D.C.: Discovered the City

D.C.: Discovered the City

This is it. As of Friday afternoon, I am officially a TWC alumna.

 

What a journey it has been. Over the past 10 weeks, I've had so many incredible experiences and have seen a lot of personal growth. From my internship at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to my academic course to the TWC programming, such as the LEAD Colloquium and Professional Track events, each component of The Washington Center's academic internship program presented me with new challenges and opportunities. Through it all I was able to learn more about communications, refine my skills by working in the communications department of an organization, and expand my network by establishing connections with professionals in the field. While it was a lot of work at times, it was worth it.

 

My experience living in D.C. and Maryland was also one that I'll never forget, as I was able to explore everything my temporary home(s) had to offer, from the sites and sounds to the beautiful outdoors and delicious food, and yes, even the Metro. Although, it's debatable whether this was more memorable or just unforgettable. I'm also incredibly fortunate to have had such good friends in the area to stay with and show me around, which also made my time in D.C. that much better. So, if you're reading this, thank you to my family, host family, co-workers and the friends I've made during my time in D.C. I appreciate all of your support and I would not have had the experience I did without you. And to my reader, thank you for letting me share my experience with you. If you ever have the opportunity to participate in TWC's program, I encourage you to do so and create your own list of acronyms.

 

Now, I leave you with one last acronym in honor of my time in D.C. 10 weeks ago, D.C. meant "Discovering the City," as it was a place full of unlimited opportunities and experiences. Now, 10 weeks later, I feel I've taken advantage of many of the opportunities presented to me and have experience much of what the city has to offer. So, this week's acronym is once again D.C., which now stands for "Discovered the City."

 

Capitol

The Capitol Building.

 

It might be a long "later," but it's safe to say I'll be back, so TTYL, D.C.

 

- Kailyn

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