NoMa, the RAF and NASA

NoMa, the RAF and NASA

I've now been in D.C. for a little over two weeks and I have already done things I never thought I would have the opportunity to do and met people I never thought I would have the opportunity to meet. For example, just this week alone, I was able to sit in on meetings on Capitol Hill, talk to communications professionals from organizations like NASA, take a course with a professional in the communications field and eat lunch outside of the White House, which was just as fun as everything else for a non-D.C. native. In addition to all the things I had the chance to experience this week, I had another taste of D.C.'s acronym alphabet soup. As always, here are some new acronyms to add to your list. You are making a list. Right?



North of Massachusetts Avenue (NoMa) is the vibrant, up-and-coming neighborhood that most TWC interns have the pleasure of calling home this summer. As a commuter, I am only there a couple of times a week for my academic course and LEAD Colloquium, but I still have enjoyed my time there. Not too far from the Capitol, not only is NoMa in a great location, but there is a lot to do. Just walking to and from the Metro, I pass countless shops and restaurants, which I am eager to stop at some day. The neighborhood is also full of colorful residential homes, like this:


NoMa Neighborhood

Houses in the NoMa Neighborhood.



I've mentioned this one briefly before, but the RAF is the Residential and Academic Facility (RAF). Located in NoMa, a TWC intern's world seems to revolve around this building and for good reason. Not only is this one of the TWC's apartment buildings where many interns live, but it is also the location for LEAD Colloquiums, professional track events, and academic courses. I had my first academic course this week after work and it met in one of the classrooms downstairs in the RAF.



The Washington Center's Residential and Academic Facility (RAF).


I am taking a course called "Strategic Communications," which is all about how to think critically, in order to produce more effective communications and public relations campaigns. As a Strategic Communications major at Elon, this class is right up my alley.


My instructor has tons of experience running campaigns and currently works in the industry. It is clear he is passionate about what he does and wants to help all of us succeed this summer. Although the class is 3 hours, which can be rough after an early morning and a long day of work, time seemed to fly by. Everyone was engaged in the conversation, bouncing ideas off of each other as we worked through a case study just hours after meeting each other at the first class. It was a great environment.


Another thing I noticed, which I really like, is that the people I interact with through TWC, like my academic course instructor and my internship supervisors, understand that all TWC interns are busy, and probably tired. They respect that and work to make sure we aren't just wasting our time with busy work. Everything we do in the class, or other events, has a reason and is beneficial to us in one way or another.



On Friday, my Media & Communication Professional Track group had the option of attending one of two events. I decided to go to the panel on technology and its influence on the way we communicate, where I got to hear from Laura Worley, the Press Secretary and Senior Advisor for the National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA), and Det Ansin, the Founder/President of BrickSimple, a mobile app development firm. Worley and Ansin were both very informative, answering the audiences' questions and providing myself and the other interns with information on their careers, their predictions for the future of communication and advice on how we can launch our own careers. They also took the time to meet with interns individually after the panel to answer any additional questions and network. Meeting the Press Secretary for NASA or the Founder of BrickSimple was never something I thought I'd get to do, but it is just another one of the benefits of being a TWC intern.


NASA Press Secretary

NASA Press Secretary and Senior Advisor Laura Worley.


After a busy week in the city, I spent the rest of the weekend exploring my other home: Maryland. With only 10 weeks in D.C., I try to make the most of each weekend. Here are some highlights from this past weekend.


Each Friday night Rockville Town Square has free live music, so a friend and I decided to grab some food from a local restaurant and listen to the band, which turned out to be a Latin Jazz and Salsa group called Rumba Club. There was a great turnout from the local community, with people eating, dancing and socializing all night.


Rumba Club performing at Rockville Town Square.


A second highlight from my weekend is my adventure along the Potomac River. A couple of friends and I took biked along the Potomac River to a boathouse, where we rented a canoe and spent the afternoon on the Potomac River. Being so close to D.C., people may not always think of outdoor activities like this, but it was nice to get outside and do something active. This was probably one of my favorite activities so far, and we're planning on doing it again in a couple of weeks.


Canoeing on the Potomac River

Hanna, Margaret and I canoeing on the Potomac River.



- Kailyn

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