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Bringing Southern Culture to D.C.

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.

 

I haven't met a single person from the South yet at The Washington Center, so people are so surprised when I tell them I'm from Georgia. One of my personal favorite reactions was, "Oh, so you must be a farmer's daughter!" That being said, I found so much excitement in the fact that one of my roommates from Michigan has let a couple "y'alls" slip out. I guess I've rubbed off on her a little bit.

 

Now that we've established that, I will continue to introduce myself by gracing you with picture of my first time in D.C., as a brace-faced (and very awkward) 8th grader.

 

Just look how excited I am!

Just look how excited I am!

 

That was the exact moment I knew I wanted to work and live in one of the most powerful cities in the world. After hearing about The Washington Center from my American Government professor, I jumped on the opportunity and applied right away. It was hilarious how after I would tell my friends about my summer plans, they replied with “You’re such a boss!” or “Wow. You already have your life together” (which trust me, I definitely do not), or even the classic “Say hi to Donald Trump for me!” Hmmm, I guess we will just have to see.

 

I've been here for over a week, and I have definitely come to the conclusion that I am the youngest one in this program. This is such an important time in American politics, so I didn’t want to wait one minute. I’m living in a time where the next presidential election is between a woman (previously the First Lady) and a real estate mogul turned TV personality. No matter what happens in November, American history will be made. I find it empowering to have the chance to have a voice in this country. This simple right is not something a lot of young women have in other nations around the world.

 

Beginning my Internship

The first week at my internship has been full of new learning experiences and man, it has flown by. I'm interning at Do Good LLC, a small organization that works to promote nonprofits and connect volunteers to service opportunities in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas. Myself and one other TWC student are serving as marketing interns, so our main job is to attract future subscribers through social media, charity events, etc. Interning at Do Good is probably a lot different than other internships because there are only 5 employees in the whole organization. Because of that, we work in a collaborative office with a ton of other small D.C.-based companies. Instead of being stuck at the same desk all day, we are encouraged to roam around the office space and choose where we want to sit. The best part: Dogs are allowed.

 

My first day on the job

First Day on the Job

 

Trying My Best To Not Look Like a Tourist

TWC has made it so easy to get acquainted with the nation's capital. Last Saturday, the Community Life team hosted walking tours in different neighborhoods around D.C. My roommates and I went on the Eastern Market tour. If you are looking for a non-touristy thing to do in D.C., this place is the BEST. It's a huge indoor and outdoor market with fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, clothes, jewelry and countless brunch and gelato places.

 

Memorial Day

Memorial Day was definitely my favorite day so far. First, we got brunch (D.C.'s favorite meal) at Founding Farmers, where I got to experience beignets (a piece of fried dough with powdered sugar on top) for the first time, and my life was forever changed.

 

PSA: this may or may not make you hungry

PSA: This photo may or may not make you hungry

 

Full and happy, we stopped at The Renwick Gallery, a modern American art museum. Although small, the Renwick Gallery features some of the most breathtaking sculptures I have ever seen.

 

WONDER by Gabriel Dawe

WONDER by Gabriel Dawe

 

We finished out the day by going to the Memorial Day Parade and then stopped by my favorite Smithsonian Museum, the National Museum of American History.

 

A Transformative Experience

TWC has proved in just a week that it truly is such an amazing program. On Friday, we had our first Colloquium Group meeting, which is like a small class geared towards professional development. This week, we learned about our own specific set of skills and values and how we relate them to our future careers. As part of the LEAD Colloquium, each student picks a Professional Track that ranges from International Affairs, to Media and Communications, to Law and Criminal Justice, to many more. I am in the Business and Global Trade track, and this past Friday, we travelled to Microsoft's office in D.C. for a site visit. We got to participate in a panel discussion on the importance of networking, and also created a step-by-step plan of action to make the most of our time here in D.C. as interns. Only at The Washington Center could you get this one of a kind opportunity.

 

As an 18-year-old girl, moving to a totally new city for the summer was a scary feat. However, I have been blessed to have met such kind and intelligent people in such a short amount of time. D.C. has treated me well so far, and I can't wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store!

 

For now, I will leave you with some fast facts about myself:

 

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Home Institution: Belmont University in Nashville, TN

Major: Marketing with a Political Science minor

Favorite Food: Sweet Potato Fries

Favorite D.C. Activity: Brunch

Favorite D.C. Neighborhood/Area: Georgetown

Favorite Movie: Anything with Tom Hanks

Favorite TV Show: Friends or Scandal

 

Talk to y'all later!

 

xoxo, Madison K.

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