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Home Institution: Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Internship Site: Marzulla Law

Program: Law and Criminal Justice

Going Out with a Bang!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Coming to D.C., I had two personal to-dos I wanted to accomplish – going to the beach somewhere on the Atlantic Coast and visiting New York City. Luckily for me, I got to cross them both off my list in one weekend. On August 8th, Jake and I boarded a bus for New York City. Neither of us had ever been there before.   Jake's snapchat from the bus   Times Square

Quarter-Life Crisis

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Most people are familiar with the term “midlife crisis,” which we associate with fathers making unusually large and impulsive buys, or moms finding new, young boyfriends. What people may not be as familiar with is the quarter-life crisis, where people in their twenties are faced with choosing the life they want to lead both personally and professionally.  

What Makes D.C. Special

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

City lights, the sound of sirens, and tourists flooding the streets are all reminders that Washington, D.C. is a typical city in some sense. One unique feature the city holds is its near proximity to so much more than I ever expected. If someone is looking for another urban metropolis, Baltimore, Maryland is just an hour drive away. If someone is looking for adventure, they can go about the same distance west to hike in the hills of Virginia or raft in the whitewater rapids of West Virginia.

I, alongside the other two Marzulla Law interns, attended a panel discussion hosted by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. The panelists consisted of representatives from the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. United States Congressman and past Vice-Presidential Nominee, Paul Ryan, was also a panelist and opened the discussion with remarks about reducing poverty in America.  

Nowhere I Would Rather Be

Monday, July 07, 2014

Many cities across the globe are known for the celebrations that they hold for particular holidays. Some examples would include New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Paris for Fashion Week, and New York for New Years. But on the Fourth of July, there is no more appropriate place to celebrate Independence Day than in Washington, D.C. As the masses began to line the streets of Constitution Avenue on the Friday morning to see the National Independence Day Parade, I knew that I was in the perfect city for the celebration.   Disclaimer  

Triple Threat

Monday, June 30, 2014

If I could describe it quantitatively, I would say that I feel like I have about 270 units of me to give and a total of 300 units expected by others. What do I mean? I mean that if I divided my life into three sections (professional, personal, and physical) and awarded each section 100 units to represent operating at 100% in that area, I estimate that on average I operate at about 90% of my full potential. Don’t get me wrong, I would give 100% to everything if I could. But I believe that everyone is limited to some degree.

Every time I call home, my mom reminds me that I haven’t sent her enough pictures of my activities in D.C. For her and the readers of this blog, I decided to create a post depicting my day in pictures. Furthermore, I could not resist incorporating one of the biggest social phenomena of my generation – the SELFIE. With new social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram, the need to document one’s life in pictures has increased. To meet the influx of photographs being taken, it is now socially acceptable to take photos of yourSELF by yourSELF, hence the term SELFIE!  

WARNING: Not for the Faint of Heart

Monday, June 16, 2014

Although the title might lead you to believe otherwise, the content of this post has no blood, guts, or gore. It neither contains profanity, nudity, nor substance abuse. Not for the Faint of Heart is my way of illustrating for you the “eat or be eaten” culture of commuting in Washington, D.C. As an intern, I did not bring my car to the city. Instead, I have committed myself to the use of public transportation.     Walking  

Leaving It All On the Field

Monday, June 09, 2014

I want to start by introducing myself. My name is Christopher M. Wheetley. I am very excited to be one of the student bloggers this summer for The Washington Center. I hope that if you are reading this post, you will visit again to keep up on my adventures in D.C. Whether you are a prospective or current student enrolled in The Washington Center, a family member of mine, a friend of mine, or someone that just stumbled upon this site, I hope that my posts will give you a glimpse of what life in D.C., particularly as it pertains to The Washington Center, is like for me.

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