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Tiara

Tiara

Home Institution: Albright College

Internship Site: International Rescue Committee

Program: International Affairs

Reflection Time!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I'm actually really sad to have left D.C. My experience at The Washington Center has brought me so much growth and maturity. From figuring out my passions, to learning new perspectives and meeting so many established people and eager like minds. I think that I did take advantage of all D.C. has to offer and the opportunities TWC created for us from meeting our senators to learning about new cultures, career possibilities and of course all my internship offered.

So about the academics at TWC!

Monday, December 14, 2015

I figured I talk to you guys about my class this semester because I had such a great experience and learned so much. It's called Government and Business in the New Economic Reality: How Washington Really Works and we learned all about the roles of the public sector. My professor did a great job of breaking down each role of the government by dividing it into the legislative, judicial and executive branches.  

Birthing Passions in D.C.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

D.C. really provided me with the opportunity to learn a lot about myself, a community that needs assistance and about the world. One way I was best able to look back on my experience here was through my Civic Engagement reflection assigned to interns by TWC. Our task was to reflect on our civic engagements and act on a particular cause we cared about. After many interesting talks, events and seminars, I am happy to "birth" a new passion- International Education!

So this time of year is bittersweet for most interns, especially myself, having to leave our awesome internships, beautiful D.C. and our new soon to be life long friends! However, we are excited to use our new information and new found passions to use in our home towns. I made it my goal to visit and do things that I should have done months ago this week, including in this picture below, lunch with my internship interns.

Official Business (Sorta)

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Recently, I participated in an event with the State Department because of my commitment to helping students study abroad. My job was to promote the scholarships as much as possible by speaking at my university, in my community and using social media to spread the word. Those who were able to do it the most were eligible to win a grand prize of a weekend at the Capitol all expenses paid for a professional development training during education week. Myself along with 2 other girls won the prize and the event was perfect!

Season of Giving

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

What a beautiful time of year   D.C. is beautiful and vibrant all year round it seems, however this may be my favorite time. The trees, seasonal activities, clothing, holiday spirits all shape an extraordinary city and I'm happy to be here during this time. With only a few weeks left, I'm doing my best to finish my D.C. checklist so there's lots to do in little time!  

D.C. Culture

Thursday, November 19, 2015

As part of our Professional Track Assignment, my friends in my track and I were to visit the Greek Embassy and we decided to see all of the embassy's along the way. I'm quite surprised that I haven't done this before, the buildings are beautiful! It was quite exciting as an aspiring Foreign Service Officer. During the actual event at the Embassy of Greece, we heard about Greece's role in the refugee situation.

Holiday Time

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

As the holiday season creeps up on us (although it doesn't feel like it!) I'm reminded of my annual events in my city. I take the holidays as an opportunity to give back to inner cities, because often they are neglected year round. One year for Thanksgiving, I partnered with the city of Philadelphia and a local celebrity to distribute 400 turkeys to nearby communities. It's almost second nature for me to be at a toy drive or a turkey drive during the holidays.

Breaking the Barrier

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

On 10.10.15, Washington D.C. held the Million Man March 20th anniversary where marchers walked from the National Mall to the Capitol. Running from 6am to about 6pm there were many motivational speakers talking to us about history and moving forward. I remember attending the very first one when I was 4 years old and it was nice to see the progression we have made since then. Living in D.C. was super convenient because my friends and I walked to the march.

What a time to be alive!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Ok, for anyone who has purchased the newest Drake and Future album, you caught my reference, however I am going to reroute where you all may have been thinking. I just think it's so awesome that I'm in D.C. working at a refugee site during the unrests going on in Syria, East Africa, Congo, and so on. Man it's bittersweet. To back up, I'm working at the International Rescue Committee over in Silver Spring and I meet with people from all over the world who needed to flee their country for whatever reason, political unrest being the most common.



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