Its A New Week

Its A New Week

First of all, I just want to say how crazy this week was for me; and crazy in a good way. And if you read my blog post from last week, and compare it to my blog post this week, you may also just think I am crazy... in general.

Monday to Wednesday:

My week started off by preparing for one of our bigger events at the Canada Institute -- ‘Falling Oil Prices: Changing Implications for Global Producers.’ I have to admit I was quite nervous for the event itself; I have never had the opportunity to be a part of an organization that manages these kinds of things. It was all very new, but when the event day came it was actually pretty great to be a part of it. I’ll spare the details on all of the event day activities. All you need to know is that it went great and it was an incredible learning experience for me! However, for anyone who is interested in knowing more about the event, I really encourage you to watch the live webcast posted here:


Thursday was a little more humdrum, calm, and much less eventful in comparison to the start of my week. I attended work from 9-5, then class later in the evening; nothing too exciting. I have to be honest though and say that so far I am really enjoying my class and the professor. He really engages the class, asks us to challenge him on what he is saying, and is incredibly knowledgeable. As long as I manage to stay on top of the work for the class I think it will go well.


I had my usual day of TWC programs, which ended with a great evening of good company and sushi in Chinatown. It was so great to get out after a busy week of work, and even better to find some new friends who enjoy sushi as much as I do. Slowly, but surely I have been meeting more people, getting out of my comfort zone, and really starting to enjoy myself. It came to my realization a couple days after writing my first blog on homesickness: everyone here is, for the most part, new to each other and experiencing D.C. for the first time as well, so I shouldn’t worry so much about everything. And after realizing this, I found that the best way to deal with homesickness is to get out with people and see the city.

Saturday and Sunday:

My Saturday didn’t consist of your typical afternoon activities such as going out with your friends. I did something different, and instead of going out with friends, I got involved in a way that gave back to the community. I volunteered.


Not the first thing you think of when you think of all the great ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, right? For the most part I would have agreed with that, until I met Scamp.



All I can say is that this little guy stole my heart. I volunteered with the Rural Dog Rescue here in D.C., and was fortunate enough to hang out with this regal beagle for a few hours. We spent the afternoon going for walks, hanging out with some of the other rescue dogs, and cuddling each other to stay warm. It really was an incredible Saturday afternoon, and I am looking forward to volunteering with them again. Sunday was also pretty great since it was finally nice enough outside to comfortably walk around for a few hours. Since it was so nice, some friends and I decided to go and check out some of the monuments! I’ve posted some of the photos from our Sunday afternoon, but again won’t dare to go into the details because I really don't believe my description of the monuments will do them any justice. I would only say that if you are ever in D.C., they are definitely something you would want to check out!





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