The Washington Center

Austin

Austin

Home Institution: Samford University

Internship Site: Office of Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN)

Program: Politics and Public Policy

A Brief History of the U.S. Capitol

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Recently restored and resting atop Capitol Hill, the United States Capitol serves as the meeting place for the United States Congress. For the past three months I have been lucky enough to work only a few steps away from this iconic and internationally recognized landmark. I’ve made this short list pointing out historic moments of the Capitol, and I’ve included a few facts along the way!  

Tips for Any Future Hill Intern

Monday, November 07, 2016

You’re all moved in at The Washington Center. You’ve picked out the perfect outfit for your first day at work tomorrow. The nerves are starting to kick in. You’ve tossed and turned in bed for a while, and you’re wishing somebody would give you a few pieces of advice before your first day at your internship. Here are a few tips I wish I knew before I got started:    

The Perfect Night in D.C.

Monday, October 24, 2016

After successfully wrapping up midterms in our classes, my friends and I had extra motivation to celebrate over the weekend. Whether you only have one night to spend in D.C. or you’re just looking for the best evening out, the guide below will give you an idea on how to spend a night out in The District. After you’ve tried it, I think you’ll agree it rocks.   1.  Start at the Capitol

6 Tips Before You Arrive

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

After accepting the opportunity to spend a semester with The Washington Center, it only took me a few moments to begin to feel a sense of nervousness and hesitancy as to what was coming next. I will preface the content below by assuring you that I am not an expert on D.C., TWC or any other combination of acronyms you can find in this wonderful city. However, after spending six weeks living and interning in the heart of the nation's capital, I can confidently say that my decision to participate in TWC has been life-changing for the best.

My Biggest Takeaways (So Far)

Monday, September 26, 2016

I really cannot believe it has been 31 days since I moved to D.C. The pace has only seemed to slow down a bit, and the excitement of the new move hasn’t really faded. If anything, the more people I meet, the more I explore, and the more I learn have made each day better than the one before. This week, I have decided to slow the pace down for a few moments in order to reflect on a few takeaways from my first month in the capital.   1. Every Day is an Adventure

How My Fraternity Prepared Me for D.C.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Google the word “fraternity.” Regardless of where you’re reading this from, your age, or even if you are not a part of Greek Life, I don’t think you’ll be surprised by the amount of negative headlines you run across. Now, I’m certainly not immune to the fact that not all fraternities are perfect organizations. However, having had the chance to reflect on my own experience as a Sigma Chi at Samford, I’m reminded of the invaluable lessons it taught me and how I translated those skills directly to TWC and my internship.  

Expectations vs. Reality of D.C.

Monday, September 12, 2016

In case you didn’t pick it up from my blog last week…I really love facts and numbers. Although I’m a proud journalism major (and have been since the beginning), my close friends often say I should have majored in an area less open to creativity. For those friends still holding out hope, it’s not too late. According to USA Today, 80 percent of college students nationwide change their major at least once before graduating.

5 Reasons I Came to Washington, D.C.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Contrary to what many believe, George Washington is the only president to have never lived in the White House. Although he supervised the majority of construction, the White House wasn’t complete until November 1800 (11 months after his death). Now… I know what you’re thinking: “You’re living in the White House?!” Well…not exactly. But I am living in D.C., something George Washington also never got the chance to do, since the federal government didn’t move to the capital city until 1800.



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