The Washington Center



Home Institution: University of Mount Union

Internship Site: Leadership Africa - USA

Program: Advocacy, Service & Arts

15 Tips for Interns and for Life

Monday, May 12, 2014

1. Don't procrastinate. The portfolio takes a deceiving amount of time to complete. Do not leave it (or any assignment) until the last minute because...   2. Your last minutes with friends are precious. The last week at TWC will be hectic. Do not spend your final hours working on your portfolio. Spend your final days making memories. You don't know when you will see everyone again.   3. Make friends fast. Don't goof off the first 3 weeks you are in DC (or any new environment). Meet new people and surround yourself with the type of people you aspire to be.

Last days on the job...

Monday, May 12, 2014

I have to say, my last days at Leadership Africa USA were much like the first. I went through a roller coaster of emotions. First I felt lost because I knew this chapter of my life was ending; next I felt inferior because after all I've learned this semester, I knew I still have so much to learn.

Mom, I'm Going to India!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Sometimes people become instant friends, while others have to be put in the perfect situation first. I was a little slower to make friends this semester. Since I came with one of my best friends from home, Chris, I did not spend as much time getting to know others. Once Chris’ internship picked up, we had fewer weekends to spend adventuring through DC. The last few weeks in DC, I made several close friends. One of those new friends is Mariana -- she and I decided we wanted to go home with our friend Nikhil to India. We even fit in his suitcases!!!  

Sunday Routines and Rituals

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Finding the Shamrock   During my time in Washington DC, one of my favorite things has been becoming acquainted with my surroundings. The Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) at NoMa is just down the road from H Street. H Street is a place I wou

DC Culture

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Flag is red and also it's blue, I'll write you a poem, although I just met you!  

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the International Festival. I apologize since this was a number of weeks ago, I just haven't been able to sit down and write in a while. I should mention this week's blog is going to highlight my two majors: international studies and religious studies.   But first, the festival...  

The Oddities of DC

Friday, April 04, 2014

There’s something surreal about living in a place you used to vacation. I got off work early today, but instead of going home, I thought I'd get some work done somewhere in the city. I settled on the National Portrait Gallery. If you’ve never been to this particular museum, you may not know that what looks like a giant museum is actually hollow. In the center is a sunlit atrium. There are fountains and tables in this courtyard which stretches nearly the length of a city block. It's a perfect place to do some work. It was either here or happy hour... which brings me to another point.

My love/hate relationship with DC

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

They say the chances of lightning striking in the same place twice are slim to none, but after my crazy encounter this weekend, I am beginning to doubt that.   This past summer I studied abroad in Accra, the capital of Ghana. I made so many friends in this wonderful country. We studied at the University of Ghana and stayed at one of the International Hostels (dorms) on campus. Several local Ghanaians also stayed in the Hostel with us. We got to know several of the other Ghanaians living in the hostel with us and spent time hanging out in one another's rooms.  

A Week of Protests

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Last week we had a second snow day from our programming and internships. Coming from Northeast Ohio, I don't quite get all the hype over a couple of inches of snow. Washington, DC practically shuts down when so much as a flake is in the forecast! My friend and I took this time to our advantage and took a trek over to Georgetown to meet up with one of my friends who is at the University there. While walking across campus we ran into a mob of students who seemed to be protesting something... a snow day? I felt like I was in an alternate reality. Who protests a snow day?

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