Getting Through the Mid-Day Slump

Getting Through the Mid-Day Slump

I cannot believe that I've been here in D.C. for over 2 whole months and it's already April. We just have 5 more short weeks to go!

 

Checked Out

One thing I've learned through this experience is that you don't have to be in school to develop some "senioritis." It has gotten to that point in the semester where I am antsy and starting to occasionally "check out." For me, mentally checking out means taking slightly longer to complete tasks and spending the lunch hour fitting in an episode of "The Office."


And it's not just me. A bunch of us interns start feeling this way, so we take a break by sending each other memes in the GroupMe chat. Yesterday, shenanigans were especially high when one intern hid another's phone in the ceiling while she was away. It was honestly like that one prank in "The Office" when Jim puts Andy's phone in the ceiling and calls it repeatedly. Here's a little clip from that episode for your entertainment:

 

 

There may be some fun and games, but it's important not to let them get in the way of your work and your relationship with supervisors. It's easy to adopt the mindset that, as an intern, you don't have to try as hard because you're not getting paid. However, it is essential to remember that your main goal is to get a strong recommendation from your internship supervisor. This will come in handy when you're applying for future internship/job opportunities (not to mention when they are providing an actual grade for you at the end of the semester)!


Another thing you should not slack off on as a TWC student is your LEAD assignments. I know a few people who procrastinated on completing their informational interview assignment, where you find one professional in your field of interest and conduct a short interview with them. This sounded weird to me at first, but they are actually a very common networking tool around D.C. This is not something you want to procrastinate on because:

 

1. It is rude to ask someone to do you a favor last minute, and

2. Their availability might be limited.


So, if they are only available to meet with you after your assignment is due, you are out of luck.

 

If you are a prospective student for TWC, then you likely want to come to D.C. to gain professional experience and build your resume. If this is not the case, I suggest you do not come here. If you are not interested in seriously taking advantage of the opportunities that TWC provides in order to lay a foundation for your career path, then this is a waste of time and energy for you.


The Washington Center has a strict attendance policy that students sometimes complain about, but in the end, these rules ensure that you get the most "bang for your buck" and gain as much as you can from this whole experience. This is something to keep in mind as you apply to a TWC program and prepare yourself to participate in this experience.

 

Class

As a reminder, my evening course at TWC is called "Mass Media and American Politics: The Road to the White House 2016." We meet every Thursday night.


Last night, our class met off campus for an event at George Washington University. You may have heard of CNN's Race for the White House documentary series. It's narrated by Kevin Spacey (*heart eye emoji*) and consists of several episodes - Jackson v. Adams, Lincoln v. Douglas, Truman v. Dewey, Kennedy v. Nixon, Bush v. Dukakis, and Clinton v. Bush.


At this event, we were lucky enough to view the Kennedy v. Nixon episode before it airs, followed by a panel discussion including panelists CNN's Dana Bash and Robert Kennedy's oldest daughter, Kathleen. Even from the start, the episode gave me goosebumps. That may be due in part to Kevin Spacey's chilling voice but also because the images, video clips and music together were amazing. The entire project was very well done, and I am so excited to watch the Adams v. Jackson episode this Sunday night.

 

Katie's Corner

My food recommendation this week is a place my roommate and I visited for brunch on Easter Sunday.

 

We found this place when our Alumni in Residence (shoutout to Dan!) came to our apartment on the Friday before Easter just to check up on us. We told him that we were looking for a place to go to for brunch on Sunday that we could actually get into that late in the game. The place he suggested to us - one of his favorites - was Commissary, located about 6 blocks off the Dupont Circle Metro stop.


I have to be honest here. I am still not accustomed to taking pictures of my food every time I go out to eat, because I'm not some Instagram foodie. However, I will assure you with my words that it was worthwhile.


For one, I was surprised we even got a reservation there at 10:00 a.m. - prime brunch time. Second, since it was Easter, they had Cadbury Egg milkshakes. I tried my roommate's milkshake and wished I had ordered one myself... it was delightful.


There were a lot of great options for my entree. I went into this expecting to order something sweet, but I ended up ordering the Bagel BELT (Bacon, Egg, Lettuce, Tomato). My only complaint is that it was a rather small plate, but it tasted great and the place had a nice ambiance. I can always order an extra side next time!


That's it for this week. Thank you for reading my blog and remember to feel free to throw me a comment below!


Until next week.
- K

 

 

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