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Home Institution: Grand Valley State University

Internship Site: 121 Corp

Program: Media and Communication

Then to Now: My D.C. Experience

Sunday, August 14, 2016

There’s this tribe up in the Andes of northern Chile, they’re called the Aymara, and they have a very interesting perspective on time. To them, the past is ahead and the future is behind. That’s why we can see the past as clear as day, but the future is all guesswork. It’s because we’re facing the wrong way – we don’t have eyes on the backs of our heads. Y’see? Time flows through us, from a point ahead, between our legs, and off into the indefinite future from whence we came. Makes sense when you think about it, right?

Discovering Air Guitar in D.C.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

When Rick first invited me to the Air Guitar USA Championships, I was a little flabbergasted. I'm exposing my naiveté here, but I didn't know that air guitar existed, or that it was competitive. My first question was: why pay to watch someone pretend to play guitar when I could see someone actually play guitar? That night, I got the answer - turns out there's a lot more to pretending to play guitar than moving your fingers and making funny noises. If only someone told me that before I started listening to music in the bath.  

Conquering the Smithsonian Museums

Thursday, July 28, 2016

There’s nothing better than being in a museum and hearing the drumbeat of a torrential rainstorm start up on the roof. It transforms those quiet halls from a good place to be, to the perfect place to be. You’re safe inside, as dry as a Sediments of the Midwest exhibit, strolling around, leisurely enjoying your Sunday afternoon... Oh, man, that sounds so nice. I’m going to miss the Smithsonian. Here’s my write up of its biggest offerings.

D.C.'s Guide to Pokémon Go

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I never thought the day would come, but on Monday I caught a Squirtle at the NOMA station. I named him Gilbert. If there wasn’t a character limit, I would’ve dubbed him Sir Gilbert W. Thompson, Topographer. Why? Don’t worry about it. How’d I catch a Squirtle? Read on, friend. Read on.    

D.C. Nightlife: A Review

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I sat up in bed last night and told Rick I'd dreamt that I'd written a review of D.C. nightlife, with contributions from a bunch of our friends, and it was super, super awesome. I asked him if I should write it for real. He snored in response, but it was a very supportive snore and so I decided I'd better get started.   (Courtesy of  

6 Tips on Managing the Metro

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

If there's two things I hate, it's germs and crowds. And if there's one place that combines them both with effortless grace, it's the D.C. Metro. However, given that I've been here a month now, I've had time to develop some useful coping mechanisms. I think they may prove worthwhile to other germaphobic introverts who wind up in the nation's capital, so I went ahead and whipped up this little guide. I hope it's helpful.

How to Stay Safe in D.C.

Monday, June 13, 2016

So, I've been here for two weeks now, and I'm not sure I ever want to leave. This place is sweet. If you've never been to D.C., I strongly urge you to visit. And if you're a history nerd like me, make it a long visit. Capitol Hill and the National Mall are breathtaking, and if you appreciate architecture, your neck will be sore from days of involuntarily gawking up and down the streets like a kid in a candy shop.  

Arriving in the Capital

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Ethan was born in Manchester, England in 1996. He moved to Michigan in 2001 and still lives there today. He's a passionate reader, writer, movie-goer and pizza eater. This summer, he's putting his writing skills to work for 121 Corp, a Mexican-American branding agency, and for The Washington Center (TWC) as a student blogger. He has a younger brother, an older sister, and two very British parents, all of whom he loves very much. He hopes you'll forgive him for writing this bit in the third person.

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