The Feeling Will Stay With You Forever

The Feeling Will Stay With You Forever

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. The night of, walking out of Judiciary Square metro all dolled up, my girls and I saw a limo parked in front of the museum. Knowing the night was finally here, I paired up with one of my close friends to get to know some of the glamorous people that would surround us during the evening.




Most of the crew!


I tried to capture the place, but it was too big and beautiful and I had too few pixels on my phone.


Somewhere in the first hour I started to feel my groove in the cocktail hour. This comfort came from a place that I would never have expected but was a tool I had gotten from experience I became very grateful for. I began associating the conversations I was having with those I had at one of my first jobs, at the front desk of a hotel. I felt much more at ease. These kinds of associations have the same layout. First, although you are thinking that this person is going to come to you, you are going to be the one to make the first move. At the front desk it was a smile, at the gala it was the handshake. Then you would get though with the necessities, starting with their name and what they do and then if anything they said caught your attention you dive deeper merely by asking questions. This conversation can get as shallow as why they are there or deep as the life successes and mistakes that lead them there, it all depends on connection the two people feel.


Shortly after this realization, I had one of my favorite moments of the evening. It was when one of the girls in my program came running up to me and with sparkles in her eyes and as excited as I have ever seen someone, she asked if this was my first time at an event like this. I had to admit it was not, but it was so special to see someone that I could picture going to many more of these in the future getting her first taste.  Then later, I met her counterpart, only 20 years older. She was a  lawyer that was at the event because of a gratefulness for that feeling she had. The picture she described to me of herself as a university student was the same one that could describe many of my peers. She had only gotten though her undergraduate with the help of the scholarships she had received. Because of these scholarships she felt eternally grateful to her university and was there to show support.


This event was proof again for that Maya Angelou quote, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Another word for this feeling, this new found drive is a tool.


The students of the Ford Program


Arielle Reynoso



To continue profiling my peers, I've chosen to interview Arielle Reynoso. Arielle is a senior at Marymount California University getting her degree in International Relations. She works at the same place as me, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS). It's actually a vast organization that Migration and Refugee Services are only a segment of. MRS exists to service mostly refugees and asylees that are assigned by the State Department to live in Northern Virginia. Only 0.5 to 1% of refugees who apply to come to the U.S. are admitted, so we try to lift them out of oppression and empower them with the tools necessary to succeed in the U.S.


Arielle works in the resettlement department. This is an umbrella department in which she looks over individual cases and coordinates with different departments in the organization, may these needs deal with health, housing, employment, or student services (VERSAP). This is all for the ultimate goal of self suffiency after the first three months, regardless of English skill upon arrival.  Working at MRS is a step toward Arielle's goal of working in international development. Right out of college she wants to go into the Peace Corps, and with this field experience she wants to do community development though the empowerment of women and youth.


I don't think I mentioned this before, but these questions are coming from a list that I have each of my peers pick from randomly.


What do you like for breakfast?

Breakfast is her favorite meal and the most important of the day. Usually for her it consists of oatmeal with milk and bananas. Then a lot of coffee which can go on throughout the day.


What are the challenges of living in a new place, and how have you overcome these?

The scariest moment was when she got dropped off on the first day by the super shuttle and had no idea about how to position this place which was not a part of her internal map. So the  hardest part was at the beginning. It was the feeling of the unknown. She had been abroad in Florence, but here it was a totally different experience. There she expected to lose her way around a little bit, but in her own country coupled with having to get places on time was incredibly stressful.  To get adjusted she turned to one of her favorite pastimes of running. This helped her get to know the place at a much more personal level and with all of the beautiful scenery so close, she said it was a little bit easier to go further.


Kaushik Ghosh


Kaushik comes from Amity University where he is working on his MBA with a specialization in Marketing and Sales. His internship is at Association of Corporate Travel Executives.  Most of his work is with marketing and international business. On the marketing side, this can include creating marking content and efforts. On the international business side, he sits in on some of the conferences and then analyzes past performances and makes recommendations for the future.  This is a step in the direction of becoming an entrepreneur. He wants to follow the eco-commerce model and one day get into the food business.


What big lesson could someone learn from your life?

Kaushik feels there are two main lessons people could learn from his life. The first is to not put a lot of pre-planning into work. This takes a lot of pressure off of life. Rather than always thinking about the next thing you have to do which can cause a lot of stress, he feels an important lesson is that everything falls into place at the right time, so don’t rush it. The second lesson is to do what you like. An example is how he feels that he is naturally a shy person and so likes to spend time alone. This idea at a higher level is, do what suits your interests. Your heart should match your brain in everything that you are doing. These are a constantly evolving process, so follow your curiosity. Maybe people will not like what you are doing, but sometimes you have to walk alone.


What are the challenges of living in a new place, and how have you overcome these?

He has not found anything challenging in D.C, He had been abroad previously, this has been an easy transition. According to Kaushik, the trick is to get a broad idea before you go deep into exploring. On the first day he did a bus tour, and this gave him a rough idea what the culture of the city was. He felt that it started him off on the right foot to just keep exploring deeper and deeper in the city. This has lead him to enjoy the D.C. culture of jogging especially along the river front.

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