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Cole

Cole

Home Institution: Furman University

Internship Site: Organic Marketing Analytics

Program: International Affairs

The Take-Away...To Find Oneself

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In my concluding entry, I want to atempt to get to the heart of why living and working in Washington D.C., even just for the summer, can be so important. We are all searching for who we are—an identity to be shaped—and this city has the capabilities to mold an individual.  

Food Memorandum

Friday, August 08, 2014

This is my food entry 2.0, and I have a plenitude of information to share with you. For me, food is important: it brings people together in cultural and causal ways. The students of this summer’s TWC group know how to eat, and I have shared many great culinary experiences with a good number of them. In after hours, muggy nights we share some culinary solidarity in some of the best places in Washington, D.C.

Technology: Who Rules Who?

Monday, July 28, 2014

I want to take this blog post to reflect on the connections I'm drawing from my experiences so far in D.C. My current state of mental clarity could be attributed to having filled the entry of my last blog post with disorganized anecdotes, but it could also be the result of a mind, body, and soul freeing vacation to New York City.  Taking a break from the daily grind of D.C. is important for those who work hard.

Blissfully Overwhelmed

Thursday, July 17, 2014

This post finds me at the midway point of my time here as a young and curious D.C. intern and student. TWC has woven me into a vast amount of resources to participate, spectate, and learn about in D.C. These opportunities paired with my drive has lead to the inundation of my typical week with colorful civic engagement and international affairs events through TWC, countless professional opportunities at my internship with Organic Marketing Analytics, a vibrant social life, invigorating political involvement, and a front row view of the country’s most prominent history.  

Connections

Monday, July 07, 2014

On my way to work, I swiftly maneuver down streets to reach the formal lobby.  I enter from my building’s stoic, empire exterior with its old fashioned elevator, to the stripped down, ultra casual and modern, two floor workspace I office in. The contrast is significant. It's strikingly peculiar how removed my office seems.  It should be out of place, yet my intuition tells me that everything has its place and follows the D.C. hallmark of connectedness.  

A Few Intelligent Laughs

Monday, July 07, 2014

More on the Internship-Week 3 The internship portion of my adventure in D.C. is turning out to be a real page-turner, and each day marks a new, dynamic and enthralling page. My growing database of personal experiences makes putting in the eight-hour workdays entirely worthwhile and the work environment has been one of the biggest bright spots.  

Empathy: A Universal Caveat

Friday, June 27, 2014

As students of TWC, it is our charge to be of service to the community this summer. I believe the lesson that is desired is that involvement with the community is an essential part of an accomplished citizen’s life. This service takes the form of the civic engagement portion of our program. Of the topics that coincide with community needs, I selected veterans affairs. My participation in the veterans affairs group has left me with a topic to pursue and understand.  

Culinary Craze

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I consider myself a foodie, and so it is only fitting that I do a special post on the delicacies of D.C. Like any metropolitan city, D.C. has its great eats, but it's the hunt involved that makes these great eats particularly rewarding. D.C. is unique in that it challenges you on creating a meaningful and impactful career and also on feeding your hungry stomach. Frankly, I like the challenge, and I think it makes finding the hidden gems and getting to dive into their food all the more satisfying.

It's been a little more than a week since my D-Day landing gone wrong here in D.C., and my belief in a silver lining has paid off.  Just when the burden of my unemployed state was getting to much to bare, an opportunity saved me. The true, caring soul of mother D.C. has presented me with a golden opportunity—a new internship—that I will get into soon, along with another tidbit of D.C.’s Soft Side.

Hard Times… And, DC’s Soft Side

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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