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Home Institution: Hanover College

Internship Site: US Department of Commerce (DC)

Program: Politics and Public Policy

But Wait, There's More!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Last week, I wrote what I thought was going to be my final blog post. I had just finished my internship and submitted my final portfolio, capstone, and final essay for Scandalous Washington. I thought I was done. But last night while saying goodbye to my friends, I realized that was really the end of the semester. As I sit here in the airport, waiting to board my plane, I realize the people I met here are truly going to be my lifelong friends. I also realize how much I despise traveling, especially when they limit you to 50 lbs. per suitcase.

Good Night, and Good Luck

Thursday, December 10, 2015

When I first arrived in Washington D.C., I came with a passion for politics and not much else (well, I did have two giant suitcases, but I'm talking metaphorically here). I thought politics was interesting, but had no idea what I wanted to do for a career, nor did I know many specifics about the U.S. Government for that matter.  After this semester working for the U.S. Department of Commerce, I have solidified my goals and dreams to spend my career working in public service for the U.S. Government.

The Semester in Food

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

With my TWC semester coming to an end, I am sure I will blog about all the things I have learned and the unforgettable experiences I have had. However, today, I want to focus on the true highlight reel of my semester. And by this I mean all the amazing food I had here. As I was looking through my camera roll, I realized that most of the best memories I had here involved some great food. So, here is my highlight reel, in food. Enjoy :-)  

How to Make Them Remember Your Name

Monday, December 07, 2015

During my time here, I not only learned how to successfully maneuver the Metro like a true D.C. native, I also learned what is required to make an impact as an intern. Below are some tips to really make you stand out and make sure everyone in the office remembers your name! 1.You’ve gotta be a yes man

After the last piece of pie has been devoured and there is simply no more room for another bite (or you might actually burst), many families will hang out and watch a movie or follow another post-Thanksgiving meal tradition. My family creates our plan of attack. Our plan of attack for Black Friday shopping, that is. Growing up, we would wake up in the early hours of Friday morning to begin our adventures, but as the years have gone by, the stores have opened earlier and earlier - this year as early as 6:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving!  

Ambition is enthusiasm, with a purpose

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The temperature may be dropping, but that isn't going to keep me inside! This past week was one of many adventures, including a weekend trip to Georgetown, a visit from a Philly friend, and D.C. house hunting (yes, I am referring to my tour at the White House).  

I don't know about all of you, but one of the biggest things that scares me about the real world is the routine.  I mean, I love a good routine - to be perfectly honest, I eat the same bran flakes for cereal every morning - but the thought of being reduced to a mere machine, trudging along day by day and not really thinking about why I'm doing what I'm doing is downright terrifying. In honor of J. Bieb's album Purpose coming out on Friday, this post is to dedicated to purpose (tbt to the Kidrauhl YouTube days).  

With the air getting cooler and the leaves changing color, it’s slowly dawning on me that my time in D.C. is already halfway over. It’s crazy to think that the routine that I’ve so easily FALLen (hehe...get it?) into here will be over before I know it. Sometimes it’s hard to picture going back to school for another year and a half; this experience has me just jumping at the chance to enter the workforce (hire me plz?!)!

Stop existing, and start living

Sunday, October 25, 2015

These past 2 weeks were definitely one for the books. Hanover had fall break this past weekend, so my sister and grandparents decided to visit and I showed them around my city! I felt a slight transgression back into tourist mode (especially with my grandparents' obsession with their map), but it was worth every minute. We accomplished Georgetown, 4 museums, all the monuments, shopping and some of the best food I’ve had here.  

This past week has been one full of different cultures, and you know what that means (Hint: the answer is food)! From TWC's Global Citizenship Day Festival at the RAF on Friday, to the Taste of DC Festival on Sunday, to celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday, my tastebuds literally traveled all over the world. I knew that when I came to D.C. I would have some new experiences, but I had no idea I would have the opportunity to taste so much of the world.   Around the World in 2 Hours

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