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Home Institution: University of Calgary

Internship Site: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Program: International Affairs


Thursday, May 05, 2016

Today, as I looked down at my phone, my heart almost stopped when I realized it is already May 5th. To say that time flew by is an understatement. Where did the time go?! My life here in D.C. has been amazing thus far, and I owe it all to the people that I have experienced this amazing city with. Everyone who I have come into contact with has shaped this experience for the better, and as we start our countdown, let’s be sure to make these next few days ones that we will remember for a long time to come!  

Finding your Passion

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I have been told many times by colleagues and fellow students that D.C. is not like the rest of U.S. - it exists in its own bubble and what happens in D.C. is unique. I could not understand what they meant for the first couple of months, until I started looking around and realized that the world is present in this "bubble."  

How to Handle Homesickness

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I lived in South Korea for 2.5 years, and shortly after that amazing experience, I came to Washington D.C.! I feel like I know a thing or two about homesickness, and I hope that you find this post helpful. Below are a list of tips and tricks I have compiled from friends, colleagues and the internet. I think there is something to be said about the unwavering support and love from one's family. I have mentioned in multiple posts about how much I owe them, so it's no surprise that I would get a bit homesick.

Finding Family & Food

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The best way to get to know people is over a plate of food! Food, drinks and the right conversation can equal making great friends for life. Over this semester, I have been lucky enough to be a part of a dinner club of sorts, where we get together once a week and celebrate our accomplishments over good food and drinks.  

Information is Power

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The evening course I took with TWC has been one of the best classes I have taken during my 5 years of college. The class, International Organizations and Humanitarian Law, only strengthened my resolve to be in the field of international relations. I'll be honest, the academic portion of this program was not on the top of my list in the first weeks, but in no time I was hooked on the subject matter.

Lending A Helping Hand

Sunday, April 24, 2016

  For many of us, life after TWC may be a bit of grey area, and there may some time to figure things out. But there are some things to consider before you even leave TWC, like what to do with all of your stuff.  

Expanding my Future in D.C.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

I'll be the first to say that this experience has not been what I expected and, from my previous posts, I am sure you can tell I am very happy with how it turned out. One thing I did not expect to happen was for my internship site to sign me on as a contractor and to extend my time in D.C!  

From D.C. To Philly

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What can I say about Philadelphia? First, let me start by saying that it’s a great spot for the weekend or just a day trip; it’s a cool mix between D.C. and NYC, in my opinion. There is so much history and stuff to do, you won't be disappointed no matter how long you decide to stay.    


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

While I have had the opportunity to see what it's like to live in many cities around the world, I don't know if I got a true sense of what it's like to live NYC. Admittedly, I was the definition of a tourist when I traveled from D.C. to NYC this past weekend, but I think the one thing I took away from the never-ending rows of buildings was the energy that the city has. Even after a full day of travel and walking, the next morning I was still compelled to get going and explore.

Best. Decision. Ever.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Hello, everyone! It’s that time of the semester when midterms are upon us, and time seems to be flying by! I cannot believe its been 2 months since I landed in D.C. Where has all the time gone!? This week, I want to tell you about opportunities to travel outside of D.C. There are some amazing opportunities to explore other cities while you're here, and they all fit within a student budget! Feel like going to NYC for the weekend? Well, grab 50 bucks and a bag, and you are on your way! How about a day trip to Philadelphia?

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