The Washington Center



Home Institution: Dickinson College

Internship Site: Montgomery County Public Defender's Service

Program: Law and Criminal Justice

Thank You...

Monday, December 08, 2014

I made the decision to come to Washington, D.C. through the Washington Center because I was eager to find myself and the career field that fits my interest the best. Many of my friends decided to go abroad for their study abroad experience, but I decided to come to our nation’s capital, which made me question if I would have a great experience that would be equally transformative. As a freshman and sophomore, I usually heard stories from upperclassmen who actually went abroad, and they always explained to me how their lives have changed.

Gobble Gobble!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

I absolutely in love with Thanksgiving because I am able to experience the three f’s: food, family, and football. My aunt’s cooking is what makes me really excited to go home to New York City. I purposely do not eat the whole day until the massive feast is ready for me. This year, I decided to travel on Thanksgiving in the morning to NYC, which was supposed to be a four and half hour ride.  However, the Greyhound driver must have had food waiting for her at home, so she drove very fast cutting our arrival time by an hour.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

I remember coming to Washington, D.C. for a college tour during my junior year of high school with my college preparatory program, Upward Bound. In addition to receiving tours of American University and George Washington University, we had the opportunity to go to the renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Of course, the Hall of States had my head cocked up to the ceiling looking for the New York State flag. And, I got to participate in the funniest mystery at the scene of mayhem, Shear Madness.

Red, White, and Blue!

Monday, November 17, 2014

First started as a celebration of the end of World War I, Veterans Day has since become a time set aside to honor all American veterans. The Women in Military Service for America Memorial has become a traditional site for observing this day, and I decided to tag along on a walking excursion with my roommate Ethan and a friend Yelena for four miles to Arlington Cemetery from NoMa.  

Travel the World

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Global Citizenship Day was an amazing experience that I was glad to have the opportunity to be a part of at TWC, especially since this a relatively new tradition started only three years ago. Kelly Eaton, the Chief Academic Officer of TWC, explained the importance of global citizenship and our impact on this world as global citizens, offering examples such as the Nebraska farmer’s soybeans mainly exported to China.  

Let's Get Free

Monday, November 03, 2014

Recently, I attended a conference in Baltimore at The University of Maryland called “Ferguson and Beyond: Toward An Equitable, Safe, and Just Society.” It was a free program which focused on some of the underlying causes of the recent and ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri. Specifically, the program highlighted the criminal justice system and the ways in which the various components of the system impact individuals, families, and communities of color.  

We Are Playing Basketball!

Monday, October 27, 2014

When I am choosing future housing, one factor that has high importance is a nearby basketball court. A constant struggle that I have living in D.C. is finding a park where I can shoot some hoops and go down memory lane of my athletic days in high school.  

Dickinson College Invasion

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Pause

Socrates Moment

Monday, October 13, 2014

Café Philo DC: “Is It Immoral to Live Happily While Injustice Persists?"  

Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All

Monday, October 06, 2014

Informational Interview aka Great Conversation “Hi, Ms. Sylvia Long? My name is Jahmel”.   I followed my introduction for my informational interview with, “in what way does this type of work interest you, and how did you get started?”  Ms. Long’s warm and receptive greeting foreshadowed the transformation of an informational interview into a genuine conversation between two people.

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