And So It Begins…The Only-in-DC Experience

And So It Begins…The Only-in-DC Experience

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am really excited to dive into all the experiences that D.C. has to offer. The days prior to my internship was full of meeting new people, learning about TWC, and even a little bit of exploration. Just from the few days of being here I knew that this was going to be one of the most memorable summers of my life.

 

Living and Working in a City

 

In just a week and a half, I have learned so much about the culture in D.C. and what it means to live in a city. In fact, the very first day that I decided to go shopping for groceries I found out that grocery bags weren’t free in D.C.! Disposable bags are ubiquitous, but I think it’s a good thing what D.C. is doing. The nickel-a-bag tax was originally created to save the Anacostia River which has a toxic history. After learning about this, I decided go green and buy a reusable bag too; I guess you could say I am already becoming a true Washingtonian!

 

As far as housing, let me just say the arrangements provided by TWC are luxurious to say the least. I live at the Flats, one of TWCs residential facilities. It’s located in NoMa, a neighborhood filled with young professionals, and some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Seriously! I’ve made several friends just on the elevator. Nevertheless, so far I’m loving it. Although, it’s dorm-style living, the amenities provided by the building make up for the lack of space.  Plus, I have awesome roommates which adds to the great mix of things.

 

As the first day of work drew near I decided to do a trial run of my commute. I highly recommend this because even with Google Maps by my side, I was lost. As I got off the metro and stared at my phone trying to figure out where to go next, I was almost caught in a stampede of people on their way to work. Not to mention the GPS taking me the in circles before finding my internship site. I eventually figured it all out and haven’t missed my way ever since.

 

On the first day, as I took the elevator up to the 7th floor, I wondered what my office was going to be like. I was not sure what to expect since I have never worked in an office environment before. My impression that the office culture would be very serious and that we would stare at our computer screens all day was completely wrong. I learned quickly that even though our office is small, the work that they do has a great and lasting impact. My job as an intern is far from the coffee runs and mail drop-offs that people picture D.C. interns doing. On the contrary, the office is quite tight-knit and has a low-stress environment. In fact, my supervisor encourages all interns to make the best of their time here in D.C. and informs us of events that could enable us to grow as students and professionals.

 

The First City Adventure

 

The weekend before my internship began, TWC planned to host a guided tour. I wasn’t going to miss out, especially since this was on my bucket list (see previous post). The tour was of Columbia Heights, a historic neighborhood in D.C. Amongst others, we passed by the Greater Washington Urban League and a few embassies. We also stopped by the GALA Hispanic Theatre, an institution that promotes the Latino arts and cultures. I’m not an art fanatic, but the art here was definitely intriguing. Here are some pictures of what I stumbled upon:

 

National Baptist Memorial


Note: These pictures have an incredible history behind them, I’ll leave you to look it up if you’re interested.

There were churches everywhere...

 

And then was art...

 

After all the sight-seeing was done (or at least I thought so), I was expecting that all of us would go back to NoMa where all the residential facilities are located. Instead, we were told that the tour was over and we could do whatever we wanted. So some of my friends and I decided to explore Howard University since it was close-by. It’s an incredibly beautiful campus. And if you’re like me and think your campus is big, think again. Definitely a must see in D.C. Visiting Howard has made me add another item to my D.C. bucket list: Visit 2 college campuses.

 

Founders Library is an iconic building on the Howard University campus that has been declared a National Historic Landmark.


These have been just a few highlights of my week. Some days more entertaining than the others, but I’m sure that in the days to come there is going to be no shortage of meeting new people, visiting new places, and eating exquisite food. Again, thank you for reading and tune in next time for more of the inside scoop.

 

See you next week!

Obed

 

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