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Rachel

Rachel

Home Institution: University of Florida

Internship Site: Trust for the National Mall

Program: Advocacy, Service and Arts

I've never been a fan of goodbyes.  Pretty soon, I'll have to bid good-bye to my roommates, my best friends, my coworkers, my mentors, the brilliant indivduals who shared a hall with me for 10 weeks and lent me a can opener once.  They say people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  I prefer not to divide my life into chapters, but, as this summer closes, often think about what I would say to everyone who contributed meaning to this season of my life.

It's the Little Things in Life

Monday, August 04, 2014

To say that I go home in 5 days would be to deny the fact that DC is indeed my second home.  It's crazy how a place so fresh and foreign can become so familiar and such a part of you in no time. You think: monuments, memorials, museums, stars, stripes, and presidents. I think: the street vendor on the corner of 13th and Pennsylvania, packing in metro cars like sardines, movie nights with floormates, casual strolls past heated political rallies.

I Got Engaged!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Civically engaged, that is.  Hope I didn't scare you too badly.  

Like a Local

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Midterms are mean. Not because they’re, well, midterms, but because MIDterm tricks me into thinking it’s MIDway through the summer. With only 3 more weeks to go, I can’t believe how much you can absorb from not even 2 months in the city. As I’ve mentioned, most people here are transplants, but I can pretty much tell you where any H&M, metro stop, tourist trap, and Au Bon Pain is, so does that mean I can call myself a local?   Either way, I’m going with it. I played “local” this weekend and showed off my beloved city to a very special guest.

A Tale of Two Cities

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

What got me out of bed and over to Union station at 6:00am this Saturday?  I had a train to catch and a friend to see. Destination unknown = Philadelphia!   But first, rewind to Friday:   Festivities on the 4th

Filling in the Blanks

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

When people ask me what I'm doing in D.C. this summer, the response is never just "an internship".  I could have just an internship, do my 9-5 gig, then come back, lounge around and watch Netflix.

Around the World in 80 Seconds

Monday, June 30, 2014

Or a little more, depending on how fast you decide to read this post.  As American as it is, D.C. is also a cultural crossroads.  Many equate a summer here to a semester abroad and rightfully so.  Here are little snippets of things I've experienced within this 20 mile radius of my stay that have made me feel an ocean away.   Fast, Casual, and Foreign A way to the heart of a place is through the stomach.  I've learned that D.C.'s ethnic dining scene is limitless, even for those on an intern budget!

Stop and Smell the Roses

Sunday, June 15, 2014

So much I've done, so much more to do!  I thought life in Florida was fast-paced...boy was I wrong.  Here, it's go-go-go.  Traffic stops for no one.  People stop for no one.  Time stops for no one.  Now that my internship is in full swing (Hang in there for a future post on that.  I love it.), I find myself caught in the hustle and bustle of juggling work, class, programming, and keeping sane.

It's Me, From D.C.

Friday, June 06, 2014

After months of prep work, research, shopping, packing, organizing, stressing...I was at the corner of Constitution Ave, the Capitol Building ahead of me, the metro station behind me, and 300 years of history all around me.  I had turned my dreams into plans and can'ts into cans.  



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