First Impressions

First Impressions

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!


I arrived in Washington D.C. last Wednesday, and since then it has been a whirlwind! I got settled into my apartment, started my internship and tried to catch up on all the things that I missed (because I arrived late and missed orientation.)  There's so much to take in all at once, but I think it will be a great summer!

Before arriving in D.C., I made a "bucket list" of things that I want to see or do here this summer. On the top of my list was taking a day trip to Georgetown, so Saturday afternoon my roommate, Kexin and I headed over there to explore. This part of DC is definitely worth visiting if you ever get the chance. Not only are there tons of shops and restaurants, but it is so cute. We went window shopping and waited in line to buy Georgetown Cupcakes. I wasn't sure what to expect with these cupcakes because there is so much hype surrounding them, but the salted caramel cupcake and the key lime cupcake were definitely worth waiting in line for half an hour for.



This weekend I also went to the farmer's market in DuPont Circle. There was a whole block of booths selling fruit, veggies, bread, homemade popsicles, hummus and all sorts of other delicious things. Everything smelled so good, but I was so surprised at how expensive everything there was. My roommate wanted to buy one piece of "happy" chicken (the saleslady's words, not mine) and I kid you not this poor, little happy chicken was $20!! We almost had a heart attack.




The last major thing that I did this weekend was go on a jog around Capitol Hill and the Mall. I can not believe that I am actually here for the summer, so running around downtown D.C. was so surreal. I got to see so many cool things, but just a heads up to other people like me who base their directions off of TV and movies, the White House and the Capitol Building are not as close together as they make them out to be on TV.

Capitol Building


The White House


Stay tuned for more of my summertime adventures in D.C.!

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