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Rachael

Rachael

Home Institution: University of South Florida

Internship Site: U.S. Department of Justice

Program: Law & Criminal Justice

Commencement

Friday, May 09, 2014

Happy Spring 2014 Commencement! I have decided to start with the good news: Surprise! I am staying in DC for the summer! It is an honor to have been chosen to participate in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio's Summer 2014 Internship Program! I have officially moved into my new apartment on Capitol Hill and I am looking forward to an exciting summer.  

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Friday, May 02, 2014

"Living in the moment, without attaching yourself to regrets about yesterday or worries about tomorrow, goes a long way toward cutting through the chaos of everyday life." -Eve Adamson  

Curls, Cabs & Cherry Blossoms

Monday, April 14, 2014

It is officially spring here in Washington, DC and I could not be any happier! April has always been my favorite month of the year. However, this April is particularly significant because I am spending in it here in DC. There are two very important countdowns that April has to offer. First of all, in 10 days I will be 21 years old. Secondly, in 13 days I will be joined in DC by my three closest friends: Jeronimo, Rhiannon, and Wesley. To top that off, my parents and sister (Rebecca) will be joining me as well.

Touring like a Tourist

Monday, March 24, 2014

Throughout the past week I have been a bit of a tourist. I have actually started to feel as though I am a true resident of DC, but sometimes I walk so fast that I do not recognize the magnificence of what I am briskly passing by. As an intern/student I am constantly on the go, as my schedule keeps me consistently booked. Luckily, the offices of Congressman Yoho and Senator Rubio of Florida were able to accommodate my desire to tour just like a typical tourist. This past week I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes of The Capitol and The White House.

I Aspire to be a Global Citizen

Monday, March 24, 2014

It is great to be a TWC student. This past Friday, we had an incredible opportunity: to participate in Global Citizenship Day right here at the RAF! Instead of going to my internship I got to sleep in and walk downstairs to the bustling basement level (P1), which was filled with all of my peers. Mr. Mike Smith, President of TWC kicked off this event by looking at the United States and our relations with the rest of the world as being quite interdependent. Our guest lecturer was Ms.

What is Spring Break Anyways?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars provides students with transformational experiences that foster academic and professional achievement, leadership and civic engagement.  

To Do Lists!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Every single day I write a "to do" list. I am convinced that I have developed this habit in part because of my innate desire to plan, but also because of my familial upbringing. Prior to moving to DC, I spent a few weeks helping out at my father's office. One day I found what appeared to be my father's very own "to do" list. As it sat motionless on his desk I felt as though my entire world had just come together like perfectly fitting pieces of a puzzle.

In Japanese, TOMODACHI means friendship. Participating in the TOMODACHI Generation Initiative has allowed me the opportunity to redefine friendship and teamwork.   Friendship is...  

A Snowy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 17, 2014

The academic update for this week is progressing, as my courses, internship and civic engagement project continue to intertwine, my mind is perceiving in ways that I did not know existed. I keep falling more in love with The Washington Center's program and its message. Furthermore, my current projects at the DOJ, based in the white-collar fraud division, are progressing as I continue to spend less time learning and more time understanding. However, the snow allowed my brain to take a few days off and indulge in a very different kind of weekend.

Fun, Fries & Foreign Policy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Recently I have been recognizing that after a long week of programming, academics and interning, all my body wants to do is sleep. Here's the problem: my mind is not tired whatsoever. So I could stay in bed and enjoy my time by relaxing... or I could overcome the 45-minute post-internship slump and just keep going. What do you think I did? Since this whole blog thing is still pretty new, I'll give you a hint -- the mind is far more powerful than the body.



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