Thank You TWC
A city of the East with the texture of the South. I've truly found comfort in Washington, D.C. It's been big enough to always have something new to eat, do and see, small enough to still make home.
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This semester's experience couldn't have come at a better time for me personally. Gone are the days of feeling the need to cut corners and trim edges of square pegs to fit into round holes.
This city has the potential to bring out the best in people. At least, it has for me. Never in my life have I felt so empowered to be unapologetically myself while being so welcomed and encouraged to do so.
I've taken risks and pursued things that I'd only thought about in the past. I've felt emboldened and curious. I've felt welcome to not know but ask questions. And most importantly, I've learned that all you need to do in order to make a valuable contribution in this world is care.
The education, the qualification, the guidance and everything in between will follow if you begin your pursuit with passion.
I've been able to see the beauty of cross-sector partnerships across disciplines. In more ways than ever before, organizations and institutions are pooling resources rather than pulling them from each other. They are working together towards a common goal and with every collaborative effort, we are getting closer to finding solutions to the problems we as Americans care about.
The CEO at my internship site, former Ambassador Maura Harty, coined a phrase that seemed to stick with me. "We are our own force multiplier."
The saying was so applicable to the work being done at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, but I've even found it to be a relevant way to approach the opportunities afforded to me in D.C.
Force multipliers are tools that help you amplify your effort to produce more output. D.C. has been my greatest tool and resource. There are way too many opportunities to expand your insight and see things through new eyes. For that, I am truly grateful and cannot wait to find myself here again in the very near future.
Thank you TWC & Thank you D.C.