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Home Institution: University of Toledo

Internship Site: National Association of Federally Impacted Schools

Program: Law and Criminal Justice

Not Goodbye, but See You Later

Friday, December 18, 2015

GB Took On DC

Finals Week Madness

Sunday, December 06, 2015

I always dread finals week. Studying for five exams while trying to write final papers always makes me wonder if I actually want the semester to end. This finals week is a little different than most: sure, I have a pile of work to get done, but I certainly did not countdown for this semester to end. I'm sure that if you have followed along with my blogs, you've noticed that I have practically had the time of my life this semester.

Thankful for Turkey and Family

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Happy Turkey Day! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I mean, who doesn’t love to stuff their face for hours on end and then go shopping for things you don’t really need but, “It’s such a good deal”? This year, I couldn’t make it home for Thanksgiving because tickets to Ohio during the holiday season cost more than double than what they would typically be; I was a little bummed about missing out on the best holiday of the year.

“Wait, I Haven’t Done that Yet!”

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It's crunch time, the semester has been winding to its final days and the weekends left for fun-tivities are extremely limited. This whole “oh, we’ll do that one of these weekends” thing does not work anymore, considering we technically only have one weekend left. It has been so hectic lately with final presentations for class, out-of-town visitors and spring semester planning.  

Week Full-O-Fun

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I know I have probably mentioned this a thousand times, but I am almost positive that I have the greatest internship I could have asked for. Every day, I have the freedom of stepping out of the office whenever I’d like to attend hearings and/or other meetings that I am interested in; this is like a dream for someone like me who cannot sit at a desk for 8 hours straight. Our supervisor emails us a list of events in DC every day, and we can choose to attend whatever sounds interesting.

The picture below is an accurate interpretation of me as I walked out of work every day this week. Gosh, I love this time of year, you know time when I am expected to function all day long when the sky is obviously telling me to go to bed.    

Don’t Count the Days, Make the Days Count

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This was one of those weeks where so many things happened that the Monday through Thursday work week was a complete blur. Every Thursday, I cross the day off on my calendar and get a little sad because that’s another week that has come and gone, and I am one week closer to having to go home. Don’t get me wrong, I love home and miss my family/friends, but I just can’t think of leaving this place yet.

Guide for Future Interns

Monday, October 26, 2015

So, if you are anything like me, you are checking these blogs to see what you should prepare for in the city. What should I take? Should I just buy my work clothes in D.C.? How much money am I going to spend? What building do I want to live in? The questions are endless, but hopefully I can shed some light on some of them - as always, feel free to comment with more!   The Packing Stress

Mid-Term DC Evaluation

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

We did our mid-term evaluations for our internship site and our academic course this week, so I figured, why not do one for my semester as a whole? Typically mid-terms sneak up on me; it is around this time of the semester that I realize I need to get it together and buckle down because there is half a semester worth of information I need to catch up on.

So during our orientation on our first day here, they told us, “don’t sleep while you’re here, you have all winter break to sleep!” Naturally, I thought they were nuts. I mean I understood that they wanted us to go out and explore the city, but I was sure I’d be getting my 7 hours of sleep in during the week…boy was I wrong. Every hour of sleep that I have lost here is very well worth it, I don’t spend it writing papers or studying for exams like I do back at home, it’s a little more fun than that here.

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