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Barrett

Barrett

Home Institution: Hendrix College

Internship Site: Democratic National Committee

Program: Politics and Public Policy

Final Thoughts

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It's very hard to believe, but my time here in D.C. has finally come to an end. It's been an action-packed semester that has nevertheless gone by in a flash. I have loved every single second of it. As I sit at home (sadly) writing my last blog, I thought I would share some final thoughts on my time in the District.  

Last Minute Experiences

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My second-to-last week in Washington has been very bittersweet. On the one hand, it's starting to dawn on me that my time here with The Washington Center is drawing to a close. On the other hand, I know I've still got time to take advantage of all that D.C. has to offer. It's this spirit of trying to fit as much as I can into my limited time left that led me to embrace some signature Washington traditions this past week: the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree, and, of course, networking.  

Thanksgiving in the Big Apple!

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

With the Thanksgiving holiday, I found myself with some time off work and ready to put that free time to use. I wasn't going to be able to fly back home, but luckily my roommate Guneev was nice enough to invite me up to New York City with him! I got to stay with his family in Queens, and from there I was able to explore the city. It was my first time in NYC, and I wanted to see it all.   Lady Liberty and Ellis Island

Remember and Reflect

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Amid all the excitement of this city, there are moments that the real world comes crashing into what's been a dream semester. Two experiences really drove this home: visiting the Pentagon and its 9/11 memorial, and the way students here responded to the horrific tragedy in Paris. These reminded me that this city has seen some dark days and certainly is always under the threat of another horror. However, the people here have reinforced my belief that no matter the evil in the world the good in it is always greater.  

Happy Holidays (Come Early)

Friday, November 20, 2015

The end of Fall is rapidly approaching, with Thanksgiving right around the corner. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are falling, and Christmas merchandise is conspicuously (ALREADY) all around. My time in the District is sadly also coming to a close. However, this past week I was able to take advantage of my surroundings and explore the area outside of Washington D.C. a bit more.

Faith, Football, and the Future

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Every week in Washington has been jam-packed with events and experiences. That much you would probably expect. What has been unexpected is how diverse these weekly adventures are. Last week was the perfect example. There was professional development through a graduate school panel, personal exploration via an opportunity to learn about a different religious traditions, and community bonding through a great football watch party.  

Civil Discourse and Civic Engagement

Thursday, November 05, 2015

One of the great things about spending a semester in D.C. is, well, spending a semester in Washington D.C. This city is THE place for not just exciting internships that deal with social or economic issues, but also great discussions and debates over policy and politics as well. It's a city of ideas. It seems like everyone has his or her own analysis of the big news stories of the day, which is a great environment to be in. Where else can you talk about the Democratic primary with your Uber driver?

Getting Away From it All

Monday, October 26, 2015

It's been a long, busy week (and past couple of weeks) but this past week made it all worth it. First, I got to see all my recent hard work at my internship pay off as our Women's Leadership Forum Conference was a tremendous success. Then, I got to unwind with an unforgettable weekend exploring outside of D.C.   Hard Work Pays Off

Pandas and Pines!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

It's hard to believe my time here in D.C. is nearing the halfway point! It seems like I've been here forever, but all the while time has actually been flying by. There is still so much more of this city I've yet to explore. However, I was able to enjoy two Washington institutions: the Smithsonian National Zoo and the White House Fall Garden Tour!   PANDA

Adventures In Global Citizenship

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I've said it before, but it bears repeating: Washington D.C. is a global city like no other. There are people here from every country you can think of, and a few you've probably never heard of (hello Kyrgyzstan!) It's a great experience meeting people from different cultures and making connections that you never thought you'd make. Living and working in D.C. is definitely a great way to expand your horizons and explore the concept of "global citizenship".



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