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Home Institution: University of New Mexico Main Campus

Internship Site: Arlington Refugee Services (Catholic Diocese of Arlington-Migration and Refugee Services)

Program: Ford Motor Company Global Scholars

Washington and the World

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

At the end of it all, I thought that it might be a good idea to let all of my readers know what it is like to be in the most international class I have ever taken, the example is from this past week. Our topic was non-proliferation. First, a little background. After we got done with Model UN, the second half of the class was dedicated to reading articles or listening to radio shows from past and present that we then used to make a short opinion paper. We then got a bit of a lecture to become informed on the gaps our teacher saw in our papers.

Home Again, Home Again

Monday, December 01, 2014

Home. Although the place the word represents changes, the meaning never does. As Verlyn Klinkenborg said, it is a way of organizing space in our mind, and it is the place that we can never see with a stranger’s eyes for more than a moment. For me, it deals more with a sense of myself and with a feeling I get from the people around me. It is the place where you don’t feel tension in your neck or shoulders, and your heart rate slows. You feel safe and grateful because all of those around you have your best interests in mind.

Can you jive, can you dive, can you rockabilly or lindy, balboa or blues? If not, it does not matter, just bring your dancing shoes! (Dancing shoes include all shoes that don’t fall off your feet) If you never have before then do not worry because everyone learns to dance on the floor, step by step and dance by dance. That is the culture in most every dance place I have chanced.

Channeling my inner politician personality, I ran after work to join a large group of Texans to meet with Ted Cruz’s chief of staff for an after 5:00 on a Friday meeting. It being my first time in the Senate buildings, I got completely lost and could not remember the number of the room I was supposed to go in after my phone died. Walking quickly as I could, I knocked and went into the first office that I saw that looked friendly.

This past Friday was TWC’s Global Citizenship day. It was a day filled with thoughts about the collection of people surrounding the planet and how everyone’s history and the future are all connected.

Fake it Till You Make it: Model UN

Monday, November 03, 2014

Model United Nations (UN) is an experience that I have always wanted to have the opportunity to be a part of since I first heard about it in high school. Unfortunately, I could never find a group, and because of my lack of experience I was too insecure to start one of my own without knowing the process. This weekend, I finally got that experience, and it was more than I could have ever hoped for. I was proud when individuals would ask me how many conferences I had been to, and I said that this Model UN was my first.

One Place Takes You Somewhere Else

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New York, everyone hears about it from a young age.  We see Hollywood movies about it and TV shows.  It is glorified and defined in so many forms.  Luckily, my program took us there for a weekend.  What made me the most inspired was that it does not disappoint. Getting to see people have their first experiences in the city was powerful.

NoMa Gosh!

Monday, October 20, 2014

As my instructor for the Washington and the World class told us on the first day, there is a best way to get to know the material that you learn. First, you see it as someone that has never seen it before would see it. Then, you become more acquainted with it, and you learn the material at a deeper level. This continues until you are able to look at something from the inside out, know both places, and help those that have not reached as far in for knowledge.

Mexico 100

Monday, October 13, 2014

Now I have to warn everyone if you are not in tune with your hippie self you might not understand, but over this week I have felt more at home than I ever have in D.C. I have started to find the places that make me feel like I am somewhere great, like I am working toward the goal of the great people that have passed though this place before me. What was even better was, I was able to share this with my new friends from TWC's Mexico 100 program as I got to play tourist in D.C. again.

The Feeling Will Stay With You Forever

Monday, October 06, 2014

This past Monday, I was one of the lucky few to get to represent TWC at the Gala 2014: Access and Opportunity. Over the weeks leading up to the event, and as all of us students fretted over what to wear, we were armed with something that no one at the event would be able to see but would come out in the way that we were able to stand with confidence. This was training that ranged from how to use the silverware at a three course meal, to introductions, to networking skills.

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