It's Only The Beginning Of A New Chapter

It's Only The Beginning Of A New Chapter

It feels really surreal to be back in Lubbock, Texas, winding down and writing my second last blog post of the semester. It’s a bit strange to be blogging from my friend’s place (where I’ll be staying for a while until I find a place of my own) as opposed to my little cozy room at the RAF, which is where I’ve blogged for the last 14 weeks. Fourteen weeks—how time flies! I can’t believe that I’ve actually completed my semester with The Washington Center. Now I’m back in Texas, getting ready to face what will be one of the biggest days of my life: Graduation. In 2 days!



As cliche as it sounds, it really does feel like it was just yesterday that I was loading up my luggage, getting ready to land in Washington, D.C., anxious to meet my roommates and other fellow interns and excited to start my internship at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The past months have been filled with amazing experiences that will stay in my memory for years to come. It’s really heartbreaking to have to close this chapter of what seems to be the best spring semester ever.



I’ve met so many awesome individuals and done so many things that I wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t come to D.C. - like sledding at the Capitol building, going to all these free museums and seeing all these powerful leaders in action during congressional events I attended for my internship. I learned so many life skills/lessons that I’ll be able to carry with me for the rest of my life. And, of course, my housing experience would not have been so incredible and harmonious if it weren’t for my funny and wonderful roommates: Jessie, Jess, and Justine.


Shoutout to my roomies for being awesome!

I will miss y’all dearly!

Last Weekend In D.C.

Since Thursday was the last day of my internship, I had about 4 days to play tourist to the max and get whatever that’s left on my to-do list checked off. It had been a busy week for me, to say the least. I was juggling between finishing my assignments for the TWC portfolio, while trying to make time to go out and explore the city for the last time. It had been raining a lot, so I couldn’t explore as much as I might have wanted. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying my last days in D.C. I still managed to check off a few places from my attraction list:


The Kennedy Center

Arlington National Cemetery

Renwick Gallery


These are the things I found most fascinating in each of the 3 places: Arlington National Cemetery (1), Renwick Gallery (2), The Kennedy Center (3)


I also got to do some last minute shopping in Georgetown and tried out restaurants I hadn’t yet tried, like Busboys and Poets (where I had farewell brunch with my fellow blogger and good friend, Jill).


I had the potato pancakes with a side of fruit!


I even got to see Bobby Flay from the Food Network (who is a thoroughbred horse owner) during my last-ever hearing that the House held on the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015. It was so cool to see Bobby in person, since I used to watch his shows on TV.


Oh hey! Bobby’s looking my way


In all, I would say that the highlight of my time in D.C. would’ve been to see the live cheetah that was brought into one of the House buildings for a briefing in conjunction with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Too bad the briefing itself was a closed one, for Capitol Hill staffers only. Hearing the pitter-patter of paws every now and then in Senate and House buildings is quite the treat (congressmen bring their pets in all the time; it apparently lightens the mood on the Hill), but seeing a live cheetah is definitely something else. Since that didn’t happen, I was pretty bummed. But it’s all good: I got to see pandas at the National Zoo (though that was not my first time seeing pandas), and they were just so adorable!


Meet Tian Tian the Giant Panda!

He loves bamboo as much as he loves the camera!


Besides the awesome moments I had the last couple of days and in the past months, The Washington Center has taught me a lot in terms of navigating the professional environment. I am more prepared now to enter the career world with all the lessons I’ve accumulated as a TWC student and through my internship at HSUS. I’ve grown both professionally and personally during my time in D.C. and am thankful to have had such a great experience interning in the country’s capital alongside like-minded and ambitious individuals. Meeting with so many people with such a drive for success has greatly influenced me to want to succeed as well. When I came here in January, my vision of my future was unclear; now, I am much more confident about what I want to do with my life and how to go about achieving it. It really doesn’t end here; I’d like to see that this is the first of a series of stepping stones towards my goals. I am now officially done with my academics and am ready to graduate and move on to the next step: job hunting.


So, for all you future TWC interns out there: taking that step to spend 3 months of your life in Washington D.C. may just be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. I assure you that, like me, you will leave with much more confidence about your future plans after gaining professional experience in your field. I bid you guys all the best. May you go forth and achieve success!



And to wrap up, I want to thank you all so much for following along on my journey in D.C. and reading about my highlights throughout the semester. I hope that the tips and advice I’ve shared on my blog have been helpful and insightful. I’ve enjoyed being a student blogger and for me personally, I am very glad that I can now look back on these blog entries as a token of my stay here in the Capital! It was well worth my time!



But this is not my last blog post yet. In my next real last post, I will be sharing a picture collage of my time in D.C. I hope those pictures will adequately showcase D.C’s awesomeness! I love pictures, so I’m really excited about it. Stick around!


#RANDOMTHROWBACKS: “Shear Madness” At The John F. Kennedy Center

To end our time in D.C. nicely, a friend and I went to see a play at The Kennedy Center. We decided to watch America’s favorite comedy - Shear Madness. It’s an interactive and engaging play that allows the audience to participate in solving a crime, which the play is based on. I’d never heard of such a thing before, so I was really keen to check it out. It’s definitely worth your money and time if you’re looking for some light-hearted humor. The script is hilarious and they often include D.C. pop culture jokes to make it more relatable for locals. Well, I won’t say much more and ruin it for you. If you want to know more, make your way down to The Kennedy Center to catch Shear Madness when you’re in D.C. It shows everyday at various times!



Tip#1: Purchase tickets on the day of showing, as you may get half off all tickets to any show. I got my Shear Madness tickets for $25.



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