3 Lessons to Learn Before Arriving in D.C.

3 Lessons to Learn Before Arriving in D.C.

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

 

It's been almost a full week since I arrived home from D.C. Although it is nice to finally relax after over two months of nonstop work, I miss D.C. more than I ever thought I would. As I unpacked, I would get waves of sadness as something as simple as a museum map would spark a certain memory. Those ten weeks were packed full of new people, experiences and adventures that I will always cherish. And man, did they fly by.

 

Never in my life have I learned so much in such a short period of time. Not only have I acquired important skills in my area of study, but I have discovered so much about myself. Although I could write ten blog posts on the things I've learned alone, I've decided to pick just three top lessons that I feel every incoming TWC student should know:

 

1. It's OK to take a break

It takes a very specific type of person to dedicate his/her entire summer break to not only a full-time internship, but also an academically rigorous program, on top of trying to make new friends and experience life in D.C. No doubt, it's a lot to juggle. To future TWC students: take time for yourself! Watch Netflix, order an entire pizza for yourself (guilty), go get your nails done, go shopping... do whatever makes you happy, and forget about your internship and TWC duties for just a hot minute! Yes, Mr. Guilt will be running behind you reminding you of the networking opportunity you're missing out on, the paper you have to write, the email you have to respond to, etc. but don't fall into his trap. Go ahead, kick your feet up. You deserve this.

 

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2. Be proud of your accomplishments

It can be so easy to let yourself harp on all of the things you're not doing. There were so many times throughout the semester where I felt like I wasn't getting the most out of my time in D.C. I was always worried that there was something more I should be doing. For what some would like to call an overachiever, it's so hard for me to reflect on my work and say, "Wow, I did a great job on that project," or "I'm really proud of that work I did." I'm always looking for ways to improve myself and my skills. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; however, it's even more important to recognize the amount of hard work and dedication it took to complete everything I did this summer. So, don't be afraid of patting yourself on the back once in a while!

 

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3. Don't let your failures/faults depress your self-confidence

This the single most important advice I can give you. Please know this: you are going to make mistakes and you are not going to be picture-perfect at everything. As pessimistic as that sounds, it's vital to know that before stepping into D.C. The minute I arrived at TWC, I quickly thought that everyone here was probably smarter and more experienced than me. For the first couple of weeks, I was always questioning my intellectual abilities. A lot of students at TWC are very vocal, and I am not. I thought that because I didn't have this quality, I was going to miss out on important opportunities. However, it took me a while to discover that although I was not as boldly opinionated as most, I have a lot of other great qualities to bring to the table. Don't let anyone, or especially yourself, tell you that you are not good enough.

 

Credit: Etsy.com "You are enough. You are so enough. It's unbelievable how enough you are."-Sierra Bogess

 

My final tip: Cherish your time at TWC. It goes by SO fast, so soak up every single minute. The memories you will make in D.C. will be some that you will remember forever. Meanwhile, I'll be behind this computer screen vicariously living through you. Go out, and do great things!

 

xoxo,

"the y'all queen"

Madison K.


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