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Samantha

Samantha

Home Institution: Truman State University

Internship Site: Rockville Women's Business Center

Program: International Affairs

Goodbye, D.C.!

Friday, August 15, 2014

I am writing this blog post as I am sitting on a Southwest Airlines flight from Washington, D.C. to Saint Louis, eating salted peanuts and reflecting on my summer in D.C. I can't believe that this summer is over and that a week from now I will be sitting in class on my first day of Senior Year at Truman State University.  Last night, as I was packing up my things, Kexin and I talked about all of the cool things that we got to do this summer. Here are some of the highlights:

Last Weekend in D.C.

Monday, August 11, 2014

This weekend was my last weekend in D.C. – I leave for home on Thursday, so I tried to make the most of it by seeing and doing things that I hadn’t had the chance to do yet this summer. On this list: eat Ethiopian food, meet up with an old friend and go to Eastern Market.   Ethiopian Food Adventures

I have been looking forward to this weekend since the beginning of July - my mom, sister and grandma came to visit me for the weekend in D.C.! On Friday evening we celebrated my birthday and acted goofy! We ate dinner at The Hamilton, a restaurant near the White House filled with young D.C. professionals on dates and at a networking event. Emily and I ate falafel sandwiches that were bigger than the plate. It was nice to spend time with my family, and I'm glad they were able to come visit.

A D.C. Birthday

Monday, July 28, 2014

Saturday was my birthday! On Friday, my roommates and I decided to go to Jazz in the Park, which is live music on the mall, but we left the apartment a little late, so we missed it. But that did not stop us from enjoying our evening - we spontaneously decided to take the bus to Georgetown and see if we could find any live music there and to celebrate my birthday. We walked around by the Potomac and then in the main area of Georgetown, but since I wasn't 21 yet, (a technicality) we weren't able to find somewhere that would let us in.

Movies, Parks and Museums - oh my!

Monday, July 21, 2014

I want to let you in on a not very well kept secret. Even though D.C. is an expensive city, there are so many FREE things at your fingertips. You would have to be crazy not to take advantage of them while you are here! I enjoy being busy, so every weekend I've been visiting new places and doing new (and fun!) things! Museums

The Intern Life

Monday, July 14, 2014

This week marks the fifth week that I have been in D.C. – time is flying! The majority of my week is spent interning at the Maryland Women’s Business Center, an awesome non-profit that helps women entrepreneurs in the DC area start and grow their businesses by providing counseling, workshops and other resources to these entrepreneurs. So far it has been a really great experience, and I’ve been learning a lot about non-profits in general, how Women’s Business Centers work, marketing skills and more.

I am going to dedicate this blog post to something that I really love, and that is food. But something I don’t always love when it comes to food, is cooking. In D.C., I am responsible for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (not to mention snacks) and making sure that my cabinets and fridge are stocked. For the past three years at Truman, I have lived in a dorm with a kitchen that is a hassle to cook more than a box of pasta in, so I’ve always sucked it up and ate in the dining halls.

Is there a cooler place in the world to celebrate Fourth of July than Washington, D.C.? After being here yesterday, I don’t think so.  I’ve always spent Fourth of July at my friend Emily’s house, and always at some point while we were all eating barbeque or waiting for our town’s fireworks to start we would turn on the TV to watch D.C.’s fireworks. So I was excited to see what Independence Day in D.C. is really like, and now I can tell you that it is definitely worth a visit if you ever get the chance!  

This week was a really busy but fun week in D.C. In addition to going through training at my internship, I spent more time exploring D.C., taking in D.C. political culture and volunteering!   Adventure on the Potomac

First Impressions

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Collins and I am going to be a senior business major at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.  This summer I'm interning at the Maryland Women's Business Center in Rockville, Maryland thanks to the help of the Washington Center! The Maryland Women's Business Center is a nonprofit that helps women start and grow their own businesses. It's a really awesome organization and I'm really excited to be spending the next 10 weeks interning there, as well as getting to know D.C. and sharing my experiences with you on this blog!  



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