The Chicken and The Pig

The Chicken and The Pig

Now, almost seven weeks into the program and I’m already beginning to feel a little sad. Maybe that’s because my internship is coming to end very soon, or maybe it’s because I’m going to have to leave the District. In any case, I am going to miss this place, and I can already feel it.

 

This past week was another busy week at my internship. I like busy. At least, for the most part. I am continually thankful for internship experience because of the wide variety of pertinent skills that I learn. With the week being occupied with many tasks and duties, it flew by. Before I knew it, it was already the weekend. And this weekend, my family was coming into town.

 

As any true Washingtonian, I first showed them around the Capital. Our first stop – The Library of Congress. On a quick side note, though, anyone can get a library card to go into the reading room, if that’s your thing. If not, you can view the reading room from above just like every other visitor. After visiting the library we did a tour of the Capitol Building. Luckily for us, it was the hottest weekend since I have been here, so we had to take several food and water breaks. All of which were free for me - an additional bonus of having your family around. Trust me, once you live in D.C., you’ll live for the free stuff too. I really enjoyed this weekend, not only because my family came to visit, but also because it was energizing to take a break after a busy week.


TWCs Requirement to LEAD

One thing I haven’t talked about yet is LEAD. Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, and Development Colloquium, also known as LEAD sessions, are select meetings on Friday mornings, where you'll meet with around fifteen students in a small group discussion facilitated by your academic program advisor. It mostly consists of discussions and reflections on professional development and your personal goals and values and how they can be translated in the professional world. I know the first time I heard about these LEAD sessions I was not quite sure what to expect, but hopefully this gives you a snapshot of what to expect.

 

Boot Camp

Another aspect of TWC that I have yet to talk about is the Career Boot Camp. For many students who are part of the program, one of the reasons they travel to D.C. is to broaden their horizons, and engage in discussions that give them new perspective on their career paths or new ones. The Career Boot Camp added to that experience. The camp was an all-day event that had various breakout sessions, some of which included how to negotiate your salary, finding a job in the federal government, and perfecting your Linkedin profile.

 

Another Week Another SMLS


 

This past Friday was the second part of the Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series (SMLS). The topic, one of much contention in the past few months, was race relations in the United States. The panelists included Michael Eric Dyson, professor at Georgetown and contributor for MSNBC and Ray Suarez, the host of Al Jazeera's Inside Story. The panelists touched on everything from the history of race relations in the United State to recent events that have taken place across the country. Mr. Dyson did much of the talking, with Mr. Suarez leading the discussion. Personally, one of Dyson’s anecdotal stories really stuck with me. The story of the chicken and the pig. The fable is originally about commitment. Michael Dyson, however, used the fable to illustrate an individual’s perspective. Both the chicken and the pig believe that they’re sacrificing much to contribute to make ham and eggs. The premise is based in the fact that everyone wants to believe that they are sacrificing more to a cause, but do they really? Just something to think about not only in terms of race relations, but in other aspects of life as well.


Nevertheless, I think it’s great that TWC is engaging its students in such dialogues because that enables them to bridge gaps in knowledge and increases understanding on various current issues.


Thanks again for visiting, and stick around for my next post which will be on some tips on how to make your internship in the District a successful one. Until then, have a great week!

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