the windows of the Oval Office is jarring even for the most jaded among us.


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

On Monday, TWC had the opportunity to receive Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, the authors of "HRC," a new book that details the post-2008 "rebirth" of Hillary Clinton.

Public Policy and Advocacy Panel

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

On Monday, students in the Public Policy program (such as myself) made the trek over to the Capitol for this semester's Public Policy and Advocacy Panel. Held in a fairly swanky conference room directly beneath the Capitol's rotunda, I found it to be a really interesting and informative session on the ins and outs of professional DC, specifically the world of lobbying, advocacy, and government relations.

Friends, Fries, and Fundraisers

Saturday, March 22, 2014

One of the "rites of passage" during a TWC semester is having friends from either school or back home come and visit -- primarily so you can catch up, but also, of course, so you can promptly show off your newfound DC know-how. Last weekend my good friend Connor from Wake Forest came up to DC to see his sister play lacrosse at Georgetown, so we got to hang out a bit on Saturday. I met him at the Mall (at night this time, which is a whole different experience) and showed him around the monuments, as it was his first time in town.

DC Culture

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Coming from New York, I am not easily impressed with the cultural life of other cities. After all, when you live a short train ride away from the cultural, artistic, and economic capital of the world, it's not hard to become jaded. But I have to say that, in the time I've spent living in DC, I've been pleasantly surprised with the rich and exciting cultural offerings it has presented.  

Career Boot Camp

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Throughout your time in DC, the one thing you'll hear more than the word "networking" is the phrase "I know everybody talks about networking, but..." - followed, of course, by an appeal to the power of networking. It can get grating, especially if you're like me and the idea of openly bragging about a couple of measly internships seems preposterous. But one of the best things that TWC has to offer is an abundance of advice on how to turn that preposterous idea into a workable reality - something that, as I've found throughout the past few weeks, is really helpful.  

Let's Go To The Mall (Today)

Monday, February 10, 2014

I have a friend from Toronto who, when in DC a few years ago, assumed that a trip to the National Mall meant the obligatory smell of Abercrombie and Fitch cologne and pretzel dogs. Shopping malls and commercially-minded Canadians (i.e. one Robin Scherbatsky) notwithstanding, the National Mall, in actuality, has way more to offer than Old Navy. Last weekend I took the hike up from the RAF to the Capitol and across the Mall, and even though I've been there quite a few times, it never fails to be one of the coolest sights in the country.  

My TWC "Inauguration"

Thursday, January 30, 2014

People say that college is “the best four years of your life,” and most of the time, it’s not hard to see why. At Wake Forest University, where I’m currently a junior studying political science, I’ve made great friends, taken some enriching and stimulating courses, and lived campus life to the fullest. I’ve heard the warnings of my elders, insinuating that “real life” isn’t nearly as plush, and I can certainly understand their perspective; after all, the world of bosses, bills, and cholesterol pills is not entirely attractive.

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