Goodbye D.C.

Goodbye D.C.

The fall 2014 TWC program has now officially come to an end. I am sad to say that this is my final blog, but it has been fun being able to update all of you about what is going on here in D.C. As associated with final weeks, there were a ton of goodbyes and bittersweet moments, but in the end, I think all the TWC students can look back and see how much they improved and how close we all became.


Moving Out

Ah, my favourite part. Not. My roommates and I basically cleaned up the entire apartment and tried to finish up all our food that was leftover. Obviously, this did not happen. We had one broken glass in our apartment but nothing missing, so I think that is quite successful. Packing wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but I think for most people, it’s trying not to get overweight luggage. Maybe I bought a few too many things here in D.C.? I think I will miss the apartment and my roommates. It was my first time living away from home for a long period of time, so as funny as it sounds, I will have fond memories of living in that apartment. We had a pretty good group of roommates and did a lot of things together. Ji-hye made the final dinner for us all and it was really tasty.

 

Oooh...Ji-hye's bulgogi

 

Nice clear move out day (TWC sure threw out a lot of stuff! Maybe a new civic engagement project?)

 

All packed up

 

One last photo in front of the RAF

 

Tips for Future Students

Before I did the TWC program, I was a little bit unsure of what I wanted to do in the future, but I think that the program really helped me narrow down what I should consider. Most of the events exposed me to things that I didn’t know before, and in some ways, I think that it is an experience that you could only get in D.C. There aren’t that many places with such a mix of think tanks, academic institutions, government, and global affairs programs. Also, the assignments were able to expose the things that I needed to improve on and helped me actually talk to professionals in the field.


I guess some tips for future students would be to take every opportunity that is given to you.  You have to make the experience your own and really find things that you are interested in. Sometimes, it is also best to go away from the TWC programming and make your own opportunities. If anything, be open to learning new things. Some things may not seem relevant to your studies at first, but if you have a mindset where you are willing to learn from the experience, it will probably serve you well.


At TWC, you will meet people from all over the world. There was pretty much someone from every continent represented (except maybe Antarctica!). From just talking to the other international students, I feel that I have learned so much about different cultures and customs. Also, I now have friends from all over the world which is quite cool. I’ve talked to some people and asked what their favourite part of the program was, and most people said it was meeting and living with students from all over the world. It’s funny how easy it is to make connections and talk to people about almost everything since all the students were willing to share their thoughts on the experience and how things were different back home.

 

Some of the Canadians and other international students at the Lincoln Memorial

 

Finally, time will go by fast. Make sure you make plans to do everything that you want to. D.C. is an amazing city with great sites and great people. Make sure to take advantage of what there is to offer and explore the city where you will be living. I remember someone saying during the first week to pack your schedules full from the beginning, or else you will get into a routine being lazy and missing out. Ok, well don’t go so full speed that you burn out, but just make sure not to let things pass you by.

 

The National Christmas Tree, my last attraction visited in D.C.


Greetings from New York City

As I write you currently in New York City, I am looking back on a great experience. Looking out from the window of my train today leaving D.C., I saw the RAF and remembered some pretty great times with TWC. I probably won’t see D.C. the same in the future when I go back since it was like it was a home for me, if only just for a few months.  All the people that I have met are so accommodating and welcoming. Finally, the best part of TWC was definitely the people, but specifically, meeting my fellow students. I didn’t get to meet President Obama here in D.C., but I did meet some of the nicest, most ambitious, and bright students that I have ever gotten to know. I really do look forward to see where all of them end up and wish everyone the best!

 

Goodbye NoMa Station and D.C.!

 

As for myself, all that is known for now is that I will go back to school for one semester, and then I will graduate.  After that, it’s all open. It has been a pleasure being able to write this blog, and I would like to thank anyone who took the time to read my posts.  Hopefully you had as much fun reading it as I had writing it. Happy holidays to all!

Sincerely,
Carlene

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