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Home Institution: Hanover College

Internship Site: US Department of Commerce (DC)

Program: Politics and Public Policy

"I'll just take a water, please."

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Walk down any street in D.C. and you'll see the signs: "Half-price drinks 4-7!" "The best happy hour specials in D.C.!" Ah, it was the best of times. And yet, it was the worst of times. When you're 21, these signs can be a little piece of heaven. Cheap drinks and a networking atmosphere? What more could an unpaid intern ask for? Yet when you're 20, these signs can be a sign of defeat. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Here I am to give you some tricks of the trade to maneuver this city under the age of 21.  

D.C. has been ranked one of the most expensive cities in which to raise a family. Needless to say, living here without getting a paycheck isn’t the easiest thing to do. However, D.C. offers so many free activities, it’s definitely easy to have the time of your life, even when you are balling on a budget. This past weekend, I was living proof you can have a good time without dropping $100 every weekend. Also, you can't be sad when you're holding a cupcake. It's a fact.  

I saw the above quote at the Eastern Market, and I've never seen something more relatable. I think this perfectly sums up my mentality for this semester in D.C. (especially the last line). I'm starting my 4th week here, and I can slowly but surely feel the transition from tourist to resident taking place.   Say Yes to the Metro

I thought the Friends quote was an acceptable title, due to the fact that I officially finished my first week at the internship (and am almost done with my second), and I absolutely love it. I can be doing the most miniscule task and, to me, it feels like the most monumental thing I have done in my 20 years of life. God, I’m such a nerd (sorry, not sorry). But seriously, waking up and getting to go do something that can benefit your future in such a large way is quite inspiring.

If not me, who? If not now, when?

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Well hey. Fancy seein' you here! *Insert very firm handshake I've been practicing*   My name's Haley. I'm a political science major and a Phi Mu.  

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