The Washington Center



Home Institution: University of North Florida

Internship Site: The Law Office of Matthew Rist, PLLC

Program: Law and Criminal Justice

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me

Friday, May 13, 2016

When I was preparing for my trek to Washington, D.C., I honestly had no idea what to expect. I tried to contact a former TWC intern in hope of her sharing some advice, but was unsuccessful in my efforts. When I spoke about moving temporarily up to D.C., I got very mixed responses. Some said things like “Oh! That’s wonderful” or “Everyone should live in the D.C. area for some amount of time in their lives." Others had opposing views such as “I hated it there…” or “I hope your D.C. experience will be better than mine."

From TWC to Graduation

Monday, May 09, 2016

As always, I walk out of my bathroom, look at the clock and mini-scream. It’s 2:50 p.m. and we need to be at the University of North Florida Arena at 3 p.m. In a panic, I whip myself together while also yelling at my brother, “Put your clothes on! Put your clothes on! We are so late! Come on, we have to go NOW!” Of course, my brother chooses today, of all days, to drive a new route to the school, and I am having a heart attack in the passenger seat.  

The Final Weekend

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

My last weekend in Washington, D.C. has finally arrived, and I didn’t even spend it in the city. Well, that may be because in my time here, I fell in love with another city. That city is Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland. Now, I may be biased because my boyfriend goes to school there, but I simply see that as a perk; the city itself is so beautiful and full of history. Annapolis is made up of two parts: the city and the historic downtown harbor. The historic harbor is my favorite part.

D.C. Food Favorites

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Food, food, food and more food. There is no better place in the whole world for unique food than the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia). So, if you have some extra cash saved up, here are some spots I have discovered and highly recommend. Be forewarned, some of these places are a bit pricey and others are far away, but if you are up for an adventure, these places are for you.

Workplace Mishaps (and Solutions)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Everyone faces hardships in their lives, whether it is losing a family member, not getting into the school of your choice or maybe moving to a new city. As college students, adversity usually comes in the form of cramming for exams or recovering from a bad grade. When you enter the workplace, whether as an intern or an employee, new types of hardships may arise.  

The Evolution of Politics

Monday, April 18, 2016

Washington, D.C. is riddled with public icons, whether they be politicians, foreign dignitaries, sometimes a celebrity or two, and of course, TV personalities. When we see these individuals on television, they are merely a character and often we forget that they are just like us.

From D.C. Tourist to Tour Guide

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Whether you are a tourist or a local, it is usually quite easy to spot people who are clearly out of their norm. Washington, D.C. is one of the best places in the country to observe this phenomenon, especially around the monuments in the springtime. On one corner of the monument, you have an Eastern Asian family examining a map, to your left you have middle-school girls trying to capture the perfect jumping picture and finally, to your right, you have a daily runner who just enjoys jogging with a view.

Experience Transforms

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The mission of The Washington Center is to "provide students with transformational experiences that foster academic and professional achievement, leadership and civic engagement."

As many of you know, the District of Columbia is one of the pricier cities in the country. However, this absolutely should not inhibit you from participating in The Washington Center programs! Through the duration of your stay in D.C., this “money” obstacle will not prevent you from having a wonderful experience. Being a senior in college, living on a budget, being adventurous AND being social may seem impossible. I am here to tell you that it is not. After a bit of time in the city, you learn how to cut corners.

Why Headphones are Your Worst Enemy

Friday, March 04, 2016

If you walk around D.C., especially during the morning and evening rush hours, you see a large majority of people with their headphones in. Now, I can’t say I am not guilty of this. Sometimes, I understand wanting to listen to music or if you are like me, BBC World Service. Now that I have proved that I am not biased, I will begin this week’s Public Service Announcement… TAKE YOUR HEADPHONES OUT!

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