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Madison

Madison

Home Institution: Belmont University

Internship Site: Do Good LLC

Program: Business and Global Trade

You Can't Take D.C. Out of the Girl

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hey friends! Just when you thought you had gotten rid of me, I’m back (360 days later) to write yet another blog post, now as a summer 2016 TWC alumna!

(I'm going to try my best not to cry throughout the writing of this final blog post.)  

My number one goal this summer is to NOT look like a tourist. From the way I walk, to the places I eat, I have tried my best to be "one of the locals" throughout my time in D.C. That being said, I have also tried to make the most of my time by researching creative and fun things to do while in this vibrant city. As I close out my time in the nation's capital (*insert crying faces*), I've decided to compile a list of 10 "Madison-approved" not-so-typical things to do here in D.C.  

How to Be Independent in D.C.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I'm sure all of us girls can relate when I say that going to the bathroom alone in middle school is just NOT a thing one would do. In 8th grade, I remember my friends begging me to walk 100 feet from the cafeteria to the bathroom with them. I would roll my eyes and finally give in, not ever completely understanding why exactly they absolutely needed someone to stand outside the bathroom door with them.  

The TWC Experience in 30 Songs

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Going to the number-one music business school in the country this past year has surrounded me with instrumentalists, singer/songwriters and creatives alike. I would estimate that out of five people you would meet at Belmont, at least three of them would be some kind of musician. Only at Belmont do you see kids in gazebos at all hours of the night strumming guitars and scribbling down song lyrics.  

Choosing to Be Positive

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Rain can be a great thing. It gives you a perfect excuse to stay inside and watch your favorite chick flick or read that book that's been on your shelf for the past five years. Listening to the drops of water falling on the roof and windows is one of the most relaxing sounds. Most people are happy to see rain, especially in the hot summer months when everything needs cooling down.  

Headed to TWC? Here's What to Pack

Monday, June 27, 2016

Embarrassingly enough, I strolled up to the RAF (TWC Housing) at the start of the summer with four suitcases. That's right, four. Looking back at it now, I definitely could have cut that number down to two, but if you're like me, the packing process is not one for the weary.  

4 D.C. Stereotypes Debunked

Sunday, June 19, 2016

So, I'm going to be honest. After watching Scandal, I have always dreamed of strutting down the corridors of the White House in a pantsuit and pumps like Olivia Pope. I mean, don't we all? I thought I knew D.C. inside out from watching that TV show alone. However, after being immersed in the city for almost three weeks now, I can definitely say that Scandal does a great job of "Hollywooding" D.C. to make it look like a blood-thirsty, everyone-is-out-to-get-everyone city.

D.C. aka Diversity Central

Friday, June 10, 2016

As I walk up and down the numbered and lettered streets of The District, I encounter politicians, businesspeople, foreigners, locals, tourists, and lots and lots of dogs. Being from a small suburb in the South, I was not exposed to a ton of diversity growing up. Meeting people from different cultures has always been important to my education of the world on a global scale, so coming to D.C. has been a dream come true for me. I don't think I have met a single person who was born and raised here. D.C.

Bringing Southern Culture to D.C.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Y'all: basically just an easier way to say "you" and "all." I knew moving to D.C. from the South would come with its challenges; however, I never knew that my accent would be one of them. Every time I have introduced myself to a fellow TWC student, they somehow automatically know that I am from the South! I am from a suburb north of Atlanta, so Southern accents aren't super noticeable - but I guess to Northerners, I do have a bit of a twang.  



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