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Nate

Nate

Home Institution: State University of New York College at Geneseo

Internship Site: Jacques and Associates, Inc.

Program: Politics and Public Policy

So this was it, my last week. A sad time filled with goodbyes, last chances and hours of grueling cleaning and packing, which I absolutely could have down without. After our commencement ceremony on Monday (For anyone wondering, I did indeed manage to get my immaculate portfolio in on time) I trekked up to the Hill one last time for a hearing, grabbed a fancy lunch with my office, and managed to have a little nocturnal fun too.  

The Most Overwhelming Time of the Year

Monday, December 08, 2014

Ahh finals season. The most dreaded and traumatizing weeks that only come once a semester. Back at school I oftentimes would be so stressed out worrying about papers, and presentations, and exams that I forgot to stop and appreciate the holiday season happening all around. Being in D.C., it’s a little easier to slow things down and appreciate the merriment and feelings of good cheer going on around me.

Home for the Holidays

Monday, December 01, 2014

Now don't get me wrong, I love D.C. and have had the time of my life this semester at TWC, making new friends and learning all about the real world. But honestly I was ecstatic to travel back home this week for Thanksgiving and realized there truly is no place quite like home. I've spent the duration of my college years far away from home, but there's something different about coming back from D.C. this time, and I can't quite put my finger on it.  

Friends in Cold Places

Monday, November 24, 2014

So remember about 3 months ago when I was complaining about the heat and humidity I first experienced when moving to D.C.? I take it all back. As I’m sure you are aware, the Northeast has recently been hit with an “artic front” (whatever that even means), resulting in some very frigid weather here and mountains of snow back home in Western New York. Needless to say, fall is now over, and winter is coming. (Looks like the Starks were right after all?) Sadly, this means my time here in D.C. is almost at an end.

As I’m sure you are aware, this past Tuesday was Veterans Day, and for D.C. that means hundreds of thousands of our brave men and women flocking to visit the monuments and memorials erected in honor of their service. As if there weren’t already a lot of visitors coming to the city for the holiday, this year the National Mall hosted a free concert extravaganza, titled The Concert For Valor.

TWC's Programming

Monday, November 10, 2014

As you may know, The Washington Center is so much more than just an internship.

Halloweekend

Monday, November 03, 2014

So it’s that time of the year when it suddenly becomes socially acceptable to consume obnoxious quantities of candy and dress up in ridiculous costumes. Back in Geneseo, Halloween is like a weeklong celebration, with multiple costumes, tons of campus events and of course, candy. Celebrating here in D.C. is much different, as it’s just another day in the real world. (They wouldn’t let us wear our costumes to work for some reason...) Though it might be a little tougher to get into the spirit of things here, we did find one way to get our scares here in NoMa.

That Weather Though

Monday, October 27, 2014

It’s unclear if the fall weather is always this nice in D.C., or if maybe it’s just global warming, but either way my friends and I decided we would try being outdoorsy so that we could enjoy it. Even though we’re living in the middle of a city

Tanks and Drones and Guns Oh My

Monday, October 20, 2014

As you’re probably aware, the United States spends a good amount of money on defense. The lobbying firm that I’m interning at specializes in defense and aerospace, so over the course of the past couple months I’ve been learning a lot about the vast industry that revolves around the Defense Department and our military. Need a couple billion for drones? You got it. Need another 10 billion for a top-secret project that no one knows about? No problem.

Gettin' Engaged

Monday, October 13, 2014

As you may have noticed from my previous posts, TWC keeps us on our toes, making sure we don’t have too much down time. (I guess they’re just trying to prepare us for the "real world.") One of the core requirements for the program is the civic engagement project, which I just began this past week.



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