Goodbye, June. Hello, July.

Goodbye, June. Hello, July.

It's hard to believe that we are halfway through our intership experience in D.C. It seems like just yesterday I arrived in Washington. Where has the time gone?

 

Career Boot CampFor this week's programming, we attended Career Boot Camp, which was held at the National Association of Home Builders. It was pretty warm Monday, so I am sure that I'm not the only one who disliked walking to the event. On our way to the location, we passed the building of The Washington Post, but I did not know we passed it until I was on my way back.

 

Such a large room.

 

At Career Boot Camp, we had a keynote speaker who was to speak to us about how our finances impact our job hunt. Honestly, I do not think the speaker even presented such a presentation. He did speak about finance, but he spent more time on telling us to avoid scams and to be careful about hackers and viruses. The presentation was disappointing, but the Q&A session made up for the lack of time spent on credit history and such.

 

After attending the keynote speaker presentation, we attended two workshops of our choice. The negative aspect of the workshops is that they were located at different locations. The two workshops I attended were the ones on the Peace Corps and jobs in the federal sector. I was pleased with the workshops. It's probably due to the fact that I had never been to an information session on the Peace Corps or on jobs in the government, so the sessions were quite informative.

 

Kale Chips?

Tuesday, my roommate, Mackenzie, messaged me to ask where the cookie sheet was so that she could make kale chips. Turns out, it was on the kitchen counter all along...

 

When I got back that night, she taught me how to make them. It's actually an easy process. All you need is kale, olive oil, salt, and something to bake your kale on. First, you remove the stem of the kale. Put all the leaves in a bowl and pour about half a teaspoon of olive oil on the leaves. This is slightly messy, but you need to massage the oil on the leaves, making sure that each leaf is covered with oil. Then, you sprinkle as much salt as you want (but not too much!). Preheat the oven, spread the leaves out on the baking sheet, and pop it in the oven! There's this weird step where you bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pan and bake for another 15 minutes so that every leaf is baked. Then, you take it out, let it cool, and finally, you'll get to eat your chips!

 

I'd never had kale before we made these. The chips don't taste like your regular tortilla, corn, potato, etc. chips. So, if you don't like the taste of vegetables, you'll probably not like kale chips.

 

Baby kale chips!

 

We had baby kale, so the chips were extremely small.

 

Circulator

I decided that I should have a random section on transportation in this post. Since I've been in D.C., many of my friends have complained about how expensive the metro is compared to other places (specifically NYC). However, there are buses that you can take to a certain destination for $1, and these buses are called Circulator buses.

 

Of course the train is faster than a bus, considering that one also has to factor in traffic and frequent bus stops. However, if you want to save money and you have time, the Circulator is a pretty good option. There's a bus that goes from Georgetown to Union Station (and vice versa), which is really close to the RAF.

 

I think I might take the bus more often. It forces you to know your way around the city even more than when you take the metro.

 

Night Life

 

The laser was pretty cool!

 

Friday night, a few friends and I decided to go dancing at a club. It was my first time. What do I conclude from this experience? Clubbing is fun when you're with a group of friends. Don't go clubbing with just one friend. Go with three or more. Also, your feet will hurt no matter what you wear.

 

It's already July?!

I can't believe it's already almost July. The 4th of July is literally this week. Hopefully, I'll hear the National Symphony Orchestra play Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture!

 

June has been a good month, and I look forward to seeing what I will encounter in July!

 

Until next time!

Jeannie

 

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